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Employers: Register for the HCDE Career Fair

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:50

Thursday, January 29, 2015
4–7:00 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB) Ballroom REGISTER HERE

Registration for the 2015 HCDE Career Fair is open now!  Recruit HCDE students and recent alumni skilled in user experience, user research, information visualization, human computer interaction, and technology design solutions.

The $500 registration fee includes a membership to the HCDE Corporate Affiliates Program.

Please contact us at with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Meet the Employer: VMware

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:46
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall (MGH), room 134

HCDE Corporate Affiliates Program member VMWare is hosting an employer Info Session sponsored by the UW Career Center on January 20. Learn about a company’s culture, hear from current employees, and obtain information about current opportunities and company career paths. This is a great opportunity for interested candidates to network with company representatives.

Space may be limited and seating is on a first-come-first served basis, RSVP does not guarantee that you will get a seat. RSVP is used for an employer head count, and to notify you if any changes are made to the event.

If you have not already done so, please RSVP for this event in HuskyJobs

  • Look for Employer Info Sessions (horizontal purple menu)
  • Find the VMWare event
  • Click on the date for more details, or just click on RSVP

Careers in Startups Employer Panel

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:37
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB), room 250

Prefer working with a small driven group of entrepreneurs? Love the idea of wearing multiple hats and having a big impact on your company’s performance?

The UW Career Center will host a panel of 3–5 employers sharing insight on what it is like to work at a start-up. The event will be moderated by a counselor from the Career Center and will open up for Q&A to students at the end.

No RSVP required. Questions? Please contact

MOISA Project hiring Research Assistant

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 15:08

The Maritime Operations Information Sharing Analysis (MOISA) team is hiring a 50% RA for Spring and Summer 2015. MOISA is a research partnership sponsored by three Federal Agencies with the goal of better understanding the information sharing requirements for regional maritime safety and security. Sponsoring agencies are the DHS Interagency Operations Center, a congressionally-mandated port security initiative led by the US Coast Guard; the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), established by the White House following the 9/11 terrorist attacks; and the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office NMIO), the maritime voice of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
MOISA is the flagship project under the Center for Safety, Security, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR). Established in Summer 2014, the Center is a multi-disciplinary facility and environment where professionals from a wide range of entities (Federal, State, County, City, Tribal, International, Public and Private) team with university experts to align strategies, processes and investments in systems for security, safety and resilience.

Job Duties
  • Represent the research team at safety and security events (community meetings, workshops, and exercises) throughout the Puget Sound region (some travel may be required. E.g., Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, Port Townsend, etc.).
  • Act as a liaison for research team and collaborating community members.
  • Maintain effective communication among research team, community members, project partners and sponsors, and Principal Investigator.
  • Schedule and conduct interviews and observations with members of the Puget Sound safety and security community (law enforcement, military, etc.).
  • Conduct qualitative analysis of interview and observational data.
  • Review literature.
  • Write articles, government reports, and academic research papers.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations.
  • Develop, track, and maintain study timelines and milestones.
  • Supervise undergraduate students.
  • Assist in hiring new personnel including writing and posting job ads and conducting interviews.


  • Full-time graduate student status at the University of Washington
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, and to relay information accurately.
  • Highly organized, resourceful, and independent; strong ability to prioritize, work efficiently, and maintain attention to detail while handling multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and independently determine appropriate communications and procedures to handle sensitive information with tact, diplomacy, and discretion.
  • Willingness to actively participate by offering suggestions for improving team efficiency, effectiveness, and productivity.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with business process modeling notation (BPMN) or other model-based approaches to systems engineering.

If interested, please send resumes to U.S. Citizens Only.

Internship: UX Researcher at Virtuoso

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 15:31

The following internship was added to the HCDE Internship Database on December 1.

Virtuoso is looking for a User Experience (UX) Researcher to join our Consumer design team for a 3–6 month contract assignment. Using a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods the UX Researcher will conduct UX research and usability testing. The UX Researcher will analyze the behaviors and motivations of our users and work with a team of designers, product managers, engineers and others to develop new features.

Required Skills:
  • B.A. or M.A. (completed, or in process) in Human-Centered Design and Engineering, Information Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Experimental Psychology, Ethnology or related field
  • Excellent observational skills and a great analytical ability
  • Demonstrated experience developing and conducting user research, including lab and field-based user studies, heuristic evaluations, cognitive walkthroughs and contextual inquiries
  • Demonstrated experience developing personas, scenarios and work flows based on user research
  • Examples from past user research work available for viewing and prepared to present it to our team This could be academic work
  • Proficient with Excel, and usability testing tools such as Morae or other comparable tools
  • Highly organized and able to multi-task
  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Desired Skills:
  • Familiarity with Axure, Adobe Creative Suite applications or other interaction design tools
  • Experience in designing on web platforms for global audiences

Application Deadline: ASAP! Job will be listed until Jan 01, 2015
Duration of Position: 3 — 6 months
Pay Range: $15-$25/hour
Contact: Tony Corneto,,

HCDE Student Startup Project Needs Your Vote

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 16:01

HCDE student Susan Evans recently participated in Seattle Startup Weekend’s 2014 EDU event—a 54-hour hackathon-style event focused on improving education.

