In the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE), students are designing the future by building innovative technologies and systems. Putting people first, HCDE students and faculty research, design, and engineer interactions between humans and technology.
HCDE is housed within the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. HCDE students learn to center on human needs and interests as they solve design problems and build engineering solutions. Students in the College of Engineering learn to center on multifaceted grand challenges as identified by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
Students in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) build a strong foundation in designing user experiences and interfaces, creating information visualizations, conducting usability research, designing for the web, and building web technologies. In addition to traditional coursework, our students have direct access to faculty through small research groups, addressing a wide range of research and design challenges. Our graduates go on to jobs such as multimedia and web developers, usability engineers and interface designers, user experience researchers and designers, and information architects at high-tech companies (e.g., Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Amazon, Google, and Boeing).
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