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Autumn Welcome Celebration

HCDE Blog - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:42

New and returning Human Centered Design & Engineering students are invited to join HCDE for a 2014 Welcome Celebration! Meet the department faculty and staff, and get to know your fellow students. Light refreshments will be served.

2014 Autumn Welcome Celebration
Thursday, September 25
4–5:30 p.m.
HCDE Design Lab, 233 Sieg Hall Find the event on facebook.

CSCW 2015 Student Volunteers

HCDE Blog - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:00

From the Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW):

Enrollment for CSCW 2015 student volunteers is now open! Go to to submit your application. The deadline for registering is October 24.

Student volunteers are essential to the success of the CSCW conference. In return for help at the conference, student volunteers receive a number of benefits including:

  • Free conference registration and reception ticket
  • A fabulous t-shirt sure to be the envy of all conference goers
  • Even more awesome SV benefits are still being planned and discussed, so stayed tuned!

While the volunteer duties are not always glamorous, they do provide a unique opportunity to interact closely with CSCW contributors, attendees, and other student volunteers. Volunteering provides a structured, cordial environment for students in various stages of their research career to become part of the CSCW community. Students often report that the ‘social networks’ they build from these meetings are the greatest benefit of being a volunteer. Indeed, it is not uncommon for future collaborations, internships/jobs, and friendships to be made through the SV experience.


Volunteers must be undergraduate, Master’s, or Ph.D. students during the 2014–2015 academic year. Students of all backgrounds, regardless of discipline, are encouraged to apply. You do not need to have a paper accepted to participate, but you will be responsible for funding your travel to and from the conference. No previous student volunteer experience is required, but we are looking for enthusiastic and reliable people. Volunteers must commit to 20 volunteer hours of work at the conference during March 14–18, 2015.

Please note that enrollment in the “CHISV” system does not mean that you have been selected — we will run a lottery and notify individuals of their status on October 27.

HCDE GSA Welcome BBQ for HCDE Grad Students

HCDE Blog - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:55
HCDE GSA Welcome BBQ September 20, 2014 2 p.m. Mueller Courtyard, UW Seattle Campus

The HCDE Graduate Student Association is hosting a welcome BBQ for incoming and returning HCDE grad students on September 20, 2014, at 2 p.m. Learn more on the HCDE GSA website.

Feeling generous? The HCDE GSA will be collecting new school supplies to donate to homeless students through Project Cool to ensure that every child has a great time at school. You can learn more about this project at

New Student Orientation Dates

HCDE Blog - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 09:39

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) welcomes new and returning students for the 2014–2015 academic year. Orientation dates are below:

MS RE-Orientation

For continuing master’s students
Monday, September 15
5–6 p.m.
HCDE Design Lab, Sieg 233

Undergraduate Orientation

Wednesday, September 17
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
HCDE Design Lab, Sieg 233

MS Orientation

Thursday, September 18
5–6 p.m.
HCDE Design Lab, Sieg 233

PhD Orientation

Monday, September 22
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
HCDE Large Conference Room, Sieg 420

Call for Capstone Projects

HCDE Blog - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 16:57

Undergraduate and graduate students in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) will soon be embarking on a Capstone Course beginning in the autumn quarter and continuing though the academic year. Capstone projects focus on the user-centered design process, and can range from user research to design and prototyping to implementation and usability evaluations.

HCDE Corporate Affiliates Partners at the strategic membership level are invited to propose Capstone Projects for students to choose from.

Learn how to propose a Capstone Project or join the HCDE Corporate Affiliates Program, here.

Please contact HCDE Senior Lecturers Andy Davidson or Liz Sanocki with any questions about sponsorship.

ConveyUX 2015: Call for Proposals is Open

HCDE Blog - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:51

HCDE students and alumni are encouraged to submit a presentation proposal to the ConveyUX conference, happening in Seattle from January 22–24, 2015.

General interest areas include Managing & Development, Engagement & Interaction, and Content Strategy. ConveyUX judges are interested in case studies of research, interaction design, visual design, usability testing, accessibility, collaborative techniques, and anything else that helps us become better at understanding our users and improving their experiences.

You have two different presentation opportunities:

Breakout Session presenter: Present a topic as part of the 45-minute breakout sessions. These sessions take place Thursday, Jan. 22 and Friday, Jan. 23. You will be expected to prepare a session that engages your peers with thought-provoking ideas and practical techniques.

