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Carole McDaniel

Research Associate
Assistant Director, E2i Creative Studio


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Carole McDaniel is a Product Designer and Project Manager with a specific interest in designing large-scale web and VR-based applications. She understands information architecture and design, how end users wish to interact with different types of applications, and how to translate complex ideas to technical and non-technical users. She has designed systems for the U.S. Department of Defense, large corporations, and a variety of funded research efforts both within and outside of the university.

Ms. McDaniel is a Knight at heart having earned a BA in Graphic Design, a BA in Radio & Television, and her MA in Film and Digital Media with a focus on Visual Language and Interactive Media, all from UCF. She began her career as a graphic artist at a Public Relations firm and Advertising Agency in Orlando but found her passion and acumen for interface and systems design when she began working at the Institute for Simulation & Training.

Over the course of her career, she has had the opportunity to work with computer scientists, instructional designers, artists, and researchers, and has been a part of the design and development of a number of large efforts. Her organization, visualization, and communication skills allow her to easily translate complex problems and ideas to sponsors, system engineers, and end users alike, and she prides herself on ensuring the system and interface designs she creates are intuitive and effective.

The winner of a UCF Research Incentive Award in 2023, Ms. McDaniel was recognized for her outstanding research and creative activities, including interdisciplinary research and collaborations. She believes that collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts yield the most successful, well-rounded approaches, and she strives to create and maintain relationships across the university and with sponsors to foster that very idea.


  • M.A., Film & Digital Media, University of Central Florida

  • B.A., Graphic Design, University of Central Florida

  • B.A., Radio & Television, University of Central Florida


  • Research Associate, School of Modeling, Simulation, and Training, UCF


  • 2023 UCF Research Incentive Award Winner
  • UCF RESTORES – Redline and Blueline Rescue
    https://redlinerescue.org/ | https://bluelinerescue.org/
    Redline and Blueline Rescue are dedicated to the mission of serving firefighters, law enforcement officers and their families in their times of need. Ms. McDaniel has played a key role in the development and design of these applications and is proud of the support they provide to the community.
  • UCF RESTORES – Traumatic Event Scene VR Creation Tool
    Ms. McDaniel assisted in the design, development, and deployment of a tool clinicians can use to recreate patient experiences in VR. She is proud to be a part of the UCF RESTORES team as they continue to provide mental health support to first responders, veterans, victims of sexual assault, and others suffering from PTSD.

Research Interests:

Interface Design and Usability
Technology and Interfaces for Novice and Non-Technical Users
User Experience Design

Areas of Expertise:

Interface and User Experience Design

Application Areas:

Behavioral Healthcare
First Response
Product Design
Software Development

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