Danielle M. Olson is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence at MIT. Her research focuses on novel applications of social science theories for story generation in interactive virtual reality (VR) experiences. She is also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Ford Foundation Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Scholar, and a recipient of the Scholar Award given by the International Chapter of the P.E.O. Danielle earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT in 2014 and an Master of Science 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. Most recently, she has worked as a 2020 summer Research Intern at Facebook Reality Labs conducting AR/VR user experience research.
Danielle is seeking a full-time industry research position related to human-computer interaction, extended reality (XR), or educational technology following her graduation.