Project Showcase presenter: Show off your work as part of the Project Showcase, which takes place Friday, Jan. 23. The Showcase is an informal exhibition of real-world projects. You will discuss and demonstrate your work with your peers as they visit your showcase space.

Those presenting a breakout session topic receive complimentary registration to the conference. Project Showcase presenters receive a discounted registration to the event for $295.

To submit a proposal, email the ConveyUX Program Manager, Joe Welinske, by September 15.

Emails should include the following details:

  • Your background and experience. Include links to relevant online work, previous presentations, and/or LinkedIn profile.
  • Topic or project title.
  • Topic or project description of no more than 100 words in length.
  • Several bullet points describing what attendees can expect to learn.



Autumn 2014 HCDE Info Sessions

HCDE Blog - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:44

Are you interested in learning more about the Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering? The best way to learn about the program, including the application and admission process, is to attend an information session.

HCDE MS Info Sessions  Monday, October 6  Monday, November 3  Monday, December 1

All sessions are held from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in Sieg Hall, Room 420, on the UW Seattle Campus. No RSVP is necessary to attend.

Join us!

XX+UX Happy Hour for Women in UX

HCDE Blog - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:06
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
6—8:00 p.m.
Google’s Fremont Office
601 North 34th Street, Seattle
RSVP on Eventbrite » 

XX+UX is an event for women in UX to meet and mingle with other women in design, research and technology. #xxux

You in UX and the Social UX team at Google are hosting this month in Seattle. As an added bonus to the usual drinks, munchies, and merriment, we have a few activities planned, including a Q&A with a special guest speaker.

RSVP on Eventbrite » 

Please be sure to bring a photo ID for check-in.

UXPA Seattle & UX/IA Meetup Host AdHoc Personas Talk

HCDE Blog - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:32

UXPA Seattle and UX/IA Meetup are excited to host Tamara Adlin for a special talk on September 9, 2014 about her long journey with Personas, and how her current thinking is aligned with new work on “Adhoc Personas.”

About the talk

Tamara will discuss the evolution of Personas until about 1998 when Allan Cooper released his seminal book, “Inmates Are Running the Asylum,” and popularized “Goal-Oriented” design methods. Tamara will discuss her own journey, after Cooper, and the challenges of adapting Personas to creative organizations from Apple to Zillow.

Finally, Tamara will introduce “Adhoc Personas,” what they are, and why she now advocates this approach after many years of devising, testing, and refining methods. She will also step-through what an Adhoc Persona Workshop looks like using artifacts and pictures from actual client sessions.

Register and find additional details about the talk, speaker, location, and schedule on » 

This event is graciously being sponsored by The Creative Group (TCG) Seattle.

Suggested Reading from HCDE Students

HCDE Blog - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:03

Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) students recently shared some of their must-read books with an incoming student in the HCDE student facebook group. Here are a few of their recommended books about human centered design and design thinking:

And a few helpful links:

What do you think? Have any other books to suggest? Let us know in the comments below!

HCDE is Hiring an Academic Advisor

HCDE Blog - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:36

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) is hiring an Academic Advisor to join our student services team. This position is the primary contact for both prospective and current undergraduate students, advising them on the admissions process, potential course of study, and graduation requirements.

Learn more and apply »

Call for Entries: Seattle Design Festival Showcase

HCDE Blog - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 13:00

Seattle Design Festival is calling all designers, in all media, from architecture to furniture, products to toys plus interactive and graphic design, film and video design. Submit concepts, prototypes, and finished products that express ‘Design in Motion’ for SHOWCASE 14.

Coming to Pioneer Square September 5–12, SHOWCASE 14 is a combination Gallery and Pop-Up Shop curated by a jury of local designers to spotlight the vibrant range of design being practiced in the Pacific Northwest.

Space is limited, so hurry! DEADLINE to submit an application is Monday, August 4, at midnight.

HCDE Graduate Student Association Happy Hour

HCDE Blog - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:09

The HCDE Graduate Student Association (GSA) invites HCDE MS and PhD students, and HCDE alumni, to the annual GSA Summer Happy Hour.

