Amir Dabirian, chief information officer for Cal State FullertonThis year’s G3X Conference, which provides continuing education and networking opportunities for nonprofit or philanthropic organizations and businesses, will include a lecture by Amir Dabirian ’88, Cal State Fullerton’s vice president for information technology. He will examine the changes in IT occurring in higher education and across the nonprofit sector. Register for the conference today!

Amir Dabirian ’88, the chief information officer for one of the largest and most diverse universities in the United States, has seen firsthand how IT opportunities, challenges and threats have come to the fore in recent decades, becoming a vital focus for any contemporary organization.

At the G3X Conference at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College on Tuesday, Aug. 13, Dabirian will examine the impact of technology on the social sector, including the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the challenge and opportunity of 5G, and the increasing expectation for self-service and round-the-clock availability of services.

“In my G3X talk, I will discuss how the Division of Information Technology has worked diligently to provide students with the technologies they need to be successful,” says the Cal State Fullerton engineering alumnus. “We will discuss how CSUF integrates cutting-edge technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), digital signage, and Adobe Creative Cloud, to ensure student success, and promote necessary digital literacy skills.”

The presentation will conclude with a demonstration of virtual reality learning and chatbots, presented by Dabirian and his team.

A passion for the success of students, many of whom are the first in their families to attain a college education, has been central to Dabirian’s commitment and the culture of the team he leads.

“At Cal State Fullerton, I oversee all enterprise services of IT in support of the university’s mission and strategic plan,” he says. “The success of our students is the main reason that I have served the CSUF community for over 30 years. Empowering our students to become digital citizens is the driving force behind the Division of Information Technology’s values and guiding principles.”

Dabirian’s presentation will be part of the Innovations in Technology track, a full day of lectures on IT-focused topics at the conference, sponsored by the Gianneschi Center for Nonprofit Research at Mihaylo College.

Speakers will include Stephanie Smith, social media specialist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Gerald Solomon, executive director of the Samueli Foundation and advisor to the North American Scholastic eSports Federation; and Jason Szolomayer ’02, a Mihaylo College finance grad using 3-D printing to provide hearing aid solutions to the world’s underprivileged.

For a complete lineup or to register for the conference, visit the G3X website. Read about some of our previous G3X nonprofit conference speakers to learn more about why you may want to attend this year.