Although Dr. Aaron Elkins officially started as an assistant professor this fall, he is right at home at SDSU having graduated magna cum laude with a degree in MIS in 2003.
Upon graduation, Elkins worked in the IT industry for a number of years before enrolling at the University of Arizona to earn his Ph.D. in the field of MIS. Afterwards, he was involved in postdoctoral research for five years at Imperial College London and at the University of Arizona where his research was published four times in the highly prestigious Journal of Management Information Systems – a major accomplishment, even for veteran researchers.
Currently, Elkins is conducting research focused on behavior and human-computer interaction which has laid the foundation for his kiosk-based AVATAR automated border screening system. AVATAR has been sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Frontex (now the European Border and Coast Guard)