Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University have formed a partnership to expand research and educational opportunities with IoT.

“This partnership will further the regional effort to make Cleveland a leader in the Internet of Things revolution, expanding the development of new innovations, increasing technology transfer and enhancing economic investment,” said Cleveland State President Ronald M. Berkman. “I am proud to join with President Snyder to announce this unique collaboration between our two institutions.”

The effort builds on an initial $200,000 planning grant from the Cleveland Foundation that enabled CSU and CWRU to assess regional expertise in IoT technology areas and identify gaps to be filled. The grant was part of the Cleveland Foundation’s recently announced “Digital Excellence Initiative,” which invests in efforts that create a more connected community, support digital skills development, improve digital civic engagement, elevate regional digital leadership, and encourage technology innovation for social good.

“We deeply appreciate the Cleveland Foundation’s support of this collaboration, and look forward to advancing discovery and education in ways that create new business and employment opportunities for our region,” said Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder. “I thank President Berkman and the entire Cleveland State team for engaging so enthusiastically in this effort.”

The partnership will include new course development, student exchanges, joint research programs and economic development initiatives with third-party partners to support the continued expansion of the Internet of Things and make Cleveland a national hub for research and development.