Nick Barendt

Assistant Vice President of Research for Technology and Ecosystem Growth
Office of Research and Technology Management
Executive Director
Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Systems (ISSACS)
Co-Executive Director
IoT Collaborative
Adjunct Senior Instructor
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Leads the strategic planning, funding attraction, operations and public relations for ISSACS. 

Nick Barendt earned his MSEE and BSEE from Case Western Reserve University in 1998 and 1995, respectively.  Prior to joining ISSACS, he spent much of his career in industry, building products in robotics, industrial automation, test and measurement, and internet-of-things, from Fortune 1000 to startups.  His technical experience combines both real-time, embedded systems and scalable cloud computing. He has been an adjunct member of the Department Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering in the Case School of Engineering since 2012.  He is the primary creator and instructor of EECS377 - Introduction to Connected Devices, a technical elective designed to prepare students for constructing and maintaining Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices and systems.

Nick fosters IoT collaborations across the university and with external partners to fulfill the mission of ISSACS—to conduct and support research, curriculum development, and translational efforts in technological areas including visualization, virtual, and augmented reality; software design and development; sensing, robotics, and control; networks and communication; modeling and simulation; embedded systems; data management and analytics; and cybersecurity. Nick builds collaborations between these technical areas with behavioral, social, legal, ethical and business disciplines to ensure IoT solutions are meeting societal needs, especially in the areas of manufacturing and healthcare.


N. Barendt, N. Sridhar, and K. Loparo, "A New Course for Teaching IoT - a Practical, Hands-On, and Systems-Level Approach," Annual ASEE Conference, 2018.

N. Barendt, "Practical Security with MQTT and Mosquitto," Windy City Things, Chicago, Illinois, June 2016.

K. Correll, N. Barendt, and M. Branicky. "Design Considerations for Software-only Implementations of the Precision Time Protocol," IEEE 1588 Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, 2005.