Fowler College of Business


where we do not compromise humanization for digitalization

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Digital Innovation Lab (DiLab)

Pioneering Human-Centered Digital Transformation

With a relentless focus on studying, adopting, and implementing new technologies, we propel organizations forward in the digital era. Our four innovative studios set the stage: DIVE Studio pioneers research-driven exploration, IDEA Studio excels in product development prowess, LEAD Studio empowers through entrepreneurial education, and PATH Studio provides transformative consultancy. Together, we lead the way in guiding organizations to navigate the dynamic digital landscape with human-centric strategies. Join us at DiLab and embark on a transformative journey toward digital success.

Our Studios

Digital Innovation Research

DIVE Studio

(Digital Innovation and Visionary Exploration)

New Product Development

IDEA Studio

(Innovation, Development, Engineering, and Adaptation)

Digital Entrepreneurship Academy

LEAD Studio

(Learning Entrepreneurship and Digital Development)

Digital Transformation Consultancy

PATH Studio

(Pioneering Adaptation through Transformation and Holism)

Our Commitments to Responsible Research & Development

Digital Innovation Research

Reforming Digital Education

We study theories such as connectivism and networked learning and develop learning platforms and technologies to support innovation-based and authentic learning. Our research contributes to inclusive education and alternative models of education as the foundations of education reform.

Democratizing Digital Innovation

We study how companies develop strategies, allocate resources, and engage their employees, customers, and community in digital innovation initiatives. We study open digital innovation, research innovation culture, and its support systems, and examine the role of social computing and social technologies democratizing new product or service development across the industry.

Accelerating Digital Entrepreneurship

We study how digital entrepreneurs can systematically expand their competencies to adapt and address new challenges. We explore concepts such as digital literacy and digital entrepreneurial mindset and their roles in driving digital entrepreneurship with an emphasis on accessible support systems. 

Humanizing Digital Transformation

We focus on redefining the strategic role of IT from a human-centered perspective and its future technological ambition in different areas from design to business development. We also study the role of employees, their experiences and culture in digital transformation, its governance, and actualizing its values.

We strive to develop human-centered approaches to the design, adoption, and dissemination of digital technologies and nurture compassionate digital transformation leaders.

Advancing Digital Equity

DiLab is at the forefront of advancing digital equity through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to digital technology. Our focus on digital education, entrepreneurship, innovation, and transformation is designed to create human-centered solutions that benefit everyone. We’re dedicated to cultivating compassionate leaders and inclusive technologies that promote alternative education models, expand digital entrepreneurship competencies, and democratize digital innovation for all.

Students Trained

Talks and Publications

Research Projects

Majors Participated

Consultant Trained


Digital Innovation Research


Digital Transformation
   – The Experiential Values of Work: A Case of Digital Transformation
   – Future of Work: Emotion and Engagement in Digitized Workplaces
   – Digital Transformation Co-governance: The Role of Digital Culture
   – Pathway to Data Literacy in Public Institutions
   – The Role of Self-service Analytics Technology and its Voluntary Use in Digital Transformation
   – Role of Employees Experience and Engagement in Digital Transformation: The Case of Cybersecurity and Risk Initiative 
   – The Future of Customer Experience Management Systems 
   – From Accessibility to Inclusion: Theorization of Inclusive Digital Transformation from an Employee Experience Perspective
   – Service Failure Recovery Strategies in the Sharing Economy 

Digital Innovation
   – Advancing Digital Innovation in SMEs: Challenges and Opportunities from an Employee Engagement Perspective 
   – From User Experience to Employee Experience: A Framework for Employee Engagement Platform Design
   – Open Innovation Platform Design: A Study of User Experience
   – Open Innovation Organizational Forms
   – The Future of Open Innovation: Possibilities and Limitations
   – Self-Monitoring Technology Design and Implementation: The Case of Inpatient Safety
   – Social Platform Design: A Case of Social Travel Application
   – The Use of Smart Sensor Technologies in Architectural Design
   – The Role of Enterprise Social Networking Platforms in Fostering Innovation Productivity
   – Service Failure Recovery Strategies in the Sharing Economy 
   – Enterprise Social Network Sites and Innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic
   – Extended Reality (XR) Applications in Architectural Practice: Towards a Development Framework
   – Actor Behavior and Platform Affordances in Open Innovation Networks
   – Social Product Development: Process, Governance, and Technology 

