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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

Hossein Karimy

Software Developer

Hossein Karimy is working towards a Master's Degree in Computer Science at IUPUI with an interest in machine learning, intelligent algorithms, and robotics. He has worked around designing and developing database related desktop applications for more than 12 years. He has three honors awards for tobotic competitions and one patent. He's currently working on clustering Big Data by using Deep Learning and Neutral Network methods as his thesis. He is also an advisor for Web Accessability for the CyberLab, specifically the CourseNetworking project. Specialties include: software designing and developing, machine learning, learning algorithms, and database designing.


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Software Developer

Maziar Bouali is an Electrial 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.


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 sophomore 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 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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Multimedia Producer

Dile Wilson is a senior CGT major currently interning with the CyberLab as their Multimedia Production Intern. He has worked with graphic design since he took elective class on the subject his freshman year of high school. His love for the subject grew into a passion which drives his work. Dile has worked with many organizations on campus to help provide great experiences for future students here at IUPUI. Dile hopes his work will help CourseNetworking thrive and provide him with an experience that will help him grow as a graphic designer.

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IPhone App Developer

Nathan Cardwell is a freshman Biomedical Engineering major at IUPUI. He is currently working as an IPhone App Developer for CN in the CyberLab. His interest in the subject started when he became a programmer for his high school, Center Grove High School's robotic team. In his spare time he likes to play video games, play guitar and take long walks on the beach.

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Josh Baranski

System Testing and Quality Assurance Specialist

Josh Baranski is a Computer Information and Technology student at IUPUI where he is focusing on Networking and Security. At the CyberLab, Josh is the Quiality Control/Quality Assurance Intern. Before moving to Indianapolis in 2013, he previously lived in Tennessee and Connecticut. When Josh isn't working, or at school he enjoys making people smile, spending time with friends, watching sports, traveling and taking pictures. Josh also voulnteers at the Ronald McDonald House in Indianapolis serving the families there and is a member of CRU at IUPUI

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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.

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