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Team

Ali

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.

Email: jafari@iupui.edu

CN ePortfolio: thecn.com/aj10

Alice

CyberLab Associate Director

Mengyuan (Alice) Zhao is the Associate Director of the CyberLab. She obtains a Master's Degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University Bloomington and a Bachelor's Degree in Literature and Language Education from Beijing Normal University. In the current CourseNetworking project, Mengyuan is actively involved in the design and development of innovative teaching and learning functions. She also provides training and pedagogical support to new users. Besides CN, Mengyuan has diverse experience in teaching K-12 courses, conducting educational research and evaluation, designing curriculum and courses, and producing instructional multimedia.

Email: zhaomeng@iupui.edu

CN ePortfolio: thecn.com/mz13

Allie

Marketing Communications and Social Media Coordinator

Allie Wigginton is a graduate student at IUPUI, studying Public Relations. She received her undergraduate degree in Public Relations Journalism from IUPUI. She serves as the CyberLab’s Marketing Communications and Social Media Coordinator, where she helps promote CourseNetworking (CN) at IUPUI and around the world. Allie also manages the CN Collection, the official blog for the CN, as well as CN social media sites. Allie is the graduate advisor for IUPUI's PRSSA chapter, a Cox Scholar, and a Delta Zeta sorority founding member and alumni. Aside from school activities, she enjoys playing soccer, spending time with friends and family, attending concerts, photography and traveling.

Email: alliewigginton@coursenetworking.com

CN ePortfolio: thecn.com/aw203

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Graphic Designer

Joseph Hofmeister graduated from IUPUI majoring in Computer Graphics Technology. He is currently working as a Graphic Designer for the CyberLab where he works on the UI of the CN. His main expertise is in web development but he also loves illustration 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 also enjoys playing a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass, piano, and ukulele.

CN ePortfolio: thecn.com/jh198

Deshun

Software Quality Assurance and System Testing Specialist

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.

CN ePortfolio: thecn.com/dc207

Graduate Research Assistants

Marzie

Graduate Research Assistant

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 (thecn.com), 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.

Mahmood

Graduate Research Assistant

Mahmood Hosseini (Matt) is a graduate student at IUPUI, majoring in Computer Engineering. He is a research assistant in the CyberLab, where he uses his professional experience in data analysis. His strength in software development helps him improve the CN. He is both driven and self-motivated and is constantly experimenting with new technologies and techniques. Mahmood is an alumnus of National Exceptional Talents School and tries to push himself beyond his boundaries to acquire new skills and knowledge in order to succeed. Apart from research and academics, he also enjoys basketball, as he played during his high school and undergraduate careers. However, nowadays he enjoys going hiking and camping, playing Santour and photography in his spare time.

Website: mahmoodhosseini.com

Email: mahmoodhosseini93@gmail.com

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.

John Baker

Software Quality and Assurance

John J. Baker is a Computer Engineering undergraduate student at IUPUI. He is working as a Software Quality Assurance Intern the CyberLab. He is looking to pursue graduate school after completing his current studies. His hobbies include playing billiards, hiking, and hanging out with his dog, Rhino. He is always looking to gain work experience while attending classes here at IUPUI and has lived in Indianapolis for the past 10 years.

Email: johjbake@umail.iu.edu

Antonio

Software Quality and Assurance

Antonio Fernandez is a senior majoring in Informatics with a cognate in Human-Computer Interaction at IUPUI. Antonio is currently interning with the CyberLab as a Quality Assurance Intern. Antonio enjoys testing and working out any bugs a software or website may have but is also interested in UX and UI Design. Antonio has a deep admiration for technology and has used computers from a very young age. In his free time, Antonio enjoys playing sports, listening to music, reading books and watching movies.

Email: antferna@umail.iu.edu


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

Visiting Scholar

Toh

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Thanomporn Laohajaratsang is an associate professor in the Department of Learning Technology, Faculty of Education at Chaing Mai University, Thailand. She is also the former Director or the Information Technology Service Center where she now works as a consultant. Currently, she is a visiting scholar at IUPUI conducting research on designing effective pedagogical approaches with next-generation LMS for students in higher education. For over 15 years, she has administered a number of new media design projects to support innovative pedagogies such as developing high-quality e-Learning courseware content for several organizations including Chaing Mai University, Thailand Securities Institute, PTT Public Company Limited and Thailand Cyber University. One of her notable projects was managing the development of locally-made LMS called Knowledge-Creator (KC), an awarded LMS from Asia E-Learning Network (AEN). Her main research interests include digital innovation in teaching and learning, integration of ICT educational system and design of future learning environments.

Postdoc

We currently have a vacant full-time Postdoctoral position in the area of social networks, machine learning, data mining, computing algorithm or related fields. The scholar will be working closely with Professor Ali Jafari and his team in designing and developing a smart learning agent that will maximize personalized learning experience based on user behavior and profiles on thecn.com. Candidates with strong computer programming background and experience will receive a higher consideration. To view details and apply for this position please click here.