From research leaders to business executives, our alumni are driving Open Digital Innovation initiatives across the globe.

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.




cherylCheryl 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.




kang-yuKang-Yu Hsu earned his PhD degree in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. His research interests involve identifying the multi-level network structure of Nanohub, in which machine learning techniques are applied to identify the role of tools, developers and users. He is currently working as a Graduate Research Scientist at Rengenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering.




phillipPhillip Munyua was a Senior Technical Leader and Data Scientist for Aricent, a software engineering company in Remond, WA. Phillip received a PhD degree in Technology with a concentration in Open Digital Innovation from Purdue University in 2015. Philip’s research involves modeling economic impact of projects and digital space in a science ecosystem through amalgamation of Spatial Econometrics, Networks and Information Innovation theories. He currently works as a Senior Data Scientist for CPG Financial in New York City.



markus-schimmer-1Markus Schimmer was a faculty member at Purdue University’s Research Center for Open Digital Innovation (RCODI) serving as a Lecturer and Researcher in Digital Innovation from 2014-2015. He contributed to the center’s research and guided the development and successful launch of a graduate course for students in the center’s MS and PhD programs. Following his stay, Markus joined Accenture Strategy in Zurich and now consults Financial Services companies on Digital Strategy. He remains associated with academia by advancing a research apps portal with event study tools for the economic analysis of discrete events and by lecturing at different institutions.



Charles Song was a Research Assistant for Purdue University’s Center for Open Digital Innovation. His research focused on measuring the mashup similarity in different dimensions including code, functionality and visualized features to learn how to evaluate and improve mashup projects. He was involved in the Purdue IronHack project to provide technical supports and develop platforms for the contest. He earned his Master’s in Technology with a concentration in Open Digital Innovation at Purdue in 2016.



Wan-Ting “Kerina” Su earned her PhD degree in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. Her research interest is on online communication activity and online social structure to explore the dynamics and network exchange patterns in open source community.





Sarah Riddle is studying Business Management and Psychological Sciences in Purdue University’s Honors College. She is pursuing her MBA at Purdue to launch a career in Human Resources. Some of her prior business experience includes interning at Textron Aviation (Cessna Aircraft Company) in Business Development and working in a Marketing role at the Metals Service Center Institute. At the RCODI, Sarah tackled a multitude of tasks from content management to marketing strategy.



Priyank Jain is a Graduate student pursuing Masters in Computer Science at Purdue University. He is a passionate programmer with over 3 years of experience in Web and System Programming. His areas of interest include Machine Learning and its applications in Social Media Domain. Priyank currently holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai, India. He worked as a Technical Analyst for 2 years in Credit Suisse Investment Bank prior to joining Purdue University. He interned at Google, CA in Summer 2017.




Bjørn Jens Møiniche Jensen received his PhD in Open Innovation and Organizational Communication. His research interest focused on the effects of transparency on innovation in online enterprise collaboration. He holds an M.Sc. in Business Administration and Economics and a B.Sc. in International Business Communication, both from Copenhagen Business School.




Pooja Shevade graduated with a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue. She received her Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, Pune, India. Some of her industrial experiences include: Interning at the Innovation Laboratory – Tech Mahindra, Pune; interning with a manufacturing firm as an Operations Analyst. Pooja is a tech enthusiast and passionate about digital innovation and analytics. At the RCODI, she was a Research Assistant and worked as a project manager with the Purdue IronHacks team. Her research was based on analyzing the effect of openness and transparency on overall performance of participants in Open Data Contests. She currently works at Amazon in Seattle.



Danny Sierra González  is a Telecommunication Engineer. He was awarded a scholarship from the GIZ – Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (International German Cooperation) to study Technology and Innovation Management partnered with Fraunhofer Institut in Germany. He is a second year M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering student from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá. Danny has experience in startup communities, open innovation strategies and lean business development. His main interest is about citizens’ motivations on open innovation  and civic crowdsourcing platforms. He was a part of the Purdue IronHack team in charge of marketing and operational strategies.



Deep Randhawa graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Purdue. His concentrations included Machine Learning, Databases and Information Systems and Software Engineering. Deep worked in RCODI under Professor Sabine Brunswicker. He mostly focused on back end development as a Software Developer, and worked on open source software in his free time. In RCODI, he was part of the tech team, and worked on developing the platform and tutorials for the hacks. He currently works for Hulu in Los Angeles.