With the goal of encouraging kids to enjoy reading Evans and her team of designers, developers, educators, and business executives created a prototype for an iPad app called Book Thoughts. Book Thoughts empowers kids to share their book recommendations with each other in real time.

Evans’s team submitted Book Thoughts to the 2014 Global Startup Battle. The team needs your support to make it to the judging phase in the battle: please take a minute and vote for Book Thoughts today!

Additional teammates include Parita Kapadia, User Experience Designer at Microsoft; Jami Schwarzwalder, Librarian at Pierce County; Amitai Rottem, former Software Developer at Microsoft; Sarah FIlman, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft; Jaime Wong, Program Manager II at Microsoft; and Reetu Gupta, former Manager at Honeywell.

Vote Book Thoughts in 2014 Global Startup Battle.

Shobe Prize: Registration Now Open!

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:37

2015 Shobe Prize Pitch Day:
1/15/15 Register here »

The Shobe Prize is an annual competition sponsored by Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) alumnus, Matt Shobe.

  1. Students give a 5-minute idea pitch to Matt Shobe on January 15, 2015.
  2. Finalists are invited back in February to present a polished proposal to a panel of judges.
  3. Judges select up to two winning student teams to win the Shobe Startup Prize: teams receive up to $10,000, office space, and one-on-one mentorship from faculty and industry professionals during the spring and summer.

​By the following Autumn quarter, students have a prototype and a refined sales pitch, and are given the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a judging panel of professors and industry representatives.

Eligibility: Each team must have at least one student enrolled in any of the UW departments involved in dub; HCDE, MHCI+D, iSchool, CSE, or Design.

Designing Technology to Support Self-Experimentation for Health, a talk by Julie Kientz

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 11:52

Wednesday, December 3
4:30–5:20 p.m.
241 Mary Gates Hall (MGH)

Find the event on Facebook

People can currently access countless applications, websites, and sensing technologies intended to improve their health. Despite the overwhelming number of options, we have not yet seen widespread, sustained adoption nor the promised health benefits of these technologies. Some of the issues Professor Kientz and her research team have uncovered in previous work is that people often do not understand what data to collect to help their specific problem and lack scientific rigor in analysis of the data they collect with these devices. Analysis is often done without the consultation of a medical professional and without sufficient understanding of data trends and causal relationships. To help address this issue, Kientz is working to develop an approach and set of technology tools that will allow people to conduct self-experiments to better answer their health questions. Her approach consists of guiding people through the process of developing hypotheses, testing those hypotheses through single case study designs, and then helping people interpret the data to make better decisions about their health. In this talk, she will discuss the problem space, describe her design approach, and present prototypes for tools she is in the process of developing. Kientz will also discuss her application of this approach to two domain areas: tracking food triggers for irritable bowel syndrome and helping people understand what impacts their sleep.

About Julie Kientz

Julie A. Kientz (pronounced like “Keentz”) is an Associate Professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in The Information School and Computer Science & Engineering and is active in the Design, Use, Build (dub) alliance. Dr. Kientz’s primary research areas are in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Health Informatics. She directs the Computing for Healthy Living & Learning Lab, which focuses on designing, developing, and evaluating future computing applications in the domains of health and education. In particular, Dr. Kientz has worked on designing and evaluating mobile, sensor, and collaborative applications for people with sleep disorders, parents of young children, and individuals with autism. Her primary research methods involve human-centered design, technology development, and a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Kientz received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008, was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2009, and was named one of MIT Technology Review’s top 35 Innovators Under 35 in 2013.

HCDE Winter Celebration — Friday, December 5

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 09:51

The HCDE SA and GSA invite you to join them for the:

2014 Winter Celebration and Ugly Sweater Party
Friday, December 5
5–8:00 p.m.
Sieg Hall, 4th Floor

Find more details on Facebook



iSchool Researchers Hiring Logo & Web Designer

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 16:28

The following job description was provided by Lavi Aulck, PhD student in UW’s iSchool:

We are a research group at the UW’s iSchool in the midst of starting a project for which we are hoping to develop some promotional material. This includes, but is not limited to, a logo and website. We are looking for a graphic and/or website designer who can assist us in developing these items.

The designer will be compensated at a pre-negotiated rate commensurate with ability. Depending on talent and quality of work, additional projects will also be available from our research group.

If interested, please email

Google hiring User Research Intern

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:16

HCDE alumna Chelsey Glasson is looking for candidates for a full-time summer 2015 user research internship at Google. Interested HCDE students may reach out to Chelsey directly at for more info and to share interest.

