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 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.

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)


(since 2020)

Students Trained

Talks and Publications

Research Projects

Majors Participated

Consultant Trained

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.


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: September 2023
* Collaborative Projects


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 Research33(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., Pesavento, M., & Williams, D. (2023). Supporting participatory innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic: a comparative study of enterprise social media use. Information Technology and Peopleahead-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.


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 Needs1, 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 Research29(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 Interaction11(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 Research28(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

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

Aditya Bhor
Bhavana Penmatsa
Bianca Remedios
Brayden Hardin
Deepika Kanakamedala
Devika Prasanth | Business Administration (2024) | Researcher
Finn Casey
Franchesca Mendez
Griffin You | Information Systems (2024) | Consultant
Heuldana Albe | Information Systems (2026) | Researcher
Ishwarya Ramkumar
Kaleb Smith
Kartiki Pande
Mankiran Kaur
Mehak Gupta
Michiko Gusto
Mihir Kulkarni
Orlane Hassan
Pranav Ganesan
Prathamesh Jalgaonkar
Rajeev Saini
Rohan Prabhu
Rosabel Ibrahim
Roshini Padmanabha
Ryan Duong
Sai Tejasri Yerramsetti
Saiprasanth Paladugula
Sean Flanagan | Finance (2025) | Consultant
Shaunak Hemant Pethe
Shravya Chepa
Shreya Reddy Guduru
Tanvayee Dhawale                                           

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

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
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)
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 (Graduate Students) | Researcher and Project Lead
Cherilyn Rodriguez | Interior Architecture (2022) | Researcher
Chloe Ostroff | Information Systems (2020)
Christopher Sahoo | Information Systems (2020)                                                     
Christina Asinas | Information Systems (2022) | Researcher
Claire Wu | Accounting and Information Systems (2021)
Cooper Boer | Information Systems (2020)
Cyrus Huxford | Business & Information Systems (2020)
Darshan Davis | Information Systems (2023)
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)
Francisco Gutierrez | Information Systems (2023) | Consultant
Franklin Lukban | Psychology (2023) | Researcher
Gabriela Hernandez | Psychology (2022)
Guillermo Gonzalez | Psychology (2021)
Harris Ness | Information Systems (2022)
Iraisa Van Vlasselaer | Psychology, Communication, Art (2025) | Researcher
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)
Keith Buchanan |Business Administration and Management (2022)
Kelsey Azmitia | 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)  

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)
Melissa Klase | Psychology (2022) | Researcher
Michael Pesavento | Project Owner | Master of Communication (2021)
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)
Olivia Connors | Psychology (2021) | Researcher
Pocky Kohsuwan | Information Systems (2020)
Pooja Pawar | Master of Computer Science (2021)
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)
Ryan Christian Quiba | Information Systems (2022)
Ryan Young | Information Systems (2020)
Sergio Ortiz | Information Systems (2020)
Shukri Mohamed | Interior Architecture (2023) | Researcher
Shukri Mohamed | Interior Architecture (2023) | Researcher
Sophie Chance | Information Systems and Engineering (2021)
Summer McGuckin | Marketing (2023)
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

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...

Heuldana Albe

Heuldana Albe

Introducing Heuldana Albe, a first-year student majoring in Management Information Systems at San Diego State University. Heuldana joined the Digital Innovation Lab as a Spring Research Intern, where she embarked on a project exploring the world of Extended Reality...

Quynh Tran

Quynh Tran

Quynh Tran, a senior at San Diego State University has been a member of DiLab as a UI/UX designer since 2022. Last semester, Quynh worked on the open innovation platform project of redesigning the LEGO Ideas website. Her goal, along with her team's, was to use...


Working with local businesses and incubators to foster a culture of human-centered digital technologies

Digital Innovation Consultancy Internship

A Collaborative Learning Experience with SDSU's DiLab through General Studies 200 & 400
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Kaveh Abhari, Ph.D. | Faculty Director

Office: SSW 2661 and 2665 | email: | Phone: 619 594-0746

Sean Flanagan | Lab Coordinator

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