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Mahdi M. Najafabadi

Information in Government and Society, Social Media and Social Network Analysis, Information Technology (IT) Strategy; and Enterprise IT Project Management

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Mahdi Mirdamadi Najafabadi
Lecturer – MPA, MBA
Software Engineer

Ph.D. Candidate

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College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University at Albany (SUNY)
Ph.D. in Information Science - Exp. 2019
Specialization: Information in Government and Society / Data Analytics

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany (SUNY)
Master of Public Administration (MPA) - 2014
Concentration: Information Strategy and Management

Graduate School of Management and Economics (GSME), Sharif University
Master of Business Administration (MBA) - 2007
Concentration: Business Management

Electrical and Computer Eng. Dept., School of Engineering, University of Tehran
Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Software - 2004

Research Interests

  • Managing Information and Information Technology (IT) in Sociotechnical Systems
  • Strategic Planning and Policy Making for Sustainable Development
  • Application of Innovative Technologies to Reduce Social Gaps
  • Computer Modeling and Simulation for Policy Analysis and Learning Purposes
  • Social Media, and Social/Organizational Network Analysis
  • Enterprise IT Projects Success and Failure Modes

Select Publications

Najafabadi, M. M., Domanski, R. J. (2018). Hacktivism and Distributed Hashtag Spoiling on Twitter: Tales of the #IranTalks, First Monday.

Najafabadi, Mahdi M., & Luna-Reyes, L. F. (2017). Modeling Open Government Data Ecosystems: A Closed-Loop Perspective. In Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (pp. 2711–2720). Waikoloa Village, HI: IEEE Computer Society.

Najafabadi, Mahdi M. (2017). A Research Agenda for Distributed Hashtag Spoiling: Tails of a Survived Trending Hashtag. In Proceedings of the 18th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (pp. 21–29). Staten Island, NY: ACM Press.

Sayogo, D. S., Najafabadi, Mahdi M., Tayi, G. K., & Pardo, T. A. (2016). Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security Challenges for Interoperable Data Platforms in Supply Chains. In H. Jarman & L. F. Luna-Reyes (Eds.), Private Data and Public Value (pp. 109–128). Cham: Springer International Publishing. Retrieved from

Najafabadi, Mahdi M., Bahaddin, B., Feyzi Behnagh, R., Luna-Reyes, L. F., Andersen, D. F., MacDonald, R., … Rich, E. (2015). A Learning Science Protocol for Evaluation of a Sustainability-based Learning Environment. Presented at the 33rd International System Dynamics Conference, Cambridge, MA.

Najafabadi, Mahdi M., Bahaddin, B., Deegan, M. A., Feyzi Behnagh, R., Luna-Reyes, L. F., Rich, E. H., & Andersen, D. F. (2015). Empowering Sustainable Decision Making: CoastalProtectSim in Action. Presented at the 16th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, Phoenix, AZ.

Najafabadi, Mahdi M., Sutherland, M., Cook, M., & Werthmuller, D. (2013). Revitalizing the capital district leveraging a regional code enforcement repository (p. 275). ACM Press.

Tao, M., Najafabadi, Mahdi M., Augustine, W. A., Bahaddin, B., Cronemberger, F., Hull, K. A., … Andersen, D. F. (2015). A Multi-Method Approach to Advanced Data Analytics: Diabetes Geodynamic Information System. Presented at the 33rd International System Dynamics Conference, Cambridge, MA.


I INF 305 - Digital (IT) Project Management

Prerequisites: I INF 201 and I INF 202
INF 305 is the one-stop course designed to give an overview of a spectrum of skills in which an IT project manager should be knowledgeable. The course is designed less in depth and more in extent to cover majority of what a project manager should take care of in an IT environment. It introduces the main concepts, concerns, tools and techniques, that an IT project manager should be equipped with; and leaves the in-depth extensive learning of them to other courses and professional trainings and certificates. The topics are mainly one of the following:

  • Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK);
  • Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC);
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL); and
  • Some other essentials of Management Theory.

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