Hello, World.

I'm Dane Acena.

Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing Clemson University

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Currently a second-year Ph.D. student in Human-Centered Computing at Clemson University. Developing and researching the use of immersive virtual reality for training.


More of my credentials.

Education, Professional, Research, Volunteering


Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing

August 2018 - Present

Clemson University

  • GPA: 4.0/4.0

M.S. in Computer Science

August 2018 - December 2020

Clemson University

  • GPA: 4.0/4.0

B.S. in Computer Science

August 2014 - May 2018

Benedict College

  • GPA: 3.9/4.0
  • School of Honors
  • Trustee Scholar

Professional Experience

Software Engineering Professionals

Summer 2020

Software Engineer Intern

  • Improved user experience using Bluetooth LE devices by researching and implementing various frameworks and modifications
  • Worked collaboratively with three interns, senior members, and an S&P 500 client using Agile methods and remote mob programming


Summer 2020


  • Internship offer accepted. Rescinded due to COVID-19

KEMET Corporation

August 2018 - Summer 2020

VR Training Simulation Developer

  • Developing an immersive virtual reality training simulation
  • Collaborating with a group of researchers and a designer to create an intuitive and beautiful user experience

Application Developer

August 2017 - May 2018

University of Georgia

  • Developed a novel healthcare intervention app with a team of clinicians and public health researchers
  • Documented the development process and software requirement specification

IT Support and Media Relations Intern

August 2016 - May 2017

Columbia International Festival

  • Created, maintained, and delivered event promotion via websites and social networking sites.
  • Assisted 20 staff members with computer hardware and software application.
  • Documented instructions, solutions, and process to assist team members.
  • Increased productivity by introducing software solutions such as Salesforce and TSheets.
  • Managed a 10,000-person database by updating profile, recording engagement and donor entries, and compiling reports.


IBM Blue|Hack

October 2017


Created an A.I. chatbot using IBM Watson to help users maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

May 2017


Hackathon hosted by Thurgood Marshall College Fund with Apple and John Deere. Created an iOS application that enhances the communication between public transportation operators and commuters.


American Journal of Health Promotion

Submitted, Under Review

A Focus Group Evaluation of Breathe Easier: A Mindfulness-based mHealth App for Survivors of Lung Cancer and Their Family Members

Journal of Clinical Oncology

May 2019

Empowering lung cancer survivors and family members to “breathe easier”: Adaptation and evaluation of a m-health intervention.

Survivors of lung cancer often experience a myriad of symptoms that have devastating effects on their physical and psychological functioning such as dyspnea, fatigue, and stress. To combat these symptoms, the American College of Chest Physicians has recommended the use of complementary therapies. Mindfulness-based Cancer Recovery (MBCR) can empower survivors, and caregivers who often cope with their own health problems and the stress related to caring for a survivor.


State of Public Health Conference

Oct 2018 - Athens,GA

Focus Group Evaluation and Design Recommendations for BreatheEasier: A Mindfulness Mobile App for Lung Cancer Survivors and Caregivers


Oct 2017 - Lisbon, Portugal

Assistive Exercise Robot Instructor

University of South Carolina Symposium

Jul 2017 - Columbia, SC

BreatheEasier: Advancing Quality Lung Cancer Survivorship




Student Volunteer - Photography



Cyber Saturday Program Instructor

Benedict College


Google CS-First


CompTIA IT Fundamentals

August 2017



Check Out Some of My Works.

I have done projects in several aspects such as programming, Machine Learning, Android App Development, iOS App Development, prototyping, Virtual Reality, 3D Modeling and Simulation and more!


I'd Love To Hear From You!