The newest member of the Level team, Sam Tawfik joins as our IoT program director and instructor for our 13-week IoT boot camp. Sam has a robust IoT background and is eager to pass on his knowledge to our next cohort of students. We got the chance to sit down with Sam and get to more about him.
What is your professional background?
I have an expansive background in analytics and IoT with a focus on solutions architecture and product marketing. I played a key role at Cisco (a leading Internet solutions company & the creator of the IoT lab for Level) in directing the development of IoT industry solutions to help customers bridge the gap between Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT).
What made you want to start teaching IoT?
I have seen too many false starts with IoT projects by organizations and vendors due to the lack of planning and a basic understanding of the IoT stack. My mission is to teach IoT and make IoT thinkers out of our students. Many companies are starting down IoT driven paths with very little background knowledge of how everything is connected, the available technologies, and the environment’s limitations. The IoT boot camp is designed to explore all the available options so the designers can create a robust and scalable solution.
What are some of your favorite aspects of IoT?
I love the selection of the sensors as well as the deployment and management of the sensors. Sensors help collect all the data for IoT products to operate. I am also fascinated with leveraging machine learning because it helps us understand the profiles of the environments and machines being monitored by the sensors.
Where do you see the future in IoT going?
I am excited to see how the communications of the sensors as well as the IoT software and cloud platforms mature over time. As we learn more about how to make these sensors gather more complex data, we can make them accomplish tasks we never thought possible. Managing all that data through cloud platforms will also be a massive part of the future of IoT. I am excited to see how many new solutions are born from the deployment of cloud-based platforms.
What industries do you see being affected by IoT the most?
Manufacturing, healthcare, transportation, utilities, oil, gas, mining, agriculture, and government.
What do you think is the best consumer IoT product available?
Home automation products (like the Amazon Alexa or Nest Thermostat) and driving behavior analytics.
What can students expect from your course?
Students can expect a comprehensive understanding of the IoT stack including sensors, devices, hardware, firmware, networking, communications protocols, device management, IoT software and cloud platforms, analytics, and machine learning. Students will also get to participate in capstone projects where they can learn to apply the learnings to real-world business problems in collaborations with an IoT vendor.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Level is very excited to have Sam on board as we expand our IoT professional network of students. IoT is what is making the future world we see in the movies a reality. As the number of connected devices and the possibilities of AI, machine learning, and cloud software expands, more and more jobs will be created. The need for the skills for those jobs will be crucial, and Sam hopes to pass on those skills to our latest cohort.