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 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.



Jia Lin Cheoh - JayJia “Jay” is pursuing Computer Science at Purdue University. She was a commercial airline pilot, a lead developer at a tech giant and an entrepreneur at heart prior to joining Purdue University. After selling her two tech businesses, she went on to become a tech consultant for startups. She is passionate about contributing to multiple open source projects to leverage scarce resources and uncover new ideas. She works with the team as a lead software developer of Purdue Ironhacks, an initiative of the NSF sponsored project of open data at RCODI.



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.





Peng Li is a second year Masters student of Computer and Information Technology in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. He got his Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering from Xiamen University, China. He is interested in web application development and he also has several development experiences about web application front end and back end. He used to participate in the development of Continuous Analysis of Many CAMeras(CAM2) and take charge of the system integration and the work about open source. Peng currently works in the RCODI under Professor Sabine Brunswicker. He works as a developer in RCODI and is responsible for platform development.



Jesus-Enrique Aldana-Sigona is a socio-technical computational researcher with interest on survival mechanisms of innovations through social behaviors taken on open innovation platforms. He holds B.S. in Industrial Engineering with a minor in systems from ITESM, México. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Jesus-Enrique worked as Project Manager for an automobile company, as Deloitte Consulting Analyst in Mexico for Manufacturing and Banking sectors.




Tian Ying has studied for her Ph.D. in Donghua University in China for two years. She has won the sponsorship from China Scholarship Council for 2017-2018 for a visiting in the Research Center of Open Digital Innovation in Purdue University. Ying’s research mainly focus on the relationship between crowd-innovating space and the performance of makers. Now, she is interested in crowdsourcing and open innovation.





Junayd Merchant is a second year graduate student in Industrial Engineering at Purdue. He has a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai, India. His main areas of concentration are using statistical analysis and data science to predict crowd sourcing benefits. He has previously interned at Logitech, CA in the Supply Chain Data Science team.




Pekham Dey is a second year Master’s student in the School of Industrial Engineering with a major in data analytics at Purdue University. She received her Bachelor’s in Industrial & Production engineering from MIT, Manipal, India. She has close to 5 years of experience as Technology consultant and in New product development. She has majorly worked in the banking and finance domains with a short stint in the Automative industry. Pekham is a data enthusiast and is very passionate about insights that can be drawn from data. She is currently working as a Research assistant for the Ironhacks team.She focuses her research on analyzing how performance in open data contests improve with transparency.




Takeshi Ishikawa is a Visiting Scholar at Purdue University from Japan. He obtained two master’s degrees both in Business and Commerce and Science in Engineering from Keio University. His research interest is in Inbound Open Innovation in Japanese firms. Currently, he is empirically analyzing the difference between Open Innovation projects in Japanese firms and those in U.S. firms.