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Mobile UX Camp Seattle

HCDE Blog - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 14:32

MobileUXCamp Seattle
Saturday, May 17, 2014
8:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall

HCDE is a sponsor of MobileUXCamp Seattle, an “unconference” bringing together professionals, academics, and enthusiasts to share the current state and future direction of mobile technologies. Tickets cost$25 for general public and $10 for students.

REGISTER HERE

Undergrads: The UW wants to hear from you!

HCDE Blog - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 02:40

There’s an important student survey called the SERU underway at the UW. Participate in it and you will help improve the undergraduate experience. The Student Experience at the Research University (SERU) covers a broad range of topics, from the amount of time undergraduates spend studying to the type of research experiences they enjoy. Questions gauge the impact of college on such areas as critical thinking, academic preparation, research experiences, time management and overall satisfaction, and results will be used to improve our understanding of educational best practices at leading research universities. All degree-seeking undergraduate students who are 18 years old or older and currently enrolled at UW Seattle are eligible to participate – help us improve our academic and student-life programs and maybe win a major prize!

Take the survey and learn more here:  http://surveys.uw.edu/

UX Careers Panel with Puget Sound SIGCHI

HCDE Blog - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:01
UX Careers Panel 
Friday, April 25
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Bagley Hall, Room 154

Have you been looking to get into the UX field, but you’re not sure where to start? This month Puget Sound SIGCHI is hosting a UX Careers Panel. The panel is made up of UX industry leaders from around the Seattle area from businesses such as Nordstrom, 24 Seven, Frog Design, The Experience Group, and Google, who will discuss how to set yourself up for the next step in the career you want. Do you have questions about portfolios, working in an agency, landing your first research or design job? Come to the talk to get your questions answered.

Attendees will be entered to win prizes, including books from past speakers and free passes to the Internet of Things Conference.

Panelists
Celeste Combs, Principal, The Experience Group
David Miller, Director of Recruiting, Marketing, Interactive and Creative Services Division, 24/Seven
Ewen Syme, Senior Interaction Designer, frog
Jess Holbrook, Senior UX Researcher, Google
Sylvia Olveda, Principal UX Researcher, Nordstrom Direct

Schedule
6:30 p.m. — Light dinner and networking
7:00 p.m. - Introductions
7:10 p.m. - Panel presentation
8:00 p.m. - Q&A

Cost
As usual, the Puget Sound SIGCHI monthly speaker meetings are free and open to the public.

Study Abroad in Italy: Technology and Society

HCDE Blog - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:54

The UW Tacoma is offering a new study abroad opportunity to take place in Rome this coming Summer term.  It is a joint venture with Global Honors and IAS/Communications.

Italy: Technology and Society — A Global Perspective

Applications are due Monday, April 21!

 

 

Electronic Health Records and Professional Task Jurisdiction

HCDE Blog - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:48

HCDE students are invited to join us this Friday for a talk by Katie Pine about electronic health records, infrastructures, and the coordination of tasks.

Friday, April 18
10 –11 a.m.
Sieg Hall 420

Data Visualization Internship at Twitter

HCDE Blog - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 13:53

From Twitter, Inc:

We’re looking for highly motivated individuals to help us visualize Twitter’s massive dataset. As a Data Visualization Intern on Twitter Analytics Team, you will use visual representation of data to help us understand how our users engage with the product and interpret real world events and other phenomena using our rich data sets. You should be passionate about finding insights in data and report insights to the company and external parties.

Responsibilities

  • Work with large (terabytes of data, billions of daily transactions) structured and unstructured data sets.
  • Work closely and iterate quickly with other teams throughout the organization.
  • Manipulate data using a mix of SQL, Pig, R, and other scripting languages.
  • Visualize data using a mix of Javascript, Processing, R and other languages.
  • Summarize and report findings in both oral and written form.