HCDE Graduate/PhD/Alumni Summer Happy Hour Friday, August 8th at 7 PM Big Time Brewery & Alehouse, 4133 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98105

More info on the facebook event 

Upcoming HCDE MS Info Sessions

HCDE Blog - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 13:58

Are you interested in learning more about the Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering? The best way to learn about the program, including the application and admission process, is to attend an information session.

HCDE MS Info Sessions  Tuesday, July 29  Monday, August 25

All sessions are held from 5:30–6:30 p.m. in Sieg Hall, Room 233, on the UW Seattle Campus. No RSVP is necessary to attend.

Join us!

Startup Weekend: Mobile/Wearables Seattle

HCDE Blog - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 13:47
Startup Weekend: Mobile/Wearables Seattle
Friday, July 25 — 27, 2014

Event starts at 6:30 pm

MOZ 1100 2nd Ave #500
Seattle, WA 98101

Buy Tickets
(student tickets are half price at $25)

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Boeing Hiring Scientific & Technical Writers

HCDE Blog - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 12:47

HCDE’s Corporate Affiliates Program member, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, is hiring for an entry-level position focused on scientific and technical writing. The employee will participate in development of electronic catalog tools for use in configuring airplanes with airline customers, as well as new content management and electronic publishing tools that will improve the process for creating technical documents.

Interested graduates can apply for the job, details are below.

The Boeing requisition number is: 14–1009227 — Publication Development Specialist 1–2.
The application period is open until 7/14/2014.
• Select ‘Advanced Job Search’
• Enter 14–1009227 in the “Job Req #” search box at the bottom of the form.

XX+UX at UXPA London Conference

HCDE Blog - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:08

XX+UX is coming to London!

Are you attending the UXPA London Conference? The Google+ team and Ladies that UX are teaming up in July to host a happy hour at the lovely Mulberry Bush. This is a casual, fun event with the sole purpose of giving lady UX’ers the opportunity to meet, share stories, and support each other.

Find the event on eventbrite, here.

Student Volunteer Print/Graphic Designer Wanted — UXPA Puget Sound

HCDE Blog - Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:16

Student Volunteer Print/Graphic Designer Wanted — UXPA Puget Sound 

UXPA Puget Sound is a seeking a Student Volunteer Print/Graphic Designer to create PR materials and brochures for the organization. The right candidate should have a strong sense of design and interest in the helping the larger UX Community, in addition to experience designing printed forms. The time commitment for this project will be about 8 hours per week for 2 months.

If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume to: Ona Anicello, UXPA Puget Sound President

2014 HCDE Graduation Ceremony

HCDE Blog - Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:19

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
4–6:30 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB) Lyceum
UW Seattle Campus

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!


3:30 p.m.

Arrival of graduates, friends, families, faculty, and staff

4 p.m.

Welcome by Department Chair Jan Spyridakis
Commencement Address by Jenny Blackburn
Presentation of the graduates and recognition awards by Department Chair Jan Spyridakis

5:30 p.m.


 Graduates and guests are encouraged to share their event photos on the
official HCDE Graduation Facebook Page.

Seeking Undergraduate Research Assistants

HCDE Blog - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:39
Undergraduate Research Position Application of Technical Skills to Research in Neuroscience of Aging

The Seattle Longitudinal Study, a study of normal human aging that has been ongoing since 1956, is seeking undergraduate research assistants. Our current research uses structural and functional MRI to examine the relationship between changes in brain structure and function and cognition that occurs with normal aging in midlife and in old age. Opportunities exist for dedicated undergraduates to gain exposure to novel neuroimaging analysis techniques (e.g. cortical thickness analysis, resting state network analysis, and graph theoretical measures). A technical background and a desire to understand the neuroscience of aging are required. Desirable skills include programming (in some language, ideally C/C++/Java and or scripting languages such as Python or R), familiarity with UNIX tools, and some background in statistics (e.g., linear regression). Students would be working with us to develop neuroimaging pipelines to process structural and functional data and conducting neuroimaging analyses using  these pipelines and software developed by others.

We plan to involve several undergraduates in research in Summer, 2014, with anticipation of continuing involvement in academic year. We are most interested in students who can work with us for at least two years, so students who are in their first or second years are especially encouraged to contact us. Options are available for hourly wage or student credit, depending on the commitment of  students and their fit/expertise with our project.

Interested students should contact by email Dr. Sherry Willis ( Please provide a cv and a statement of relevant prior experience or course work.


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