Our student researchers tackle interdisciplinary questions at the interface of management and economics, information systems, design engineering, and data science in an action-oriented and empirical research setting.


albert_photoAlbert Armisen is a socio-technical computational researcher with interest in open collaboration. His research is user-inspired on open collaboration about open source software and crowdsourced discussions. He is interested at the micro and meso level of collaboration across different individuals and actors using quantitative and qualitative computational methods. He has published in information system journals (e.g. Business Horizons) and software (e.g. Applied Soft Computing). Prior to pursuing his PhD, Albert worked as a telecommunication engineering researcher and a Product and Project Manager.


Mehdi Bagherzadeh NiriMehdi Bagherzadeh is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in Management Science, with general interests in collaborative and open innovation, at the ESADE Business School, Barcelona. Currently, he is a research scholar at the Research Center for Open Digital Innovation, Purdue University. His specific research interests revolve around governance dynamics of knowledge flows in open and collaborative innovation and its effect on innovation performance. In his current research, Mehdi is studying the interplay between two governance mechanisms – selective revealing and behavioral control – with respect to their effect on two governance dimensions, namely incentive and control.

Currently, Mehdi is collaborating with Prof. Sabine Brunswicker (Purdue University) and Prof. Henry Chesbrough (UC Berkeley) in conducting the Global Open Innovation Executive Study 2014/2015 as a large scale and mix-method, survey and interviews, research with the aim of studying the governance of open innovation at the firm and project level. His recent research, titled “A Review of Interorganizational Collaboration Dynamics”, is forthcoming in the Journal of Management (JOM).
He holds a master of research degree in Management Science from the ESADE Business School. Prior to joining ESADE, Mehdi received his MBA, with the orientation of Strategic Management, and Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in Iran.


Bjoern JensenBjørn Jens Møiniche Jensen is a third year Doctoral Candidate in Open Innovation and Organizational Communication. His research interest focuses on the effects of transparency on innovation in online enterprise collaboration. He holds and M.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics and a B.Sc. in International Business Communication, both from Copenhagen Business School.



PhillipPhillip Munyua is pursuing PhD degree in Applied Economics with concentration in Spatial Econometrics. Philip’s research involves modelling economic impact of projects and digital space in a science ecosystem through amalgamation of Spatial Econometrics, Networks and Information Innovation theories.




Zhuonan SongZhuonan Song is a second year Master’s student in Technology with a concentration in open digital innovation. His research is focusing on measuring the mashup similarity in different dimensions including code, functionality and visualized features to learn how to evaluate and improve mashup projects.He is now involved in the Purdue Ironhack project to provide technical supports and develop platforms for the contest. Zhuonan has a bachelors degree in Software Engineering at Fudan University and a joint degree in Computer Science from University College Dublin. He took his internship as software engineer in Henkel, QAD and eBay and will work as a software engineer for big data in Moody’s Analytics after graduation.



Cheryl Hsiang is pursuing a PhD degree in Technology with a concentration in open digital innovation. Her research interest includes the association between online member’s centrality and idea adoption on innovation platforms. She also looks into the combination of elements in successful ideas and the relationship between the combination and idea evolution



Eonyoung ChoEonYoung Cho is pursuing her Ph.D. in Statistics. Her research interests are the statistical analysis of diffusion and network theory in Open Digital Innovation. Her current project is examining the diffusion of scientific knowledge in the Nanohub platform and the innovation process in terms of time flow.



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Marlen Promann is an award winning user experience researcher and designer. She received her B.A. (Honors) Design, and M.Sc. in Media and Communications from London, UK. Approaching design as a cognitive and socio-cultural process, she studies human behviors to inform design. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Experience at Purdue University.



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Jia Lin Cheoh (Jay) Jia Lin Cheoh is a sophomore in mechanical engineering. Her interests focus on utilizing engineering and technology approaches to assist in commercialization. She is enthusiastic about using her creativity and strategy to engage communities’ interest through digital platforms. She is currently part of the Purdue IronHack team as a technical evangelist and community manager, and is leading the communication and social efforts of our online contest platform while giving technical advice to developers.