Emerging Technologies (ET)

In line with the main vision of the Lam Family College of Business, “to be a leader in advancing transformative change globally and locally,” the Lam-Larsen Initiative for Emerging Technologies (ET) has a mission to support and advance research and teaching in the domain of emerging technologies.

From Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Blockchain, and Biotechnology to Robotics, we strive to promote the transformative potential of emerging technologies for business education and work to ensure their benefits are widely shared by our students and community.

The initiative runs and supports a variety of programs in multiple domains, including curricular innovation, Student and Community Engagement, and research and development surrounding emerging technologies. We aim to bring together experts from academia, industry, and government to share knowledge, spur innovation, and drive positive change.

Major Programs

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Events & Workshops

Support and organize hands-on workshops to help students and industry professionals explore new technologies and develop practical skills.

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Research Projects

We support students with opportunities to participate in research projects related to emerging technologies, working alongside faculty members and industry professionals in fields like artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, NFTs, AR/VR, and biotechnology.

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Emerging Technologies Student Fellows Program

This program helps top students with high GPAs obtain relevant professional certifications in emerging technologies, such as Microsoft Azure Certification, AWS Certified Solution Architects, Blockchain Developers, and Apple Xcode.

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Industry Partnerships

ETI initiates and supports projects and initiatives that involve curriculum development/upgrade with technology. The Initiative has provided funding for the SAP Recognition Award certificate program, which incorporates SAP software into undergraduate and graduate courses.

Initiative Director


Nasser Shahrasbi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems

Email:  shahrasbi@sfsu.edu