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Ryan McMahan
Assistant Professor-Computer Science, Department of
Office MailstopMail Box: EC31, Room No.: ECSS 4.703 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-6610    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.Computer Science and ApplicationVirginia Tech2011
 M.S.Computer Science and ApplicationVirginia Tech2007
 B.S.Computer ScienceVirginia Tech2004
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Research Interests
  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • 3D User Interfaces (3DUIs)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Training Transfer
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Graphics
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Bowman, D., McMahan, R. and Ragan, E. (2012). “Questioning Naturalism in 3D User Interfaces.” Communications of the ACM, vol. 55, no. 9, pp. 78-88.
Peer reviewed
McMahan, R., Bowman, D., Zielinski, D. and Brady, R. (2012). “Evaluating Display Fidelity and Interaction Fidelity in a Virtual Reality Game.” IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 626-633.
Peer reviewed
Ni, T., Bowman, D., North, C. and McMahan, R. (2011). “Design and Evaluation of Freehand Menu Selection Interfaces Using Tilt and Pinch Gestures.” International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, vol. 69, no. 9, pp. 551-562.
Peer reviewed
McMahan, R., Ragan, E., Leal, A., Beaton, R. and Bowman, D. (2011). “Considerations for the Use of Commercial Video Games in Controlled Experiments.” Entertainment Computing, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 3-9.
Peer reviewed

Zielinski, D., McMahan, R. and Brady, R. (2011). “Shadow Walking: An Unencumbered Locomotion Technique for Systems with Under-floor Projection.” Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Reality (VR), pp. 167-170. (Acceptance rate: 25%)

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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
January 2006-August 2008Graduate Research Assistant Virginia Center for Coal and Energy ResearchVirginia Tech
February 2012-July 2012Postdoctoral AssociateDuke UniversityPratt School of EngineeringDuke University
August 2012-PresentAssistant ProfessorComputer ScienceErik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer ScienceUniversity of Texas at Dallas
August 2008-January 2012Graduate Research Assistant Institute for Distance and Distributed LearningVirginia Tech
August 2004-May 2005Graduate Teaching AssistantComputer ScienceCollege of EngineeringVirginia Tech
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Honors and Awards
  • First Place Award, Virtual Student Center Design Competition, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), May 2008
  • Outstanding Masters Thesis Award, Dept. of Computer Science, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), May 2007
  • First Place Industry Choice Award, Undergraduate Research Symposium, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), April 2004
  • Valedictorian, Marion Senior High School (Marion, VA), 2001

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