We’re the Idea Lab, part of the Zahn Innovation Platform at San Diego State University. We help people to solve their problems using Design Thinking and other creative problem solving tools. We help the people in our SDSU community – people, teams and organizations – on campus and afar. We also work with the business community to help them solve problems, develop products and services, and improve process.

Idea Lab is funded by a generous grant from the Moxie Foundation, founded by Irwin Zahn, pictured above with Director Kevin Popovic. With this gift San Diego State University has developed the Zahn Innovation Platform (ZIP), a campus-wide hub for collaboration across disciplines that includes the ZIP Launchpad to help launch of new ventures. Overall, ZIP facilitates problem-solving and inspire students, faculty and staff to pursue their creative ideas.


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Kevin Popovic
Kevin PopovicDirector
Kevin Popovic is the Inaugural Director of the ZIP Idea Lab and the Zahn Chair of Creativity and Innovation. He is also the Founder of Ideahaus®, a creative communications agency, an accomplished entrepreneur, educator, speaker and published author.
Max Lopez
Max LopezManager
Max Lopez is a third year undergrad from Los Angeles pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and he hopes to continue a career in project management. With a passion for helping others, Max wants to use his entrepreneurship background to help others chase their ambitions.
Sebastian Schneider
Sebastian SchneiderManager
Sebastian is exploring creative problem solving. A summer internship in a corporate environment has taught him to thrive in a competitive business environment. Working on the diversification of his skill set, gaining a deeper understanding of design thinking and how to apply creativity in his daily life.
Charlette Wade
Charlette WadeSenior Designer
Charlette is a Business student and member of the Weber’s Honors College. Through the Idea Lab she hopes to begin her work with students and businesses on campus in assisting with cultivating their ideas.
Austin Goodwin
Austin GoodwinSenior Designer
Austin is a third year student at SDSU studying Finance. Austin brings previous project management experience and a curiosity for creativity thinking to the ZIP Idea Lab. With aspirations of being a future business owner, he plans to learn more about the “startup mentality” by helping transform your ideas into reality.
Karina Davalos
Karina DavalosSenior Designer
Karina Davalos is a senior at SDSU graduating with an Accounting major. She’s excited to push her creativity skills to assist her community and set in motion their ideas through Idea Lab. Karina hopes to bring all that she’s learned as a business student unique ways to solve people’s problems.
Jenyka Paguia
Jenyka PaguiaSenior Designer
Jenyka Paguia is a senior at SDSU studying Business Management. Through the Idea Lab, Jenyka plans to expand her creativity skills to help others solve their problems.
Dina Sweis
Dina SweisSenior Designer
Dina Sweis is a senior at SDSU studying business management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. She sees the idea lab as a great opportunity to get hands on experience in field she is studying in. The work culture and team members make the internship welcoming and worthwhile. She wants to utilize her resources at the idea lab and apply the knowledge she’s gained to her personal and professional life moving forward.
Aaron Galipeau
Aaron GalipeauDesigner
Aaron is a third year student at SDSU studying Management of Informations Systems with a minor in Management. Looking to be a difference maker, Aaron combines life experience as a veteran to help others reach their potential. He loves golf, football, family, and learning new ways to solve problems.
Gerardo Mendoza
Gerardo MendozaSr. Designer
Gerardo is a second-year graduate student in the physics master’s program, with a bachelor’s degree in astronomy. While Gerardo has a scientific background, he is interested in business as well. Gerardo brings his critical thinking and technical skills to the Idea Lab team.
Emmanuel Gambino
Emmanuel GambinoSr. Designer
Emmanuel Gambino is a senior at SDSU studying Accounting. He has become a senior member of our team based on his hard work, initiative and willingness to serve others. He is a Lavin Entrepreneur, as well as the Accounting Assistant for the program.


We Bring Creativity, Innovation & Determination.

Working with Idea Lab increase the odds that you will come up with a big idea. Not that you can’t, but we do this every day and we know what it takes to succeed.

We Are Creative

Our lab is directed by Kevin Popovic, an accomplished creative who has built structure and process into the DNA of Idea Lab.


We Are Innovative

We are experts in innovation because we are experts in ideation. From concept to prototype, we help generate new thinking.


We Are Determined

Our team is diverse in knowledge and looking for opportunities to apply our energy and creativity, determined to help you succeed.


We’re Here To Help You – Just Ask!

Contact us and introduce yourself. We’ll take it from there.

Let’s Get Started!