Requirements

  • Understanding of data visualization principles.
  • Software development experience: Javascript, Ruby, Python, Java or Scala.
  • Experience with web-based visualization technologies like d3, WebGL, ProcessingJS and others.
  • Experience with statistical programming environments like R.
  • Previous experience working with Twitter data is not required but a plus.

Job link here »

HCDE Undergraduate Scholarships: Deadline May 1

HCDE Blog - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:30

Criteria Checklist
HCDE Sakson Diversity Scholarship and Other Department Scholarships

Criteria

  • Current UW undergraduate student majoring in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HDCE)
  • Full time undergraduate student (at least 10 cr. per quarter)
  • Academic achievement
  • Preference given to US Citizens
  • Demonstrated interest/understanding of HCDE
  • Demonstrated understanding or experience with diverse and/or cultural issues
  • Articulation of how the applicant will contribute to the diversity of HCDE and the field

Application checklist

  • Online application
  • Personal statement (1–2 pages) describing achievements and eligibility for scholarship in response to the prompt
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from all educational institutions where credit was earned that applies to the undergraduate program– this includes high school transcripts to be eligible for College of Engineering scholarships
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Interview with HCDE Diversity Committee–required

Expectations of Recipients

  • Write a thank-you letter to donor
  • Maintain satisfactory progress throughout program
  • Participate in at least 2 recruitment events for the HCDE department

Award varies each academic year based on revenue from available and endowed funds. Some scholarship might be renewable one time if funds are available.

Application deadline:  May 1, 2014

Game Design with Richard Rouse III

HCDE Blog - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 09:53
Game Design with Richard Rouse III
Wednesday, April 16
5 p.m. in SMI 115
RSVP here » 

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers are fortunate to host Richard Rouse.  Mr. Rouse is an experienced game designer, storyteller and writer in the field of game design and he will talk about the gaming industry and working in it, tips and tricks to be successful and “Five Ways a Video Game Can Make You Cry.”

Snacks and drinks will be provided. More information can be found on the facebook event.

RSVP here » 

Rouse’s company, Paranoid Pictures, produced two Macintosh games,the story-centric fantasy RPG “Odyssey: The Legend of Nemesis” and the military first-person shooter and strategy hybrid “Damage Incorporated”. He was also the creative director and writer on the action-horror franchise “The Suffering”. On top of that, he has also worked on titles such as Quantum Break, Sunset Overdrive, Rainbow 6: Patriots, Homefront, Wheelman, Drakan: The Ancients’ Gates, Gunslinger, the 1998 3D remake of Centipede while previously being the Director of Game Design at Midway and Design Lead at Microsoft Game Studios.  As a speaker, he is known for his lectures on game design and has spoken at the Game Developer’s Conference and E3.  As a writer, he has contributed to multiple magazines, including Macintosh gaming magazines (Inside Mac Games and Mac Games Diest), Game Developer, Develop, Siggraph Computer Graphics, and even published his own book “Game Design: Theory and Practice”.

 

Gamedev Club UW Meetups

HCDE Blog - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:09

From Gamedev Club UW:

We’re from Gamedev Club at UW, and we meet 4PM Thursdays in CSE 503. We’re interested in video games and indie video game development — namely, participating in contests and gamejams (last quarter we had several teams enter in the Cyberpunk Gamejam (http://punkcyb.org)).

Sound like your kind of deal, but no experience? No problem!
We hold regular workshops teaching how to use popular game libraries, in addition to having regular guest speakers from people involved in the local game industry.

Want to keep updated?
Check out our website:
http://gamedev.cs.washington.edu/

And join our FB group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/uwgamedevc/

Integrative Knowledge E-Portfolio Workshops

HCDE Blog - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 16:18

The Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity will be hosting two introductory workshops on how to develop an Integrative Knowledge E-Portfolio. Whether you are interested in developing an e-portfolio for a class, for potential employers to complement your resume, or as a way to document and reflect on your experiences, this workshop will provide you with a starting place.