 Digital Entrepreneurship
   – Digital Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurial Mindset and its Drivers
   – Design a Smart Mentor Bot for Digital Entrepreneurship Education
   – Digital Intrapreneurship Experience: Phenomenological perspective
   – Entrepreneurship Education Platform Design: A Study of User Experience
   – Digital Intrapreneurship Mindset and Engagement 
   – Digital Entrepreneurship: The Role of Work Climate

Digital Education
   – The Design of Educational VR Applications for K-12: The NAF Perspective
   – The Future of Higher Education: From Connectivism to Education Value Networks
   – The Future of Inclusive Education: The Authentic Social Learning Model
   – Digital Mindfulness: From Mindset to Action
   – Self-monitoring Technology, Goal Setting, and Productivity in Educational Settings
   – Social Innovation: A Teaching Mechanism for Modern World


Last Update: March 2024
* Collaborative Projects


Homayouni, H., Pourebadi, M. M., & Shirazi, H. Poster: Federated Multimodal Medical Data Generation.

Shirazi, H., Bakhtiari, H., & Ghasemian Sahebi, I. (2024). Role of Trust and Commitment on Sustainable Supply Chain Performance Through the Mediation of Supply Flexibility (Case Study: Petrochemical Industry). Research in Production and Operations Management.

Burgos, W. J. M., Serra, J. L., Parody, A., Paternina-Arboleda, C. D., Soccol, V. T., Judith, V., … & Soccol, C. R. Analysis on Air Pollution in South America during the Propagation of COVID-19.

Abhari, M. B., Sabetrohani, H., Larijani, S. S., Ghafori, R., & Nafei, A. (2024). Social Determinants of Women’s Reproductive Health: A Systematic Review. Health Scope, 13(1).

Abhari, M., Tavakolinia, J., & Boochani, M. H. (2024). Analyzing the factors affecting the distribution of urban services in urban plans (case study: Tehran). Sustainable Development of Geographical Environment.


MEHRABI, M., Shirazi, H., Tajzadeh Namin, A. A., & Jannatifar, H. (2023). Identifying and prioritizing factors for the implementation of blockchain technology in the development of the tourism industry in Tehran province. Journal of Tourism and Development.

Ghatak, C., Jabeen, S., Shirazi, H., & Ray, I. Improving the Resiliency of Embedded Networks in Heavy Vehicles-Towards Fault Tolerance.

Souri, S., Ghaffari, M., Shirazi, H., & Hosseini, S. H. K. (2023). Validation of Brand Citizenship Behavior Development Model in Medical Tourism Employees. Quarterly Journal of Management Strategies in Health System.

Xiao, B., Tan, C. W., & Abhari, K. (2024). Introduction to the Minitrack on Responsible Innovation in Collaborative, Connected, and Intelligent Systems: Design, Implementation, and Governance.

Zarghami, S., Kaleji, L. K., & Abhari, M. (2023). Resilience analysis of the local communities from a political economy perspective in Zanjan, Iran. Scientific Reports, 13(1), 19433.

Mucha, T., Ma, S., & Abhari, K. (2023). Riding a bicycle while building its wheels: the process of machine learning-based capability development and IT-business alignment practices. Internet Research, 33(7), 168-205.*

Abhari, K., Bhullar, A., Le, J. and Sufi, N. (2023), “Advancing employee experience management (EXM) platforms”, Strategic HR Review, Vol. 22 No. 3, pp. 102-107.


Abhari, K., Zarei, M., Parsons, M., & Estell, P. (2023). Open Innovation Starts from Home: The Potential of Enterprise Social Media (ESM) in Nurturing Employee Innovation. Internet Research.

Abhari, K., Davidson, E. J., & Xiao, B. (2022). Inventing Together: The Role of Actor Goals and Platform Affordances in Open Innovation. Journal of the Association of Information Systems. *

Abhari, K., & McGuckin, S. (2022). Limiting factors of open innovation organizations: A case of social product development and research agenda. Technovation, 102526.

Abhari, K., & Vaghefi, I. (2022). Screen Time and Productivity: An Extension of Goal-Setting Theory to Explain Optimum Smartphone Use. AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction. *

Abhari, K., Davidson, E., & Xiao, B. (2022). Modeling Social Product Development Process, Technology, and Governance. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. *

Ortiz Sandoval, I.D., Tehiva, T., Parsons, M., Abhari, K. (2021). Digital Intrapreneurship: A Work Climate Perspective. In: Stephanidis, C., et al. HCI International 2021 – Late Breaking Papers: HCI Applications in Health, Transport, and Industry. HCII 2021. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 13097. Springer, Cham.

