Friday, March 28, 2014

Dr. Shaundra Daily (Clemson University) Wins BDPA Epsilon Award as 'Most Promising Technologist'

National BDPA annually selects and awards the BDPA Epsilon Award to recognize and celebrate key contributions and accomplishments of its members. The 'Most Promising Technologist' award is presented to individuals who have been recognized as future technology leaders based on their drive, commitment and results thus far in their careers. One of the 2013 Epsilon Award winners in this category is Dr. Shaundra Daily, assistant professor in the Human-Centered Computing Division at Clemson University.

Dr. Daily serves as the chair of her division in the Clemson University School of Computing. Although she is early in her academic career, her scholarship stretches back to her successes as a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was only the second Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in her program.

Dr. Daily has written numerous grants to develop new technologies that have resulted in nearly $1M in funding. Her projects have uniquely combined computation with content areas that are not typically utilized. For example, she has worked in the area of Affective Computing to design, build, and evaluate emotion-sensing technologies in support of social and emotional growth. In fact, she is an inventor on a patent for a washable wearable bio-sensor that she helped develop.

Currently, she is developing a user interface to support teachers in understanding how students respond in the classroom, as well as an environment to support student interest in computing as they develop three dimensional dance partners. Her work has been disseminated through a book chapter, journal articles, and conference proceedings which have led to her work being featured by WGBH’s Science City, Science Update Radio Program, National Public Radio, Under the Microscope, Nova Science, and Forbes. She has recently been appointed to serve as an Institute for the Advancement of Healthcare Scholar for Clemson and an Emerging Scholar for Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

BDPA has no doubt that Dr. Daily's record of technology development will continue as she continues to support Clemson's efforts to push the boundaries of Human-Centered Computing. Soul clap to Dr. Juan Gilbert, winner of the 2008 Epsilon Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution, for submitting the 2013 Epsilon Award nomination for Dr. Daily.

You can follow Dr. Daily on Twitter: @DrSBDaily
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