Ryan McMahan

Associate Professor, University of Central Florida

Dr. Ryan P. McMahan is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He directs the eXtended Reality & Training (XRT) Lab, which focuses on using extended reality (XR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies to facilitate and enhance training and education. Dr. McMahan is a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award winner for “Leveraging the Virtualness of Virtual Reality for More-Effective Training”. His research is highly cited, such as his “Virtual Reality: How Much Immersion Is Enough?” IEEE Computer article. He also co-authored the 3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice, Second Edition book, a common reference within the XR and VR research communities. At UCF, he teaches the courses for the Graduate Certificate in Mixed Reality Engineering program. Dr. McMahan received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Applications from Virginia Tech in 2011 under the guidance of Dr. Doug A. Bowman.


  • Extended Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Augmented Reality