Mucha, T. M., Ma, S., & Abhari, K. (2022). Beyond MLOps: The Lifecycle of Machine Learning-based Solutions. *
Abhari, K., Davis, D., Ness, H., Pagador, J., Parsons, M., & Brodskiy, R. (2022). Data Swagger: A Systemic Approach to Train, Motivate and Engage Data Savvy Employees.

Dagoc, F., Abhari, K., Roy, V., & Nobis, E. (2022). Entrepreneurship Education Platform Design: The Relationships between Autodidactic Affordances and Experiential Learning Needs. 1, 17.

Roy, V., Nobis, E., Abhari, K., Dagoc, F., & Parsons, M. (2022). Open Innovation Platform Design: The Case of Social Product Development.

Klase, M., Connors, O., & Abhari, K. (2022). Reflectiveness: The Missing Link between Digital Mindfulness and Mindful Use of Digital Technology.

Mucha, T. M., Ma, S., & Abhari, K. (2022). Sustainability of Machine Learning-based Solutions: A Lifecycle Perspective. *
Su, N., Mcguckin, S., & Abhari, K. (2022). The Limits of Open Innovation: A Literature Review and Research Agenda.


Abhari, K., Ly, J., Sanavi, A., & Wright, M. (2021). ‘Employees First’: The Relationship between Employee Experience Management Systems and Customer Experience Management..

Estell, P., Davidson, E., & Abhari, K. (2021). Affording Employee Voice: How Enterprise Social Networking Sites (ESNS) Create New Pathways for Employee Expression. 2750.

Rice, R., Abhari, K., & Pesavento, M. (2021). An Authentic Social Learning Model to Improve Collaboration and Engagement in Online and Hybrid K-12 Classrooms.

Abhari, K., Ostroff, C., Barcellos, B., & Williams, D. (2021). Co-Governance in Digital Transformation Initiatives: The Roles of Digital Culture and Employee Experience.

Abhari, K., Ascue, N., Boer, C., Sahoo, C., & Zarei, M. (2021). Enterprise Social Network Applications: Enhancing and Driving Innovation Culture and Productivity Through Digital Technologies.

Sosa, L., Abhari, K., Pesavento, M., Koobchehr, F., Xiao, B., Kohsuwan, P., & Olivares, F. (2021). Service Failure Recovery in the Sharing Economy: A Case Study of Airbnb.


Abhari, K., Ascue, N., Boer, C., Sahoo, C., & Zarei, M. (2020). Enterprise Social Networks and Innovation Productivity : The Role of Innovation Culture. AMCIS.

Abhari, K., Vomero, A., & Davidson, E. J. (2020). Psychology of Business Intelligence Tools: Needs-Affordances-Features Perspective.

Abhari, K., Koobchehr, F., Huxford, C., Olivares, F., Kohsuwan, P., & Sosa, L. (2020). Redefining Education in the Digital Economy : The Role of Social Innovation- based Learning in Information Systems Education. AMCIS 2020 Proceedings, 1–10.

Young, R., Wahlberg, L., Davis, E., & Abhari, K. (2020). Towards a Theory of Digital Entrepreneurship Mindset : The Role of Digital Learning Aptitude and Digital Literacy. 1–10.

Abhari, K., Davidson, E. J., & Xiao, B. (2019). Collaborative innovation in the sharing economy: Profiling social product development actors through classification modeling. Internet Research, 29(5), 1014–1039.

Abhari, K., Davidson, E., & Xiao, B. S. (2019). “Experience First”: Investigating Co-creation Experience in Social Product Development Networks. AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, 11(1), 1–32.

Abhari, M., & Abhari, K. (2019). Design with Perfect Sense: The Adoption of Smart Sensor Technologies in Architectural Practice.

Kelly, J., Jennex, M., Abhari, K., Durcikova, A., & Frost, E. (2019). Data in the Wild: A KM Approach to doing a Census Without Asking Anyone and the Issue of Privacy.

Abhari, K., Davidson, E., & Xiao, B. (2018). A risk worth taking? The effects of risk and prior experience on co-innovation participation. Internet Research, 28(3).

Abhari, K., Davidson, E. J., & Xiao, B. (2018). Classifying Motivations in Social Product Development Networks: A Discriminant Analysis of Actor Profiles.

Abhari, K., Haron, M. S., & Saad, N. M. (2018). In Search of Customer Experience Management in the Service Industry: The Importance of Experiential Interfaces. ICEMAB 2018..

