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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.

Accepting Applications: Certificate in User-Centered Design

HCDE Blog - Mon, 06/09/2014 - 09:46

The application period is now open for HCDE’s Certificate in User-Centered Design. The best way to learn about the User-Centered Design Certificate program is to attend an upcoming information session. Mark your calendars for the summer dates!

User-Centered Design Certificate Info Sessions  Monday, June 23  Monday, July 7  Monday, July 28  Monday, August 4

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.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please email, subject line: UCD Certificate mailing list. We regret that this email address cannot respond to inquires.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP: Human Machine Interface GUI testing

HCDE Blog - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 13:40
Human Machine Interface GUI testing
Pearson Packaging Systems Internship Description:

Pearson Packaging Systems provides high speed industrial automation solutions for the major food and beverage manufacturers in North America. Our solutions are a combination of mechatronics and robotics performing a number of functions in the packaging of finished products prior to shipment. We have just finished developing a new GUI for the color touchscreen HMI used by operators and maintenance personnel who interface with the machinery. The new GUI is uses icon based navigation and presents a lot of previously tabular data in graphical formats. This is the 1st release of this new GUI. This intern position is for an HCDE student or recent graduate to develop a user test process and then conduct user testing to identify a list of future enhancements and improvements to be implemented in future releases. In this position the intern will be working closely with controls engineers and product marketing.

Required Skills:

Ability to design and implement graphical user interface user testing.
Ability to document processes
Ability to generate test summaries and reports

Desired Skills:

Understanding of mechatronics and robotics principles

Special Notes/Application Procedures:

Pearson Packaging Systems will provide furnished housing for the duration of the internship.

Relocation Allowance?

Yes, Eastside
Due to our location having personal transportation is desirable. However there is a bus stop within 1/4 mile of our plant.

Application Deadline:

ASAP! Job will be listed until Jul 05, 2014

Duration of Position:

Summer 2014

Pay Range:



Dan Aubertin,, 509–241-4718,

HCDE Grad Student Association Film Showing: “If You Build It”

HCDE Blog - Fri, 06/06/2014 - 11:32

The HCDE Graduate Student Association is hosting a showing of the award-winning documentary, “If You Build It.” Current students are invited to join and pizza will be served.

If You Build It
Tuesday, June 10
7 p.m.
HCDE Design Lab, Sieg 233

Watch the If You Build It trailer on vimeo.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Discussion Sessions

HCDE Blog - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 13:15

Are you interested in applying to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program? The UW Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity will be hosting two upcoming Fulbright U.S. Student Program discussion sessions for potential applicants to connect with current UW students who are either Fulbright alums (already returned from their time abroad) or recently selected Fulbrighters (planning to begin their trips abroad this fall). These sessions are opportunities for applicants to ask questions of these students who have been through the application process, share ideas about potential projects, brainstorm ways to find affiliations, etc.:

  • Tuesday, May 27, 4:30–5:30 p.m., MGH 171
  • Wednesday, May 28, 12:30–1:30 p.m., MGH 171

RSVP to attend either or both sessions at

UW Fulbright Program Advisers will also be on-hand to answer technical questions about this year’s application process, but we will not be attempting to cover any of the program basics already discussed during the more formal information sessions. Formal information sessions are still scheduled for this spring. Please see for dates, details, and many other helpful Fulbright-related resources.

Paid Undergraduate Web Programming Position for Summer

HCDE Blog - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 12:42

A UW iSchool faculty team is looking for undergraduate students for a paid summer web programming position. Details below.

Are you passionate about coding and interface design? Have you thought about what makes a good user profile in social media?

We are looking for undergraduates who have a knack for web development to join our project in health informatics.  As a web programmer, you will join our energetic team in developing health profiles for users in online communities. You will implement wireframe prototypes to create interactive health profiles connected to a database.  This work will require the use of javascript, JSON, and HTML5 tools. You will join our team led by two iSchool faculty members Wanda Pratt and David McDonald for weekly team meetings.

If you are looking for a paid position this summer and want to gain web development experience, spend your summer with us for an exceptional research experience!

To inquire, please see requirements below. Then email (1) your resume and (2) 3–5 sentences describing your interest in this research project to Andrea Hartzler:

Project description

This project involves interface design and development of online user profiles to connect patients in online health communities. For more about our project see:


  • Coursework in data structures and algorithms (e.g., CSE 142/143)
  • Coursework in web development (e.g., Info 343)
  • Ability to work independently with research mentorship
  • Take part in weekly meetings with research team and undergraduate mentor
  • Applicant must be working towards an undergraduate degree


  • Coursework or experience in interaction design or information visualization (e.g., Info 360/424)
  • Prior research experience
  • Interest in working with an multidisciplinary team


White House OSTP Internship Program­ Fall 2014

HCDE Blog - Tue, 05/20/2014 - 09:21

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2014 Policy Internship Program. The application deadline is 11:59pm, Friday, Jun 20. Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the Fall 2014 semester are welcome to apply.

More information and application instructions are available at

About OSTP. The Office of Science and Technology Policy advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the Federal Government.

