Hello! I'm Danielle

Doctoral Student
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Research Assistant
MIT Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory
MIT Center for Advanced Virtuality
Founder at Gique

I design and build interactive narrative systems for education and social impact. My research seeks to improve approaches to virtual identity representation by developing computational models which are grounded in physical-world social science research.

My personal hobbies and interests include running, hiking, playing video games, going to concerts, cooking new recipes, and hanging out with my pets.

My Research Interests

I conduct research spanning multiple disciplines, including computer science, social science, cultural theory, and narratology.

Human-Computer Interaction

I study how gestures and body language can be used to create intuitive, expressive game mechanics in immersive storytelling experiences.

Interactive Narrative

I develop interactive virtual reality (VR) narratives which address social issues such as discrimination based upon race and ethnicity, class, and gender.

Immersive Learning

I design creative learning experiences which use educational technologies and apply anti-deficit achievement frameworks to support project-based learning.

Work Experience

  • MIT STEAM Camp at Chinese International School

    Summer 2018

    Worked as a Learning Facilitator teaching computer science to middle school youth in Hong Kong using Scratch, microcontrollers, and LEGO robotics.

  • Mediate

    July 2017 to April 2018

    Worked as a VR Research Consultant conducting user studies on voice and gaze interaction in immersive 3D environments.

  • Microsoft

    June 2014 to April 2016

    Worked as a Program Manager driving the design and implementation of next-generation software solutions with the Microsoft Intune product team.

  • Gique Corporation

    November 2013 to June 2018

    Founded nonprofit 501(c)(3) to inspire and educate Boston-area youth in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    February 2019 to Present

    Doctoral Student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Research Advisor: Professor D. Fox Harrell

    Minor: Learning Science and Technology

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    September 2016 to February 2019

    Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Thesis: Exploring the Role of Racial and Ethnic Socialization in Virtual Reality (VR) Narratives

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    September 2010 to June 2014

    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering

    Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Concentration in Women's and Gender Studies

My References

I had the privilege of working with Danielle for 2 years while building Mobile Device Apps for Microsoft's Mobile Device Management Team. She was a delight to work with and always came with a positive approach to every problem we worked to solve. Some of the words that come to mind when I think about working with Danielle are Sharp, Enthusiastic, Hard Working and Dedicated. I hope our professional paths cross in the future and we get to collaborate on some projects again.

Terrance Kirkwood
Senior Design Manager at Microsoft

I have interacted with Danielle for 3 years that she was employed at Microsoft. I was her manager for that duration of time. Danielle throughout this project was able to demonstrate leadership skills in making sure that the team was able to meet the goals of the features. Since Danielle decided to pursue her PhD at MIT, the team has struggled to replace her as a leader on the team. I strongly recommend Danielle.

Peter Orenberg
Principal Program Manager at Microsoft

I worked with Danielle during my time at Microsoft. When she joined the team she improved the entire dynamic. I worked remotely from PM and Dev team and we hadn't built a relationship yet. She was able to support user experience and get the team in the same direction. She was responsive, easy to talk to, and organized in a product that had just reorged into a new team. I am lucky to have worked with her.

Michelle Guarino
Senior Product Designer at Axon

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