Abhari, K. (2017). A Connectivist Approach to Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners: The Role of Social Technologies. Teaching, Colleges & Community Worldwide Conference.

Abhari, K., Davidson, E. J., & Xiao, B. (2017). Co-innovation Experience in Social Product Development Networks: Construct Development and Measurement Validation.

Smidt, H., Thornton, M., & Abhari, K. (2017). The Future of Social Learning: A Novel Approach to Connectivism. The 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.

Abhari, K., Davidson, E. J., & Xiao, B. (2017). Perceived Individual Risk of Co-innovation in Collaborative Innovation Networks. 873–882.

Presentations & Talks

Martin, E. B. S., Shirazi, H., & Ray, I. (2023, November). Poster: Towards a Dataset for the Discrimination between Warranted and Unwarranted Emails. In Proceedings of the 2023 ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security (pp. 3603-3605).

Gorbett, M., Shirazi, H., & Ray, I. (2023, December). Cross-Silo Federated Learning Across Divergent Domains with Iterative Parameter Alignment. In 2023 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (BigData) (pp. 5233-5242). IEEE.

Abhari, K., Pesavento, M., & Williams, D. (2023). Supporting participatory innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic: a comparative study of enterprise social media use. Information Technology and People, ahead-of-print.

Abhari, K., Xiao, B., & Eisenberg, D. (2023). Responsible Digital Innovation in Dark: Toward Access-Control-Transparency Theory. Americas Conference on Information Systems. Panama City.

Estell, P., Davidson, E & Abhari, K. (2023). Platforms for Expression: Enterprise Social Media and its Role in Employee Voicing Behaviors. Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting. Boston.

Seitola, T. A., & Abhari, K. (2022). Digital Entrepreneurial Mindset: How to Nurture the Next Generation of Digital Entrepreneurs. AMCIS.

Quiba, R. C., Rubin, D., Tan, J. M., & Abhari, K. (2022). Experiential Approach to Social Platform Design: A Case of Social Travel Application. AMCIS.

Klair, J., & Abhari, K. (2022). Organizational Mindfulness in the Digital Economy and Its Impact on Productivity. AMCIS.

Carroll, C., Bernal, J., Bhullar, A., & Abhari, K. (2022). The Future of Employee Experience Management (EXM) Platforms. AMCIS.

Andrade, L., Tran, V., & Abhari, K. (2021). Digital Innovation Potency in SMEs: A Study of Barriers to Employee Participation in Digital Innovation. ICIS.

Klase, M., Connors, O., & Abhari, K. (2021). Reflectiveness in Digital Environments: The Missing Link between Digital Mindfulness and Productivity. ICIS.

Roy, V., Nobis, E., Abhari, K., & Dagoc, F. (2021). Open Innovation Platform Design: From User Experience to User Interface Design. AMCIS 2021.

Dagoc, F., Abhari, K., Roy, V., & Nobis, E. (2021). How to Design Entrepreneurship Education Platforms: A User Experience Study. AMCIS 2021.

Su, N., & Abhari, K. (2021). The Limits of Open Innovation: A Case Study of a Social Product Development Platform. AMCIS 2021.

Sandoval., I. O., & Abhari., K. (2021). Profiling Digital Entrepreneurs. AMCIS 2021.

Klase, M., & Connors, O., & Abhari., K. (2021). Digital Mindfulness: The Role of Reflection. AMCIS 2021.

Koobchehr, F., Olivares, F., Abhari, K., Pesavento, M., & Sosa L. (2020). Use Smart, Not Less: Toward a Theory of Self-Monitoring in the Digital Age. ICIS 2020.

Abhari, K. & Bekeris, Z. (2020). Employee Experience Management during Digital Transformation: How to Measure the Experiential Values of Digital Transformation. ICIS 2020.

Abhari, K., Pesavento, M., Williams, D., & Bram, A. (2020). Adapt or Perish: Enterprise Social Networks and Innovation during Covid-19 Pandemic. ICIS 2020.

Pagador, J., Huynh, N., Davis, D., & Abhari, K. (2020). Data Swagger: Cultivating Data Literacy to Drive Digital Transformation. ICIS 2020.

Cabrera, C., Cardenas, M., Hardrick, L. L., & Abhari, K. (2020). Self-service Analytics Adoption: A Sociocultural Framework. ICIS 2020.

