Danielle Olson

Graduate Student
Danielle Olson is a Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at MIT and works as a Research Assistant in the Imagination, Computation, and Expressions (ICE) Lab within the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Danielle graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from MIT in 2014. While at MIT, Danielle founded Gique Corporation, an educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) that exists to inspire & educate youth in STEAM. She also served as an MIT Media Lab undergraduate researcher, MIT Cheerleading Squad Captain, & first Student Ambassador to the MIT Office of Minority Education. Following her graduation from MIT, Danielle worked as a Program Manager at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center. Danielle has also previously worked as Summer Program Coordinator for the MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community (MOSTEC).



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.

Sneha Veeragoudar Harrell