Emerging Technologies Institute
About ETI at Foothill College
As the first institution to offer totally online credit classes since 1995, Foothill College established the Emerging Technologies Institute (ETI) in the Summer of 2022 for interested faculty and staff to address how rapidly changing technology advancements can impact education and enhance more immersive student learning experiences.
Originally called the Foothill College Metaverse Institute, the name was changed to ETI in April 2023 to encompass the everchanging technology landscape.
All ETI programs are by default interdisciplinary and campuswide — promoting equity,
diversity and inclusion through tools and activities that invite and encourage participation from under-represented
communities for all our Emerging Technology initiatives and programs.
- To continue Foothill’s legacy of leadership in educational technology by exploring new and emerging technologies which lend added value to teaching and learning.
- Explore emerging technologies
- Identify those technologies with potential or known impact to education
- Train and test these technologies in our labs
- Make recommendations as to whether these technologies should be incorporated on the Foothill College Roadmap
- For those that are added to the Foothill Technology Roadmap, identify campuswide communication and training, as needed.
ETI programs are coordinated through our STEM Division, in partnership with college leadership and all academic programs at Foothill and our broader community.
Konstantin Kalaitzidis, program coordinator for the STEM Center, and Zachary Cembellin, interim dean for the STEM Division, serve as co-coordinators for ETI.
For general questions about ETI
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call 650.949.7236
- Visit the STEM Division Office 4118
Technologies and Labs
Currently there are 3 technology programs with active labs, including Virtual Reality (VR); Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Cymatics, along with 4 exploratory emerging technologies hosted in our Prototype Lab — Renewable Energy, Blockchain, Quantum Computing, and Space Sciences.
Explore our programs listed below to learn more about these technologies and our labs
where students can experience these innovative tools.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab
Artificial intelligence leverages computers and machines to mimic the problem-solving and decision-making capabilities of the human mind. The AI Lab is where we explore machine learning and robotics.Visit The AI Lab
Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that functions as a decentralized and highly secure database for encrypted currency exchange and supports many different business functions.Learn More
The Cymatics Lab is where we explore how music and sound, math, and physics work together to create cymatics, which is the study of sound and vibration made visible, typically on the surface of a plate, diaphragm or membrane.Learn More
Quantum Computing Technologies
Quantum computing is development of computer technologies based on principles of quantum theory, which is the theoretical basis of modern physics that explains the nature and behavior of matter and energy on the atomic and subatomic level.Learn More
Renewable Energy Technologies
Join us in the Renewable Energy Technologies Lab, where we explore and learn about energy sources that provide a sustainable future for all of Earth’s inhabitants.Learn More
Space Sciences and Technologies
Join us in the AstroTech Lab to explore and learn about Space Sciences and related technologies. Develop your project here and join student discussion sessions.Learn More
Virtual Reality (VR) Lab
At Foothill, we are exploring four types of VR—non-immersive, semi-immersive, fully immersive and holographic, and how these computer-generated interactive environments play a role in education.VISIT VR LAB