Adzgauskaite, M., & Abhari, K. (2020). Virtual Reality Applications and Experiential Learning Needs : The Needs-Affordances- Features Perspective. AMCIS 2020.

Abhari, K., & Solomon, Z. (2020). Reciprocal Relationship between Employee Experience Management and Digital Transformation. In AMCIS 2020.

Ostroff, C., Barcellos, B., & Abhari, K. (2020). Digital Culture , neither Strategy nor Technology , Drives Digital Transformation. AMCIS 2020.

Abhari, K. (2020). Digital Transformation and Experiential Values of Work. Interdisciplinary Conference on Advances in Communication and Information Sciences. HICSS 2020. Honolulu. 

Abhari, K. (2020). Authentic Social Learning in Time of Crisis. San Diego State University, San Diego.

Abhari, K., (2020). Panel: Digital Entrepreneurship. California Entrepreneurship Education Conference.Use Smart, Not Less: Toward a Theory of Self-Monitoring in the Digital Age. ICIS 2020.

Ostroff, C., Barcellos, B., & Abhari, K. (2020). Digital Culture , neither Strategy nor Technology , Drives Digital Transformation. AMCIS 2020.

Abhari, K., & Solomon, Z. (2020). Reciprocal Relationship between Employee Experience Management and Digital Transformation. AMCIS 2020.

Abhari, K., Sue, S. & Furutani, D. (2020). Symposium: Secrets to Priming Entrepreneurship Platforms for Deep Learning & AI Research. The 52nd Hawaii International Conferences on System Sciences, Maui.


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Faculty Members

Kaveh Abhari, Ph.D. | Digital Transformation

Maryam Abhari, D.Arch | Design Innovation

Xialu Liu , Ph.D. | Innovation analytics

Carlos D. Paternina-Arboleda, Ph.D., | Supply-Chain Innovation

Paula Peter, Ph.D. | Product Innovation

Morteza Safaei Pour, Ph.D. |  Cyber-Security & IoT Innovation

Hossein Shirazi, Ph.D. |  Cyber-Security Innovation

Current Student Members

Bianca Remedios | MS, Information Systems (2024) | UI/UX
Deepika Kanakamedala | MS, Information Systems (2024) | Analyst
Griffin You | Information Systems (2024) | Product Manager
Heuldana Albe | Information Systems (2026) | Researcher
Kaleb Smith | Information Systems (2024) | Researcher
Michiko Gusto | Information Systems (2024) | UI/UX
Nicholas Stoneking | Computer Engineering (2024) | Machine Learning Researcher
Orlane Hassan | Psychology (2024) | Researcher
Rajeev Saini | Information Systems (2024) | Researcher
Rohan Prabhu | Information Systems (2024) | Project Manager
Ryan Duong | Information Systems (2024) | Product Manager
Saiprasanth Paladugula | MS, Data Science (2024) | Data Science
Samuel Skinner | Data Science (2027) | Marketing
Sean Flanagan | Finance (2025) | Consultant
Deeni Baez | Information Systems (2026) | UI/UX
Jenna Tran | Information Systems (2025) | UI/UX
Kaylee Lace | Computer Science (2026) | UI/UX
Kaela Murillo | Information Systems (2025) | Documentation

Affiliate Members

John-Patrick Akinyemi | Ph.D. Candidate | Student Mentor
David Eisenberg | Ph.D. Candidate | Student Mentor
Andrea Rivera| Ph.D. Candidate | Project Owner


