Shaundra Daily


Professor of Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Shaundra B Daily ("Shani") is a professor of practice in Electrical and Computer Engineering & Computer Science at Duke University and associate director of the Identity in Computing Group.  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 three key strategies: 1) Utilizing technology to support the development of interpersonal skills that will facilitate collaboration in diverse settings; 2) Developing technologies and programs geared towards making computing and engineering accessible to diverse identities; and 3) Mentoring, developing outreach, and researching the experiences of marginalized groups in computing and engineering.

Having garnered over $43M in funding from public and private sources to support her research activities, Dr. Daily has been profiled in the American Association for Advancement in Science website profiling African American Scientists; Engineer Your Life, geared towards encouraging young women to pursue engineering careers; and WGBH’s Science City. Science Update Radio Program, National Public Radio, and Under the Microscope have also recognized her work.  Dr. Daily earned a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University – Florida State University College of Engineering, and a S.M. and Ph.D. in media art and sciences at the MIT Media Lab.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor of Practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Associate Professor of the Practice of Computer Science

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 101 Science Dr, Fciemas 3577, Durham, NC 27705
  • Office Phone: (202) 922-7339
  • Email Address:
  • Websites:


  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010

Research Interests

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

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • 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
  • Member. Tau Beta Pi. 2000
  • Torchbearer. National Society of Black Engineers . 2000
  • Seminole Torchbearer. Florida State University . 1998

Courses Taught

  • COMPSCI 102L: Interdisciplinary Introduction to Computer Science
  • COMPSCI 391: Independent Study
  • COMPSCI 590: Advanced Topics in Computer Science
  • COMPSCI 653: Human-Centered Computing
  • ECE 110L9: Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Lab
  • ECE 110L: Fundamentals of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 493: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 494: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECE 651: Software Engineering
  • ECE 653: Human-Centered Computing
  • ECE 899: Special Readings in Electrical Engineering
  • EGR 101L: Engineering Design and Communication
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • NEUROSCI 104L: Interdisciplinary Introduction to Computer Science

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Leonard, AE; Daily, SB; Jörg, S; Babu, SV, Coding moves: Design and research of teaching computational thinking through dance choreography and virtual interactions, Journal of Research on Technology in Education, vol 53 no. 2 (2021), pp. 159-177 [10.1080/15391523.2020.1760754] [abs].
  • Brinkley, J; Posadas, B; Sherman, I; Daily, SB; Gilbert, JE, An Open Road Evaluation of a Self-Driving Vehicle Human–Machine Interface Designed for Visually Impaired Users, International Journal of Human–Computer Interaction, vol 35 no. 11 (2019), pp. 1018-1032 [10.1080/10447318.2018.1561787] [abs].
  • Daily, S; James, MT; Cherry, D; Porter, JJ; Darnell, SS; Isaac, J; Roy, T, Affective Computing: Historial Foundations, Current Applications, and Future Trends (2017) [abs].
  • Daily, SB; Leonard, AE; Jörg, S; Babu, S; DSouza, N; Parmar, D; Gundersen, K; Isaac, J; Acker, S, Combating Perceptions of Computer Scientists: A Short-term Intervention, Proceedings of the 47th Acm Technical Symposium on Computing Science Education (2016), pp. 686-686 [abs].
  • Thomas, J; Daily, SB; Streeter, M, Supporting Students of Color in Learning Computer Science, Proceedings of the 47th Acm Technical Symposium on Computing Science Education (2016), pp. 706-706 [abs].