Applied Blockchain Course Grabbing Attention of Global Technology Leaders

Blockchain remains a massive trend that is as promising and potentially disruptive as ever. The distributed ledger technology is being piloted in a number of industries, making it a highly sought-after job skill.

To meet the global industry demand for talent, MIT Professional Education launched a new summer course, Applied Blockchain. The class is taught by Dr. Abel Sanchez and John Williams, MIT faculty members with a long history of working with MIT Professional Education. The duo also collaborated to develop professional-level courses on cybersecurity, IoT, AI and DevOps.

“We meet with a lot of companies around the world through our work with MIT Professional Education, and find there is a lot of interest in these cutting-edge topics, but I’ve been blown away by the reaction I get when I mention the new blockchain course. Blockchain is like a magic word, and I think that speaks to the potential this emerging technology has to become deeply entrenched in the enterprise,” said Sanchez.

Sanchez and Williams also recently launched a Digital Plus Programs course, Digital Transformation: From AI and IoT to Cloud, Blockchain, and Cybersecurity, which is now being offered in English and Spanish — further expanding MIT Professional Education’s global outreach. Professor Williams added, “Our goal is to provide professionals with the critical knowledge they need to be successful and unleash the full potential of technical advancements. The more people we reach, the more we inspire creativity and nurture innovation. Perhaps, with luck, our work will help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.”

Dr. Sanchez holds a Ph.D. from MIT and is the Executive Director of MIT’s Geospatial Data Center (GDC). His areas of specialty include the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Cybersecurity, and Digital Innovation.

John R. Williams, Professor of Information Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Engineering Systems Director at MIT, is internationally recognized in the field of computational algorithms for large-scale particle simulators and has authored two books and over 100 publications