Paul Beckman, Ph.D.

Paul Beckman, Ph.D.

On Leave for FALL 2023
Phone: (415) 338-6240
Location: BUS 301
Information Systems


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Paul A. Beckman received his B.S. (Geology, 1984) and B.S. (Geophysics, 1985) from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and his M.S.M. (Management Information Systems, 1984), M.S.I.E. (Human Factors, 1996), and Ph.D. (Management Information Systems, 1996) from Purdue University-West Lafayette, IN.

His work experience includes four years as a programmer/analyst and systems analyst at Hewlett-Packard as both an employee and consultant, nine years as an academician/researcher at San Francisco State University, and seven summers of work as a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses.

During the past nine years he has performed leading-edge research related to human performance, virtual environments, wireless mesh network technologies and business models, and the impact of social connectedness on task performance.


  • B.S. in Geology (1985), University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
  • B.S. in Geophysics (1986), University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
  • M.S. in Management with an emphasis in Management Information Systems (1988), Purdue University-West Lafayette
  • M.S. in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in Human Factors (1996), Purdue University-West Lafayette
  • Ph.D. in Management with an emphasis in Management Information Systems (1996), Purdue University-West Lafayette

Research Interests: 

  • Human performance
  • Virtual reality and virtual environments
  • Task:interface concordance in information searches
  • Wireless mesh networks
  • Impact of social connectedness on task performance

Honors and Awards: 

  • Central Research Grant, Institute for Defense Analyses ($10,000) (1994)
  • SFSU Research and Professional Development Assigned Time award (1998)
  • Lam Family College of Business Dean's Research Fellowship ($10,000) (1998)
  • Research and Professional Development grant ($5,000) (2000)
  • Vice President