Former Members and Alumni

Aditya Bhor | Master of Big Data Analytics (2025) | Researcher
Aidan Mullaney | Information Systems (2023) | Developer
Ajinkya Mehta | Information Systems (2020)
Alessandro Vomero | Master of Information Systems (2019)
Alexandre Pouzikov | Information Systems (2021)
Ali Szady | Information Systems (2020)
Aliya Bram | Communication (2021)
Amara Duru | Psychology  (2022)
Amari Jackson | Psychology (2023) | Researcher
Andrew Anderson | Master of Communication (2021)
Animesh Srivastava | Computer Science (2022) | Researcher
Armand Flores | Information Systems (2022)
Arsham Sanavi | Information Systems and Marketing (2021)
Augusto Silva | Psychology (2022)
Aziz Bhullar | Information Systems (2023) | Researcher
Bailey Barcellos | Information Systems (2020)
Bhavana Penmatsa | Master of Information Systems (2025)
Brandon Goodwin | Information Systems (2020)
Brandon Nordengreen | Information Systems (2020)
Bree Thompson | Information Systems (2020)
Brenda Damasceno | Information Systems (2022)
Brooke Zaferis | Information Systems (2020)
Carson Carroll | Information Systems (2022)
Casiano Cabrera | Psychology (2022)
Celeen Gharibian | Researcher and Project Lead
Cherilyn Rodriguez | Interior Architecture (2022) | Researcher
Chloe Ostroff | Information Systems (2020)
Christina Asinas | Information Systems (2022) | Researcher
Christopher Sahoo | Information Systems (2020)
Claire Wu | Accounting and Information Systems (2021)
Cooper Boer | Information Systems (2020)
Cyrus Huxford | Business & Information Systems (2020)
Darshan Davis | Information Systems (2023)
Devika Prasanth | Business Administration (2024) | UI/UX Lead
Dylan Fitzpatrick | Finance (2024) | Consultant
Dylan Rubin | Information Systems (2022)
Elaina Davis | Information Systems (2020)
Elijah Nobis | Information Systems (2022)
Elise Nguyen | Psychology (2023) | Researcher
Elizabeth Springer | Psychology (2021)
Emily Zakkak | Computer Science (2024) | Researcher
Emma Tsztoo | Psychology and Cellular and Molecular Biology (2021)
Estefania Cobos | Psychology (2021)
Farzan Khoobchehr | Information Systems (2020)
Fernando Olivares | Information Systems (2020)
Francezca Dago | Information Systems (2021)
Franchesca Mendez | Psychology (2024) | Researcher
Francisco Gutierrez | Information Systems (2023) | Consultant
Franklin Lukban | Psychology (2023) | Researcher
Gabriela Hernandez | Psychology (2022)
Guillermo Gonzalez | Psychology (2021)
Harris Ness | Information Systems (2022)
Ishwarya Ramkumar | Master of Information Systems (2024) | Machine Learning Engineer
Ivan D Ortiz S | Marketing (2021)
Janmae Pagador | Information Systems and Political Science (2021)
Jason Bronicki Psychology (2023) | Consultant
Jeffrey Cardinez | Psychology (2021)
Jennifer Le | Psychology (Graduate Students) | Researcher and Project Lead
Jennifer Ly | Marketing (2022)
Jeremy Parson | Marketing (2021)
Jillian Micah Tan | Information Systems (2022)
Joey Kettle | Information Systems (2023) | Researcher
Johanna Bernal | Information Systems (2022)
Jordan Chen | Information Systems (2022)
Jordan Klair | Psychology (2022)
Kadeem Coad | Information Systems (2022)
Kartiki Pande | Master of Information Systems (2025) | Product
Keith Buchanan |Business Administration and Management (2022)
Kelsey Azmitia | Information Systems (2024) | Coordinator
Krista Uvero | Information Systems (2020)
Lance Cameron | Master of Cybersecurity Management (2021)
Lawson Hardrick III | Psychology (2021)
Lillian Chung | Information Systems (2019)
Lily Andrade | Information Systems and Marketing (2021)
Logan Foreman | Computer Science (2023) | Researcher
Luke Wahlberg | Information Systems (2020)
Lusis Sosa | Information Systems (2020) and Master of Information Systems (2023)
Madison Drinkwine | Master of Cybersecurity Management (2022)
Mahsa Zarei | Information Systems (2020) and Master of Information Systems (2022)
Mankiran Kaur | Master of Information Systems (2025)
Mariana Ronzon | Psychology (2022)
Marina Wright | Information Systems (2021)
Maxwell Cain | Psychology (2023) | Researcher
Melarie Cardenas | Master of Cybersecurity Management (2023) | Researcher
Melissa Klase | Psychology (2022) | Researcher
Michael Pesavento | Project Owner | Master of Communication (2021)
Mihir Kulkarni | Master of Information Systems (2025) | Data Visualization
Mikay Parsons | Master of Communication (2022)
Najma Sufi | | Information Systems (2023) | Researcher
Nan Su | Information Systems (2021)
Nathan Ascue | Information Systems and Marketing (2020)
Nelson Huynh | Management (2021)
Nhat Huynh | Information Systems (2024) | Researcher
Nhu Quynh Nguyen | Psychology (2023) | Researcher
Nohea Behler | Psychology (2021)
Oceana Doan | International Business (2023) | UI/UX
Olivia Connors | Psychology (2021) | Researcher
Pocky Kohsuwan | Information Systems (2020)
Pooja Pawar | Master of Computer Science (2021)
Prathamesh Jalgaonkar | Master of Information Systems (2024) | UI/UX
Priya Magiya | Computer Science (2021)
Quynh Tran | Psychology (2023) | Researcher
Rani Reambonanza | Business Administration (2022) | Researcher
Ricardo Salinas | Master of Psychology (2023) | Consultant and UI/UX Team Lead
Robert Brodskiy | Information Systems (2022)

