Shaundra Daily

Cue Family Professor of the Practice

Shaundra ("Shani B") Daily is the Cue Family professor of the practice in Electrical and Computer Engineering & Computer Science.  Prior to joining Duke, she was an associate professor with tenure at the University of Florida in the Department of Computer & Information Science & Engineering. She also served as an associate professor and interim co-chair in the School of Computing at Clemson University. Her research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of technologies, programs, and curricula to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. Her approach has focused on four key strategies: 1) Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data to support insights on best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion, 2) Utilizing technology to support the development of interpersonal skills that will facilitate collaboration in diverse settings; 3) Developing technologies and programs geared towards making computing and engineering accessible to diverse identities, and 4) Mentoring, advising, and participating in outreach inside and outside of the university 

Having garnered over $40M in funding from public and private sources to support her collaborative research activities, Daily’s work has been featured in USA Today, Forbes, National Public Radio, and the Chicago Tribune. Daily earned her B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University – Florida State University College of Engineering, and an S.M. and Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Cue Family Professor of the Practice
  • Professor of the Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Faculty Director of Duke Technology Scholars
  • Professor of the Practice of Computer Science
  • Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010

Research Interests

Identity-inclusive computing, Human-centered design & engineering, justice-centered STEM education

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Educator of the Year. ACHI Magazine. 2022
  • Program of the Year. CoNECD Conference. 2022
  • North Carolina Black STEM Leaders. Governor Roy Cooper. 2022
  • Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising. Pratt School of Engineering. 2021
  • Undergraduate Mentor of the Year. Mary Lou William Center for Black Culture. 2020
  • Extraordinary Educator Award . Delta Alpha Pi. 2015
  • Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning Early Career Research Award . American Education Research Association. 2015
  • Emerging Scholar . Diverse Issues in Higher Education . 2013
  • Epsilon Award - Most Promising Technologist . Black Data Processing Association. 2013
  • Scholar . Clemson Institute for the Advancement of Healthcare . 2012
  • Fellow. Samsung. 2007
  • Fellow. Stanford University - LIFE Center. 2007
  • Graduate Community Fellow - Women's Initiatives. Massachusetts Institute of Technology . 2006
  • Fellow. Delta Airlines. 2003
  • Sean A. Pittman Award for Outstanding Service to the African American Community . Florida State University. 2001
  • Torchbearer. National Society of Black Engineers . 2000
  • Member. Tau Beta Pi. 2000
  • Seminole Torchbearer. Florida State University . 1998

Courses Taught

  • RACESOC 796T: Bass Connections Race & Society Research Team
  • RACESOC 795T: Bass Connections Race & Society Research Team
  • RACESOC 398T: Bass Connections Race & Society Research Team
  • RACESOC 397T: Bass Connections Race & Society Research Team
  • RACESOC 396T: Bass Connections Race & Society Research Team
  • RACESOC 395T: Bass Connections Race & Society Research Team
  • PSY 232: Quad Course: The Art and Science of What 'Works' In Life
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • HOUSECS 59: House Course
  • EGR 393: Research Projects in Engineering
  • EGR 190S: Special Topics
  • EGR 101L: Engineering Design and Communication
  • EDUC 290S: Selected Topics
  • ECE 899: Special Readings in Electrical Engineering
  • ECE 653: Human-Centered Computing
  • ECE 392: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 110L: Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 110L9: Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Lab
  • COMPSCI 653: Human-Centered Computing
  • COMPSCI 394: Research Independent Study
  • COMPSCI 391: Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Leonard, A. E., S. B. Daily, S. Jörg, and S. V. Babu. “Coding moves: Design and research of teaching computational thinking through dance choreography and virtual interactions.” Journal of Research on Technology in Education 53, no. 2 (January 1, 2021): 159–77.
  • Brinkley, J., B. Posadas, I. Sherman, S. B. Daily, and J. E. Gilbert. “An Open Road Evaluation of a Self-Driving Vehicle Human–Machine Interface Designed for Visually Impaired Users.” International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction 35, no. 11 (July 3, 2019): 1018–32.
  • Daily, S., M. T. James, D. Cherry, J. J. Porter, S. S. Darnell, J. Isaac, and T. Roy. “Affective Computing: Historial Foundations, Current Applications, and Future Trends.” In Emotions and Affect in Human Factors and Human-Computer Interaction, edited by M. Jeon. Academic Press, 2017.
  • Parmar, D., S. V. Babu, L. Lin, S. Jörg, N. D’Souza, A. E. Leonard, and S. B. Daily. “Can embodied interaction and virtual peer customization in a virtual programming environment enhance computational thinking?” In Research on Equity and Sustained Participation in Engineering, Computing, and Technology (RESPECT), 2016, 1–2. IEEE, 2016.
  • Thomas, J., S. B. Daily, and M. Streeter. “Supporting Students of Color in Learning Computer Science.” In Proceedings of the 47th ACM Technical Symposium on Computing Science Education, 706–706. ACM, 2016.