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Don Wilcher

Don Wilcher is an Electrical Engineer, Technical Education Researcher, Instructor, Maker and Book Author. Currently, Don is Director of Manufacturing and Technology at Jefferson State Community and a Fulltime Instructor. He has an Associate of Science in Electrical-Electronics Technology, Bachelor of Electrical Engineering Technology, and Master of Science in Education, Innovation and Technology. He is currently an Education Doctoral Student studying Personalized Learning and Competency Based Instruction. He researches Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence applications and their impact on Personalized Learning, Competency Based Models curriculum and instructional development in the fields of Mechatronics, Automation, IoT, Electronics, and Industrial Maintenance Technologies.

Prototyping Industrial Control Concept Applications Using MicroPython and the BBC micro:bit.

Available in 33 days, 3 hours and 39 minutes

Automation is being impacted by smaller more efficient programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and programmable automation controllers. With such controllers, mechanical based systems, like conveyors, transfer stations, hydraulic, and pneumatic machines are able to operate at higher efficiency and quality performance. Therefore, how can innovative industrial controllers be implemented to ensure manufacturing processing and methods can be adjusted properly with reliability and accuracy? In this virtual talk, industrial control application concepts using MicroPython and the BBC micro:bit will be explored. The big ideas to be learned in this talk are prototyping methods in the development and validating sensing, detection, and control applications using MicroPython and the BBC micro:bit.

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How to Train the Future IoT Workforce Remotely? (2020)

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With Covid19 impacting hands-on learning at higher education and postsecondary institutions, undergraduates and postsecondary learners have no to limited access to engineering and technical instructional labs. How can instructional training in IoT be implemented remotely? In this Virtual Talk (VT), the spending cost of IoT products and the demand for a technology- oriented workforce needed will be presented. To meet this workforce demand, instructional strategies for learning IoT technologies remotely with low cost hardware development platforms will be discussed. Also, open source software tools to aid in creating IoT applications will be presented. Further, WiFi and Bluetooth (BT) development approaches will be compared along with alignment of hardware platforms. The specific hardware platforms to be discussed in this VT will include ESP32, ESP8266, the Raspberry Pi, Arduino Nano 33 BLE/Nano 33 BLE Sense, and the BBC micro:bit. In addition, WiFi and BT application concepts for sensing and control will be presented.

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Live Q&A - How to Train the Future IoT Workforce Remotely? (2020)

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Live Q&A with Don Wilcher following his talk titled 'How to Train the Future IoT Workforce Remotely?'

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