D. Yvette Wohn, Assistant Professor in Information Systems (

yvettewohnDr. Wohn‘s research area is in human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-mediated communication. Much of her research focuses on motivations, social support/ social capital, and non-conscious habits through the lens of “soft sustainability.” Understanding the social and psychological elements of sustainable technology use is especially important in the context of education and health.


Graduate Students

Jie Cai

jie-cai.jpgI am a PhD student in Information System.
I have a masters degree in marketing research and one-year working experience in e-commerce. My research interests are related to social media, e-commerce,and online shopping. Currently, I am working on a project about livestreaming shopping.


Mashael Almoqbel

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Peter Jough

pfilelPeter is second year undergraduate student majoring in Business and Information Systems at NJIT. This is his first semester doing research and is excited to learn from this opportunity. Some of his previous experiences are teaching programming at NYIT-Manhattan for iD Tech Camps and mentoring CS107 as a Teaching Assistant. Some of his interests are UI/UX design, photography, and learning (human) languages.

Ankit Mittal

ankitmittal.pngI am an undergraduate Computer Science and IT double degree student at NJIT. My IT specialization is on Game Development. This will be my first semester doing research and I am currently working on a livestream shopping project. In the future I would like to work at a AAA game studio as a programmer.


Kimberly V. Prince

kimberly-prince_linkedinphoto_5142018.jpgI am a Newark Resident and a Newark Native. Currently, I am the 2018-19 Public Relations Manager on Student Senate at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. I am passionate about information accessibility and the communication strategies amongst the scientific community, which brought me to my major in Science, Technology, and Society. Also, I do enjoy collaborating with others because I believe all experiences carry a unique message to be learned from. My best moment of the Spring 2018 semester was being recently accepted in the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Definitely hoping to learn new skills with my peers, faculty, and Professor Wohn.

Priya Rajbabu


Priya is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Business. She is interested in combining these two interests to work in the field of fintech. She currently serves as the Vice President for the Women in Computing Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In the past she has interned with American Express where she was working as a Software Engineer on a Restful API project and in the upcoming summer, she will be interning at JP Morgan Chase in New York City. In the future, Priya plans on attending graduate school to study Data Science. 

Juan Rios
Juan_OptimizedProHeadshotJuan ( is an undergraduate student majoring in Human-computer Interaction in the BS/PhD program at NJIT. He has a passion for researching the intersection between human behavior and technology. His past research has been in the areas of conversational agents, older adults, internet literacy, social support, and social capital. His role in the lab has given him the opportunity to improve his qualitative and quantitative skills, the opportunity to present his research at conferences, and ultimately has increased his interest in pursuing a career in research.

Astha Sharma

Astha SharmaI am going to be a Junior majoring in Human-Computer Interaction with minors in Business & Computer Science. I’m the HCI Major Representative in the Student Senate and the Professional Chair of Alpha Kappa Psi. This is my first semester working in the Social Interaction Lab and I am excited to learn from this opportunity and gain valuable skills in research.

John Siri

pasted image 0John Siri is currently a Junior in the Human Computer Interaction Undergraduate Program at NJIT. This is John’s first semester doing research and is interested in the intersection between human behavior and technology. John hopes that doing research will both give insight into this and will help expand his skills and experiences for future work. Areas of interest to him include Game Design, Interactive Media, and the psychological ties between them and users. John is currently the Secretary of NJIT Game Club a part of the NJIT Honors College.

Dhanush Sureshbabu
dhanush.jpgI am currently a Sophomore studying Computer Science and Applied Physics. I am the Computer Science Representative for Student Senate, and the Philanthropy chair for Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity. In the past, I have worked as an SQL dev intern at Agadia System in Parsippany and as an Information Security intern/ co-op at UPS. This summer I will be interning as a Technology Analyst at JP Morgan Chase. In the future I plan to start my own business. Even though I have many ideas I believe that it is most important to learn as much as I can before I take off because 9 out of 10 businesses fail.

Lab Alumni 

Yanira Morales, Temilade Afolabi, Lindsay Armour, Basma Abukwaik (2018), Victor Chue, Anchita Komalchan Likhar, Indraneel Kulkarni (2017), Atisha Poojari (2016), Leiping Gong (2016), Calvin Allemand (2016), Emma Washington-Freeman (2016), Han Wang (2015), Rohit Kadam (2015).

Past Students

Turki Alelyani, Nidhish Dave, Erick Sanchez, Yu Cao, Mary Schneider, Rempee Kalia, Cassio Maciel Leal, Roseli Andrion, Felipe Schiquetti, Mousa Ahmadi, Sona Patel, Kira Hoffman, Adam Spryzinski


Jeremy Birnholtz, Northwestern University Social Media Lab
Brian J. Bowe, Western Washington University
Caleb T. Carr, Illinois State University
Eun-kyoung Choe, University of Maryland
Nicole Ellison, University of Michigan
Guo Freeman, University of Cincinnati
Rebecca Hayes, Illinois State University
Cliff Lampe, University of Michigan
Bongshin Lee, Microsoft Research
Yu-Hao Lee, University of Florida
SJ Min, Pace University
Wei Peng, Michigan State University
Katie Quehl, Yahoo
Rabindra (Robby) Ratan, Michigan State University


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