Rosabel Ibrahim | Information Systems (2026) | Researcher
Roshini Padmanabha | Master of Information Systems | Database Engineer
Ryan Christian Quiba | Information Systems (2022)
Ryan Young | Information Systems (2020)
Sai Tejasri Yerramsetti | Master of Big Data Analytics (2025) | Machine Learning Engineer
Sergio Ortiz | Information Systems (2020)
Shravya Chepa | Master of Computer Science (2025) | Software Developer
Shreya Reddy Guduru | Machine Learning Engineer
Shukri Mohamed | Interior Architecture (2023) | Researcher
Sophie Chance | Information Systems and Engineering (2021)
Summer McGuckin | Marketing (2023)
Tanvayee Dhawale | Master of Information Systems (2025) | Data Analyst Researcher
Tehauaroga Tehiva | Psychology (2021)
Tim Do | Psychology (2021)
Timothy Seitola | MBA (2022) | Project Owner
Tyler Co | Finance (2023) | Consultant
Tyrelle Adams | Economics & Information Systems (2020)
Vanessa Roy | Information Systems (2022)
Vincent Tran | Information Systems (2022)
Zac Solomon | Information Systems (2020)
Zigurds Bekeris | Information Systems (2021)

Spacetime Pitch Competition

Founders Ali Salman and Bekhruz Nuriddinov gave their pitch at the Spacetime Social Pitch Competition on April 13th at the University of San Diego, Knauss School of Business, alongside Dylan Fitzpatrick who was there representing his student-run Venture Capital fund....

Venture Capital Investment Competition

Congratulations to the SDSU team on an incredible achievement! Winning the west regional final at the international Venture Capital Investment Competition is a major accomplishment and a testament to the hard work, dedication, and talent of everyone involved. We are...

Big Data Hackathon 2022

In this year’s Big Data hackathon, DiLab members, Griffin You, Dylan Fitzpatrick, Nhat Huynh, and their team members Jaxon Hill and Duong Lu, took home first place as the “Best Overall Project”! Their project presented their solution Cenos AI, a cloud-based...

Congratulations to the DiLab Members who Presented at the Student Research Symposium!

We are all extremely proud of all of our DiLab members who presented recently at the Student Research Symposium (SRS) event and want to congratulate those four who received awards! Below are the research  projects that were presented at SRS: Digital...

DiLab members present research papers at Hawaii International Conference System Sciences’

DiLab members have recently presented four research papers at the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2022. The papers include:  ~ Open Innovation Platform Design: The Case of Social Product Development by Vanessa Roy, Elijah Nobis, Kaveh Abhari,...

“The Experiential Values of Work”- Employee Engagement being Maintained in the Workplace

Working on “The Experiential Values of Work: A Case of Digital Transformation,” Amara, Mariana and Manahil aim to add more clarity to the factors that impact an employee’s experience during digital transformation initiatives, specifically in public institutions. Their...

“Social Travel Platform”- The Social Travel Application, Tramigo

One of our UI/UX research teams is studying the design of ‘Social Travel Platforms’. They began their work by studying a new and promising social travel application, Tramigo, a San Diego based startup. Tramigo’s goal is to extend genuine connections amongst travelers...

Advancing Digital Innovation in SME’s: Challenges and Opportunities from Employees

Focusing on the limitations and challenges of advancing digital innovation in small-medium enterprises (SMEs), Liliann Andrade and Vincent Tran conduct a systematic literature review centered around the key dynamics and determinants of digital intrapreneurship from...

Operational Employees: The Leader of the Digital Transformation

Employees are neither costs nor assets but change agents in digital transformation. Emma Tsztoo works on a project that examines the role of operational employees in the implementation and governance of digital transformation. Emma is in her 4th-year undergraduate...

Cybersecurity and Risk Initiative in Big Accounting Firms: An Experiential Perspective

Human Error is still the No. 1 cause of data breaches.  Tackling this challenge, Claire strives to offer a new framework and set of guidelines for companies’ cybersecurity and risk initiatives. Her current research is grounded in employees’ cognitive, social,...