 About the Internship Program. Interns are accepted for one of three annual terms (Spring, Summer, or Fall), which each last no more than 90 days. While these positions are without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment, practical work experience, and network opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.

For questions, please contact Rebecca Grimm

HCDE Students Presenting at Undergraduate Research Symposium

HCDE Blog - Thu, 05/15/2014 - 12:17

The 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on May 16, 2014 in Mary Gates Hall. Find the following teams of HCDE students presenting their latest research:

Analysis of Sentiment and Emotion on Crisis Tweets

  • Megan Torkildson, Senior, Human Ctr Des & Engr: Human-Computer Int
  • Cecilia Aragon, Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Kate Starbird, Human Centered Design & Engineering

Understanding how people communicate during disasters is important for creating systems to support this communication. Twitter is commonly used to broadcast information from the ground and to organize support during times of need. During the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, Twitter was utilized for spreading information, sharing firsthand observations, and to voice concern about the situation. Through building a series of classifiers to detect emotion and sentiment, the distribution of emotion during the Gulf Oil Spill can be analyzed and its propagation compared against released information and corresponding events. I contribute a series of emotion classifiers trained from 4,000 tweets with preliminary results of accuracy between 51% and 70%. These classifiers are used to analyze the emotional impact of events, such as Obama’s Oval Office Address. A broader implication of this project includes analysis of other disaster datasets through utilizing our open-source visualization and classifiers.

Misinformation on Twitter After the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing

  • Stephen (Jim) Maddock, Senior, Human Centered Design & Engineering, History, Mary Gates Scholar
  • Kate Starbird, Human Centered Design & Engineering

This project – an ongoing collaboration between the Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation (emCOMP) and Social Media (SoMe) Laboratories at UW – investigated the spread of misinformation during the Boston Marathon Bombings over Twitter, ultimately leveraging social media in crisis situations for communication, news reporting, and aid coordination efforts. Thus far we classified six rumors within the roughly twenty million tweet dataset, isolated several temporal “signatures” representative of certain kinds of rumors, and identified tweet characteristics (URLs and location data, for instance) associated with either misinformation or correction. We then further investigated the role of URLs and domains in the spread of misinformation, postulating that outside sources play a significant role in the development of temporal signatures. Finally, using a combination of rumor classification and machine learning, we began to create an application that automatically identifies misinformation in real time as it spreads.

2-Stage Rockoon: High Altitude Launch Systems for High Powered Rocketry  

  • Erin McLean, Senior, Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Craig Foulds, Senior, Physics: Applied Physics, Earth & Space Sciences (Physics)
  • Robert Winglee, Earth & Space Sciences

To escape Earth’s atmosphere, traditional high powered rockets require significant amounts of fuel. Rocket fuel is very expensive and often consumes a majority of the budget allotted for a rocket. In the 1950’s James Van Allen used weather balloons to lift rockets to high altitudes and take early video of solar activity. This rocket-balloon system, nicknamed the Rockoon, is a potentially cost-efficient way of conducting high altitude sounding experiments and putting low mass payloads in low earth orbit. By launching from high up in the atmosphere, the rocket uses less fuel because the distance to the desired altitude is shorter and the atmosphere is less dense, meaning less drag on the rocket. While Van Allen and others, such as JP Aerospace, have had successful Rockoon launches, they have all been sounding rockets (i.e. the rocket does not enter orbit but comes down after reaching apogee). The long-term goal of our research project is to use our Rockoon system to deliver a payload into a shallow orbit around the Earth. The Rockoon system uses two weather balloons to lift a two-stage high powered rocket and electronics package to a significant height. The rocket is remotely fired from the ground and recovered using GPS and radio frequency transmitters. In March of 2014, the two-stage rocket prototype was launched from an altitude of 5,000ft at Black Rock, NV. The rocket had a maximum velocity of Mach 2.2 and reached an apogee of ~45,000ft. The next phase of our research is to do an untethered launch at 100,000ft using a thermally insulated sounding rocket. By improving upon future iterations of the Rockoon, we can develop a system and instrumentation that can be used by a variety of professionals and amateurs as an affordable and faster method for delivering payloads to space.


  • Peng (Brian) Yin, Senior, Human Ctr Des & Engr: Human-Computer Int
  • Suzanne Dintzis, Pathology
  • Mara Rendi, Pathology
  • Jonathan Henriksen, Pathology

The discipline of Pathology has an enormous scope and students are constantly challenged to determine which topics are essential for clinical patient care and for the National Medical Board exams. There is a significant gap between the material presented in pathology textbooks and the material outlined in medical board review books. In addition, much of the practical knowledge that is most useful for medical students and physicians falls in between this gap. To address this need, we created PocketPath, a web-based modular teaching system, to help students and physicians consume Pathology material more efficiently. PocketPath is designed in an easy to read format that delivers an optimal amount of high yield pathology content, which includes USMLE Step 1 Board Review-style questions and important research papers. Using student surveys, interviews and web usage data, we determined how students consumed PocketPath’s content and improved their pathology test scores. Initial data suggests that PocketPath may replace lecture time, promote active learning, and potentially change the way students prepare for Board exams.


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