Dan Dao


Program Coordinator and Lead Faculty, Multimedia Technology and Faculty, Game Design

History With DCCCD

  • 2004-2006 - Served as Richland's dean of information technology
  • Currently serves as faculty for two programs at Richland: Interactive Simulation and Game Technology and Cyber Security.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology and master’s degree in computer science, University of Texas at Dallas

Related Professional Experience

  • Wrote his first “Hello World” program at the age of 12 using Basic programming, a procedural language. Changing from the procedural method of thinking, he made the shift to Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) with game programming languages in C++, Java, Unreal Scripts, Flash Action Scripts and Python.
  • Worked as a software programmer for Nortel and Ericsson Telecom Corridor corporations in the mid-1990s; transitioned into higher education in the late 1990s
  • Was instrumental in developing Richland’s Cyber Security program. The program is a partnership between the college and the Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC) through a National Science Foundation Grant.
  • Also works in the e-commerce industry to develop secure codes that can withstand repeated attacks to test applications for security flaws

Areas Taught:

  • Game development
  • Game programming
  • Programming fundamentals
  • C++
  • Unreal Engine 4