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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). Ms. 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 and 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.


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 Marketing and Social Media Specialist

Jennifer Hashem studies English with a minor in Spanish at IUPUI. She serves as the CyberLab’s Social Marketing and Media intern, where she helps promote CourseNetworking (CN) at IU campuses and around the world. Jennifer is also the creator of the CN Collection, the official blog for the CN that illustrates how professors and professionals are using CN in their courses. Jennifer is part of three honors societies at IUPUI, has had two years of service learning experience within the Indianapolis community, and was nominated for the Rising Star Award in 2011 for the IU School of Education. Jennifer hopes to take her passion for language, culture, and writing into a classroom someday.


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iPhone App Developer

Manpreet (Manny) Singh is a senior at IUPUI working on a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science with a minor in Math. He discovered his passion for programming and turning an idea into a product in a programming course in high school. He has been developing web applications for more than 4 years, and recently has turned his focus to mobile app development. Aside from programming, he enjoys playing PC games and volleyball with friends and family in his free time.


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Android App Developer

P.J. Heebner is a Computer Information Science student at IUPUI who transferred from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where he earned a degree in Music Performance from the Hayes School of Music.  Before coming to the CyberLab, P.J. interned at Developer Town of Indianapolis and provided tech support for Community Health Network of Indianapolis.  Currently, P.J. is especially interested in web and Android app development and becoming fluent in Linux. P.J. enjoys playing music, video games, and biking in his spare time.



Software Developer

Naeem Tai is a sophomore at IUPUI majoring in Computer Science BS with a minor in Math. His academic goal is to attain a Master’s degree in Computer Science. As Naeem pursues his education in Computer Science, he aims to specialize in Software Engineering. Naeem graduated from Ben Davis High School in 2012 with both Academic Honors and Technical Honors diplomas. Throughout his academic career, he has received numerous awards and honors which highlight his achievements. Additionally, he has also been a part of number of honorary societies, student organizations, and volunteer activities. Before coming to the CyberLab, Naeem held Research Assistant Intern and Undergraduate Research Assistant positions in the Department of Computer and Information Science at IUPUI for nearly one and a half years. Besides his academic and professional life, Naeem enjoys spending time with friends and family and playing sports.

Software Developer

Taylor Brazelton is a sophomore at IUPUI working on his undergraduate degree in computer science. His experience in technology has been ongoing ever since he was 9 years old. From his first webpage to his passion for native mobile applications, his passion for programming and technology has grown tremendously. Prior to the CyberLab, Taylor interned for the Auri Group working with everything from native coding to RESTful API design and development. Currently, he enjoys consuming API's for use in client side applications on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Besides technology, Taylor also enjoys brain teasers, juggling, blogging, video games, and running in his unoccupied time.


Software Developer

Sai Teja Kotha is a Computer and Information Science graduate student at IUPUI. He is passionate about  painting, photography, and loves designing and coding. He loves working on projects where design is given priority along with technology. Teja believes in simplicity and perfection and is always coming up with  innovative ideas. He is currently working on developing learning analytic graphics with the Cyberlab team and refining the CN Class Cast tool.

Graphic Designer

Cali Foley is a senior in Computer Graphics Technology at IUPUI. She is currently working as a Graphic Design Intern for CyberLab and also works as a Campus Ambassador. Her projects so far have been creating advertisement slides for The CN on the JagTv’s around campus.  Her past experience includes design projects for Campus Visits that appeared on JagTv, as well as numerous class projects with an attention to detail. She has been designing for the last three years and has loved every second of it. Cali’s favorite program is Illustrator and she has a passion for learning new things by watching tutorials and reading how-to books. In her free time she likes to discover new artists, watch TV, listen to music, play video games, and spend time with family and friends.

Graphic Designer

Stephen Gurthet is currently a senior studying computer graphics technology at IUPUI. As an intern, Stephen conducts promotional and web graphics for the CyberLab’s current project, CN. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys video games, reading, and watching movies. He also enjoys designing shirts and submitting them to 24 hour shirt sites and his Redbubble profile under the pen name Gambler Z.  A fairly laid back personality, Stephen considers himself perceptive when it comes detail, and it reflects in the love of his work whether it’s a logo, shirt design, or web graphics. His passion for creativity has been a great contribution to the CyberLab so far.  

Multimedia Producer

Chris Schweder is a video production intern here at the CyberLab.  He is currently a junior at IUPUI, studying computer graphics technology, and has over eight years of experience working with computer graphics. Over the course of this internship, Chris hopes to gain valuable experience working on video production and create an impressive promotional video for Course Networking that he can display for his portfolio. 

Multimedia Producer

As one of the CyberLab’s youngest employees, Nick Homan’s title as a multimedia production intern includes working on producing promotional material for CN to be displayed online and in presentations. Nick finds working with real world applications to be a different, yet critical experience as a computer graphics technology major at IUPUI. One of his greatest accomplishments was his silver medal placement in photography at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a competition that recognizes the nation’s best young artists and writers. In his spare time, Nick enjoys playing soccer and video games. 

Multimedia Producter

Sofia Puga is a computer graphics technology student at IUPUI working on her Bachelor’s degree. She recently transferred from Ivy Tech Community College where she earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Graphics. Her experience with website usability arose during her participation in a summer research program (LSAMP) at Purdue University. The purpose of the research was to analyze the experience students, as well as faculty members, have using as a source and to gain understanding regarding any difficulties they may experience during the process. Aside from her school activities, Sofia enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends. 

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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