The Future of Entrepreneurship Education Platforms Involving User-Centric Design

With an increasing demand for entrepreneurship education platforms (EEP), Francezca Dagoc, Vanessa Roy, Elijah Nobis, and Kaveh Abhari offer a UX design framework and a set of guidelines for an entrepreneurship education platform. Their research highlights the...

Operationalizing Digital Mindfulness by Expanding IT Mindfulness Concepts

As digital technology arises as an essential part of modern-day life, it is critical that users maximize the value of digital technology while avoiding negative consequences. Melissa Klase, Oliver Connors, and Kaveh Abhari emphasize digital mindfulness...

Digital Mindfulness Arises in Modern-Day Life

As digital technology arises as an essential part of modern-day life, it is critical that users maximize the value of digital technology while avoiding negative consequences. Melissa Klase, Oliver Connors, and Kaveh Abhari emphasize digital mindfulness while proposing...

Digital Entrepreneurs’ Personality Traits

Learn about Ivan Demetrio Ortiz Sandoval's work-in-progress on Digital Entrepreneurs' personality traits.  This study identified four key groups of digital entrepreneurs with different personality traits: visioners, inventors, builders, and networkers. ...

Best Paper Nominee: “Employees First”

‘Employees First’: The Relationship between Employee Experience Management Systems and Customer Experience Management One of our papers at #AMCIS 2021; Best Paper nominee, Top 25% AMCIS Paper; thanks to Arsham Sanavi, Jennifer Ly, and Marina...

Toward a Theory of Digital Mindfulness

We're happy to share that our paper, 'Toward a Theory of Digital Mindfulness: A Case of Smartphone-based Self-monitoring,' has received the best paper award from HCI International 2021.  Congratulations and thanks to our current and former members, Melissa...

Best Paper Award from HCI International 2021

We're happy to share that our paper, 'Toward a Theory of Digital Mindfulness: A Case of Smartphone-based Self-monitoring,' has received the Best Paper Award of the 8th International Conference on HCI in Business, Government and Organizations, HCI International....

San Diego State University’s Digital Innovation Lab to Launch UI/UX Services for Local Startups

Do you know 75% of a user initial imprecision of an online business  is based on user interface design? or 70% of digital platforms fail due to a bad user experience?As of September 1st, 2021, Digital Innovation Lab at San Diego State University is proud to offer...

Improving Student Engagement, Experience, and Learning Abilities During and After the Pandemic

Exploring Connectivist Teaching models in K-12, Nohea Behler has set out to investigate the challenges that Hawaiʻi’s middle school teachers have faced over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they have navigated these challenges using digital...

How Digital Mindfulness Can Lead to More Efficient and Intelligent Uses of Technology

Focusing on how reflections authorize a more intelligent use of technology, the Digital Mindfulness team explores the various ways digital mindfulness can reach digital technology’s full potential. The team expands on IT mindfulness theory by blending that with the...

Member Spotlight

Nischita Ramachandrappa Mulikeri

Nischita Ramachandrappa Mulikeri

Meet Nischita Ramachandrappa Mulikeri, a second year graduate student at the Fowler College of Business majoring in Information Systems. As part of the Digital Innovation Lab, she led the development efforts for an innovative AI video agent, which involved utilizing...

Prathamesh Jalgaonkar

Prathamesh Jalgaonkar

Prathamesh Jalgaonkar is a second-year graduate student in Masters in Information Systems at Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University. He joined the DiLab as a Research Assistant to be a part of the team's project, focused on developing an AI-enabled...

Ishwarya Ramkumar

Ishwarya Ramkumar

Meet Ishwarya Ramkumar a second year graduate student at Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University, majoring in Information Systems. As part of SDSU's Digital Innovation Lab, she is working on on an artificial intelligence project where she is tasked...

Michiko Gusto

Michiko Gusto

Michiko is a passionate individual who loves connecting people and helping them succeed, as seen through her role as Vice President of the Women's Network SDSU Chapter. She takes care of internal matters for the largest...

Ryan Duong

Ryan Duong

Hello there! Ryan Duong is a fourth-year student at SDSU, where he's majoring in Management Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science. Alongside his academic pursuits, he has had diverse roles in his professional life, he is a co-founder at Mocktalk,...

Rosabel Ibrahim

Rosabel Ibrahim

Rosabel Ibrahim, a first-year student at San Diego State University majoring in Information Systems, has a strong passion for technology and its potential to drive innovation. Rosabel has recently embarked on an exciting journey as a research intern at the Digital...


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