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CyberLab Director

Ali Jafari, Ph.D. is Professor of Computer Information Technology and Director of the CyberLab at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).  Dr. Jafari is renowned for his research and expertise in smart learning environments, having founded and co-developed several high-profile technology solutions and systems for education, including Indiana University’s Oncourse CMS (now Sakai), ANGEL Learning (acquired by Blackboard in May 2009), Epsilen Environment, and most recently CourseNetworking.  He has edited three books on portals, Course Management Systems, and ePortfolio, has presented in more than one hundred national and international conferences and published in professional and scholarly journals on a variety of subjects in information technology as it relates to teaching and learning.  Dr. Jafari’s research interests include user interface design, agent-based learning environments, intelligent user interfaces, and distance learning.


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Research Associate, Project Coordinator

Mengyuan (Alice) Zhao is a Research Associate and the Project Coordinator of the CyberLab at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Mrs. Zhao has a Master's Degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University and a Bachelor's Degree in Literature and Language Education from Beijing Normal University. For the current CourseNetworking project, Mengyuan brings her expertise in instructional design and educational technology to facilitate the improvement of the CN system as well as the design and development of MOOC courses using CN. She also has experience teaching K-12 courses, conducting educational research and evaluation, designing curriculum and courses, and producing instructional multimedia.


Graduate Research Assistants

Maziar New

Software Developer

Maziar Bouali is an Electical and Computer Engineering graduate student at IUPUI. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in IT Engineering from the University of Tehran. Currently, Maziar is especially interested in large web databases, NoSQL, Go language and software project management. Maziar enjoys biking, singing, and hanging out with friends in his spare time.

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Ravi Shah

Software Developer

Ravi Shah is a Computer Information Science graduate student at IUPUI. He is working as a Software Engineer intern, working specifically in iOS app development. Before coming to IUPUIf or his studies and working in the CyberLab, Ravi had 3 years of development experience in the field of app development. He loves software engineering because he is able to help create applications that help people world wide. In his free time Ravi enjoys playing crickett, spending time with family and friends, and listening to music.



Research Fellow

Mehrsa Mohebbi (Mehri) is an urban sociologist, community planner, and journalist. Since her childhood, Mehrsa's multifaceted character has been evidenced by her keen interests in Urban Planning, Sociology, and Persian Literature. Mehrsa's poetic inclination directed her career endeavors towards cultural components of urban life. She has academic degrees in Architecture and Urban Planning and currently,  she is a PhD candidate in Urban Future. She also has years of leadership, teaching, and research experience in the Middle East and United States, these include: delegate of international organizations (International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), Netherlands), and board member of non-govermental organizations (Tehran University Architects, Iran). Her research interests encompass: Design Education, Urban Accessibility and Social Equity, Equitable Place-Making, etc. These topics manifest themselves in her planning pursuits as well as teaching methods. Aside from her academic pursuits, she is a poetess and enjoys writing and spending time with family the most. She loves her Islamic background and intends to dedicate her professional life to minorities' urban life in the United States.


Research Fellow

Marzie is a graduate student currently working towards her master's degree in Computer Engineering, from the Department of ECE in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI. Marzie earned her Bachelor of Applied Science (BSc) from Shiraz University of Technology in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and graduated as a Control Engineer. Presently, Marzie is a graduate research fellow working in the IUPUI CyberLab. She is focusing on research and development of an intelligent agent for CourseNetworking (, to help students learn more effectively and efficiently in academic, social networking environments. In her free time, Marzie enjoys traveling, singing, writing and reading poems, swimming, ice skating, and playing ping pong.

Student Interns

The CyberLab provides paid and for-credit internship opportunities to students at IU and IUPUI. Currently, the CyberLab is recruiting interns in the areas of graphic design, multimedia production, information system safety, and computer programing. These internships offer potential opportunities for full-time positions. 

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Social Media and Marketing Specialist

Allie Wigginton is a junior and studies Public Relations Journalsim at IUPUI. She serves as the CyberLab’s Social Media and Marketing Intern, where she helps promote CourseNetworking (CN) at IU campuses and around the world. Allie also manages the CN Collection, the official blog for the CN, as well as CN social media sites. She has been interested in PR since she became the editor of her high school yearbook. Allie is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, PRSSA, and Delta Zeta sorority at IUPUI. Aside from school activies, she enjoys playing soccer, time with friends and family, photography and traveling.


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Graphic Designer

Joseph Hofmeister is a senior at IUPUI majoring in Computer Graphics Technology. He is currently working as a Graphic Design Intern for the CyberLab where he creates graphics for CN. His main expertise is in web development but he also loves illustrating and motion graphics. His experience in web development started during his junior year of high school in a web design class at Ben Davis High School. In his free time, Joseph loves to play music, and go to hockey games with his girlfriend. He has been playing guitar for about 9 years. He can play a variety of other instruments, including piano, bass guitar and ukelele. His primary focus is on bass guitar.

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Graphic Designer

Emmanuel Curiel is a senior at IUPUI majoring in Computer Graphics Technology. He is currently working as a Graphic Design Intern for the CyberLab where he creates graphics and produces tutorial videos for CN. He is proficient mainly in video production, which sparked his interest in high school. He is also learning how to use programs like Python and Unity, used for game development. In his spare time Emmanuel enjoys reading books, watching movies, playing video games, drawing, listening to music, and just sitting back and relaxing.

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Quality Assurance and System Testing

Deshun Coomer is a junior majoring in Computer Information Technology at IUPUI. He is currently working as a Quality Assurance and System Testing Intern for the CyberLab where he helps improve the CN website by finding bugs and suggesting new ideas. Deshun has been interested in technology since he joined his high school's multimedia team. He is a member of ALD/PES and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars honor societies. Outside of school, Deshun enjoys playing and recording music with his keyboard.

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For more information about internship opportunities at the CyberLab or to apply for an internship, contact the CyberLab, at, or call 317-274-3463.

Research Fellows

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