Spring Workshop Dates:

  • Tuesday, April 22, 3:30–4:30pm, MGH 171
  • Wednesday, May 7, 3:30–4:30pm, MGH 171

RSVP here 

Five Upcoming HCDE Info Sessions

HCDE Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 14:07

Interested in learning more about the undergraduate degree in Human Centered Design & Engineering? Please join us at one of our upcoming info sessions this spring.

All info sessions are held on the University of Washington Campus in Sieg Hall, Room 233 (Design Lab). Please contact Stephanie White, HCDE Undergraduate adviser, with any questions.

Employer Conversations: Employers are People Too – How to Talk With Them

HCDE Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:33

Employer Conversations: Employers are People Too – How to Talk With Them

Thursday, April 10
4:30 — 6:30 p.m.
HUB 145

 Leave a positive impression with employers at networking events, career fairs, and interviews!

Ever wished you knew how to keep the conversation going with an employer…without it getting awkward? Ever wondered how to make your career fair pitch amazing, not blah?
Join us on Thursday, April 10 as employer panelists share practical insights, answer student questions, and stay and talk afterwards!  Panelists from the following companies will be represented:
– Google
– Denny Mountain Media
– ISB (Institute for Systems Biology)
– AT&T
– Amazon

No RSVP Necessary, seating is first-come first-served. Full details can be found here. Additional questions? Contact Crecruit@uw.edu or 206–543-9103.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP: Student Data Analyst Waterway Management & Marine Casualty Data, United States Coast Guard

HCDE Blog - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:03

SUMMER INTERNSHIP:
Student Data Analyst
Waterway Management & Marine Casualty Data, United States Coast Guard

From the HCDE Internship Database:

Duties include:

  • Looking at the past 15 years of marine casualty and marine inspection deficiency data to assist the region’s Harbor Safety Committee identify areas to improve the safety of the waterway.
  • Using GIS, analyze the data to determine if certain vessels in specific waterways pose a greater risk.
  • Use the raw data that represents the number of vessel transits by type for the various waterways to compare accidents with traffic density.

*Additional analyses may include comparing Puget Sound with a sister ports’ data for similar patterns of marine casualties and possible mitigation measures.

This initial work could be used to look at nationwide data to determine another model for staffing, risk based inspections, rulemaking and other federal govt actions/decisions.

This position is also an opportunity for a student to help the USCG evaluate their current Coast Guard Business Intelligence tools and identify and recommend possible design improvements.

Application Deadline:    Apr 08, 2014
Duration of Position:    Summer 2014
Pay Range:   $35,000-$50,000/year
Contact Name: LCDR Meridena Kauffman
Contact Email:  Meridena.D.Kauffman@uscg.mil
Contact Phone:   206–217-6042

Posted to the HCDE internship database on March 31, 2014

Got the WordPress chops? Short-term theming opportunity

HCDE Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:54

HCDE friend and alumni Matt Shobe is looking for someone with WordPress skills to help out a new local startup.

If you or someone you know someone has about two weeks to help implement a tricky WordPress theme, please contact Matt Shobe.

Got the WordPress chops? Short-term theming opportunity

HCDE Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 09:00

HCDE friend and alumni Matt Shobe is looking for someone with WordPress skills to help out a new local startup.

If you or someone you know someone has about two weeks to help implement a tricky WordPress theme, please contact Matt Shobe.

WiSE Spring Lecture: You Are More Than What You Wear

HCDE Blog - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:05

The University of Washington College of Engineering and Qualcomm present:

2014 Women in Science and Engineering Spring Lecture You Are More Than What You Wear Featuring Dianne Chong, PhD
Vice President of Materials, Manufacturing, Structures & Support, The Boeing Company

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
6:00 — 7:00 p.m.
Guggenheim Hall Auditorium, room 224

This lecture is about much more than fashion. Speaker Dianne Chong is not only a vice president at The Boeing Company; she is also a blogger, writer, public speaker, parent, engineer, and scientist. In a recent guest column in The Seattle Times, Chong wrote:

“Debating clothes and hair may seem superficial, but it reveals the critical challenges women face attaining a technology career and — more importantly — keeping one. I started with undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology, so I appreciate the relevance, both professionally and personally.

