About "Internet of Things" (IoT)

In a few years, our human senses to "see, hear, touch, smell and taste" and our ability to rearrange our environment will be supplemented with sensors and actuators that collect information, and communicate with one another. These devices will be rigidly managed by a control algorithm that will analyze voluminous data and perform appropriate actions to achieve a mission. At the foundation of an “Internet of Things" infrastructure is the microelectronic circuits that perform data acquisition, signal processing, and communications within the device. These are performed by integrated circuits and microcontrollers that are incorporated within the device, commonly referred to as "embedded systems."

Embedded Systems & IoT at Shady Grove

With the rapid pace of growth in IoT products and applications, there is a pressing need in industry and government for engineers with special skills in hardware and software design who are well-versed with both analog and digital electronics and information systems. The new Bachelor of Science in Embedded Systems and Internet of Things (ESIOT), offered at the Universities at Shady Grove, addresses this demand. The program trains future engineers who are cognizant of the latest trends in circuits and hardware-oriented software and are capable of an immediate contribution to the private and public sector institutions in which they will work.

ESIOT Admissions Information

The ESIOT major is a transfer program, suited for students who have completed an associate's degree from a Maryland public community college. As an A. James Clark School of Engineering program, students must meet the Engineering LEP admissions requirements to be admitted to the program (on a space available basis).  The Embedded System major follows a cohort-based format, with a pre-set class schedule. The first cohort of students was admitted for the Fall 2020 semester. 



The Bachelor of Science in Embedded Systems provides students with a solid foundation in key emerging technologies of the Internet of Things (loT), the ability to integrate devices into complete loT systems, and an understanding of how loT fits within the wider context of information and communications technology, including data analytics and cloud computing. At the senior level, students will be able to specialize in one of the following tracks: Hardware, Computational, or Security.

The major will require 122 credits for graduation, of which 60 are transferred into the program from a Maryland public community college, and 62 credits are completed at Shady Grove.