Danielle Olson

Graduate Student

Danielle Olson is a Doctoral Candidate in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at MIT. She works as a Research Assistant in the Imagination, Computation, and Expression (ICE) Laboratory within the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Her research focuses on developing new computational models of social identity for interactive narratives.

Danielle earned a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT in 2014 and an S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 2019. During her time as an undergraduate student, Danielle founded Gique Corporation, an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) that exists to inspire & educate youth in STEAM. Following her graduation in 2014, Danielle worked as a Program Manager at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center for two years prior to returning to MIT as a graduate student.



Toward Using Virtual Identities in Computer Science Learning for Broadening Participation

Our research seeks to discover best practices for using avatars to enhance performance, engagement, and STEM identity development for diverse public middle and high school computer science students. As sites of our research we run workshops in which students learn computer science in fun, relevant ways, and develop self-images as computer scientists.
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Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell

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