 

When a young physicist asks me what to wear to work, she’s not asking for fall-fashion trends. She’s actually asking: ‘How do I fit in at my office, where everyone else is a man?’ The fact that women are still asking these questions exposes a deep sense of not belonging.”

Space is limited! Registration is free, but required. Reception and networking following the lecture. Register here.

WiSE Spring Lecture: You Are More Than What You Wear

HCDE Blog - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:23

The University of Washington College of Engineering and Qualcomm present:

2014 Women in Science and Engineering Spring Lecture You Are More Than What You Wear Featuring Dianne Chong, PhD
Vice President of Materials, Manufacturing, Structures & Support, The Boeing Company

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
6:00 — 7:00 p.m.
Guggenheim Hall Auditorium, room 224

This lecture is about much more than fashion. Speaker Dianne Chong is not only a vice president at The Boeing Company; she is also a blogger, writer, public speaker, parent, engineer, and scientist. In a recent guest column in The Seattle Times, Chong wrote:

“Debating clothes and hair may seem superficial, but it reveals the critical challenges women face attaining a technology career and — more importantly — keeping one. I started with undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology, so I appreciate the relevance, both professionally and personally.

 

When a young physicist asks me what to wear to work, she’s not asking for fall-fashion trends. She’s actually asking: ‘How do I fit in at my office, where everyone else is a man?’ The fact that women are still asking these questions exposes a deep sense of not belonging.”

Space is limited! Registration is free, but required. Reception and networking following the lecture. Register here.

Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship Spring Open Houses

HCDE Blog - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:16

Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship Spring Open House:

April 9 & April 10, 2014
Dempsey 211
12:30 — 1:20 p.m.
RSVP here

Curious about the startup scene? Looking for the skills and experience you need to take your idea to the next level? Come to one of our Open Houses at the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship!

Some of the things we’ll talk about include:

Lunch provided. RSVP here.

Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship Spring Open Houses

HCDE Blog - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:06

Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship Spring Open House:

April 9 & April 10, 2014
Dempsey 211
12:30 — 1:20 p.m.
RSVP here

Curious about the startup scene? Looking for the skills and experience you need to take your idea to the next level? Come to one of our Open Houses at the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship!

Some of the things we’ll talk about include:

Lunch provided. RSVP here.

Intern Wanted for Climate Science Simulation Game: Spring Quarter 2014

HCDE Blog - Wed, 03/26/2014 - 17:08

A sophisticated educational simulator disguised as a video game, Universe Sandbox 2 includes more science content than the original. In addition to modeling orbits in our solar system or ripping apart the Milky Way by simulating gravity, you can also speed up time and watch stars evolve to the point of supernova, or observe the seasons passing and change Earth’s orbit to freeze it over.

Universe Sandbox 2 Alpha Teaser
http://youtu.be/8-hZit1SNPY
(the second clip shows the current state of climate visualization)

The intern will primarily assist the developer working on the climate component, which allows you to visualize seasons, global warming, and more drastic planetary disruptions.

Responsibilities/Goals:

  • Get familiar with the software and its climate calculations
  • Do background research for new feature ideas
  • Learn to document bugs and write specs for new features / improvements
  • Design a tutorial to explore a climate concept from prior coursework
  • Learn basics of Unity 3D video game development engine
  • Get comfortable looking at C# code and maybe even do some programming

Requirements:

  • Some knowledge of Atmospheric Sciences
  • Programming experience
  • Able to work 10 hours/week spring quarter

If you’re interested please send resume and (unofficial) transcript to
intern@universesandbox.com by March 28, 2014

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