Program Overview

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an environment where smart devices sense, anticipate, and respond to our needs as we manage them remotely.  These smart devices often act as the gateway between our digital and physical world.

The IoT curriculum was developed in such a manner that it further supports students in the CIT program through the use and application of advanced and cutting edge network device technologies.

The Redd Ash Innovation Center was designed to foster the growth of IoT technology at LSSC and to provide a pathway for students to step into the future of IoT solutions.

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IoT Faculty & Industry Experts

Dr. Luis Pizarro

First, let me thank you for showing interest in LSSC’s Internet of Things space. To share a little about myself, I have 20+ years industry experience as a hardware software and network engineer with the latter part of my career spent as a applications developer and data analyst. I also hold Cisco CCNA and Microsoft MCP, MCSA and MCSE certifications. I absolutely look forward to not only interacting with you in this space, but also serving you as the primary instructor in LSSC’s IoT course.

Chris Sargent

Christopher Sargent, DM, PMP, joined LSSC in 2014 as an instructor. He started his IT career at Middlebury College as a lab manager and helpdesk support technician. He later worked for the USDA in tech support, then at the University of Maryland for nearly 14 years as a network administrator and project manager. Chris recently completed a doctorate in management at the University of Maryland Global Campus, writing his dissertation on “addressing student performance gaps in online courses”. He spends his free time with his family at local theme parks, the beach, and watching his New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dr. Betti McTurk

My name is Dr. Betti McTurk. I have been in the education field since 1998, but since 2011, I have served as faculty in LSSC’s CIT Program, and as of last year I became the subject matter expert in Cyber Security. I have an AAS in Computer Technologies, a BA in English as a Second Language, a MS in Technology in Education, a second MS degree in Information Security and lastly a Ph.D. in Information Security and Assurance.

Rommel Roberts, Redd Ash Technologies

Hello students, I’m Rommel Roberts, Entrepreneur, and CEO of Redd Ash Technologies. Redd Ash Technologies is an industry expert in the deployment of IoT solutions in the industrial vertical. I am a Microsoft Certified System Engineer, Security Certified Network Professional,  Fluidmesh Wireless Level 4 Certified Engineer, Linux Red Hat Certified Engineer and hold a Micro Master in Artificial Intelligence. I am also an expert in designing complex mobile networks to support autonomous vehicles.  I look forward to interacting with you at the Innovation Center through our Internship programs, Certification classes/training with world class manufacturers, and providing you with access to hands on applications of over $80,000.00 worth of equipment that’s been donated to Redd Ash for the students of the LSSC IT program.