Design as Inquiry: a talk by Daniela Rosner

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:03

November 19, 2014
4:30–5:20 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall (MGH), room 241

In this talk, HCDE Assistant Professor Daniela Rosner will describe a research approach that relies on technology design not as an end in itself but as a way to understand social phenomena, from how artists use new technologies to foster insight and action, to how community members engage public space to produce new modes of citizenship. To illustrate this approach Rosner will focus on a study of walking by drawing with Trace, a mobile mapping application that generates walking routes based on digital sketches people create and annotate without a map. In addition to creating walking paths, Trace enables people to send the paths to others, thus developing a unique form of digital communication. Rosner and her research group designed Trace to explore the possibility of emphasizing guided wandering over precise, destination-oriented navigation. Studies of sixteen people’s use of Trace over roughly one week reveal how walkers find Trace both delightful and disorienting, highlighting moments of surprise, frustration, and identification with GIS routing algorithms. Rosner will show how design interventions offer possibilities for understanding the work of technology development and how it might be done differently in HCI.

About Daniela Rosner

Daniela K. Rosner is an Assistant Professor of Human-Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) at the University of Washington where she co-directs the Tactile and Tactical Design Lab (TAT lab). Through fieldwork and design, her research reveals and creates surprising connections between technology and creative production, whether through digital fabrication or the handwork of amateur fixers. She has taught interaction design at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and worked in exhibition design at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. She holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley’s School of Information, a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago, and a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Daniela is a regular columnist for Interactions Magazine, a bimonthly publication of ACM SIGCHI.


UX Research Assistant Internship: Getty Images

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 10:42

The following internship was added to the HCDE Internship Database on November 12.

Getty Images is looking for a User Experience (UX) Research Assistant to join our Customer Insights team for a 3-month internship. This position will provide UX research support to the current team of three researchers and include the following activities:

  • Assist in design and preparation of customer studies: phone, remote, in-person, field research and site visits
  • Observe and take notes during customer interviews, usability sessions and site visits
  • After training, conduct usability test sessions
  • Build, review, and use large-scale surveys
  • Data coding, analysis and preparation of graphs and charts as inputs to research reports
  • Present research findings
  • Special projects supporting UX research infrastructure and process
  • Recruit/schedule research participants

What you will learn:

  • How to balance UX research with business needs
  • The trade-offs between different research methods and the decision process for fitting research needs into development & design schedules
  • The nuances of working with stakeholders and promoting UX research within an organization
  • A wide range of UX research methods for understanding customer needs from the simplest interviews to complex field studies
  • How to combine UX research with web analytics and site optimization (A/B) testing
  • Be involved in research that dives into the mobile, laptop and desktop experience of a single family of products

Required Skills:

  •  B.A. or M.A. (completed, or in process) in Human-Centered Design and Engineering, Information Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Human Factors, Experimental Psychology, Ethnology or related field
  • Familiarity with multiple user research methodologies, such as lab studies, field research, iterative prototype testing, and surveys
  • Demonstrated passion for UX research and technology
  • Experience conducting research with human populations
  • Excellent oral and written communicate skills; comfortable interacting with customers to gain insights into their needs
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work under minimal supervision
  • Highly organized and able to multi-task
  • Proficient with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Desired Skills:

  • Experience and aptitude for data analysis; experience and/or relevant course work preferred
  • Familiarity with HTML, online survey tools, data visualization and statistics tools is useful

Who We Are
Getty Images is the world’s leading creator and distributor of visual content and the first place creative professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage imagery. The company’s award winning photographers and imagery help customers create inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and Web sites. Headquartered in Seattle, WA and serving customers in more than 100 countries, Getty Images believes in the power of imagery to drive positive change, educate, inform, and entertain. Visit Getty Images at

Start Date: The week of December 1 or 8
Duration: 3 months from start date*
Hours: Approximately 35–40 hours per week
*Note: there may be the opportunity to extend the duration of this position on a full or part-time basis

To apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter including your availability in December (excluding Dec 24-Jan 2)

Application Deadline: ASAP! Job will be listed until Dec 12, 2014
Pay Range: $15-$25/hour
Contact: Leah Kaufman,

World Usability Day: New Prototyping Workshop

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:18

2014 Puget Sound World Usability Day
November 13, 2014
Noon-6:30 p.m.
Husky Union Building (HUB) Ballroom Register here » Just added!
Prototyping Design Competition Workshop
8:30–11:30 a.m.
Register here »

Puget Sound World Usability Day brings together a variety of User Experience (UX) disciplines for a one-day conference that celebrates a common goal:  to make services easier to access and products simpler to use. World Usability Day is celebrated in more than 30 countries throughout the world on the same day, and the Puget Sound event will close out the worldwide program.

The theme this year is engagement. User Experience is all about engagement. Technology, products and services are usable when they engage people. This is the year to “think outside of the box” and engage.

World Usability Day features more than 20 leading UX professionals from the greater Puget Sound region, as well recognized national and international guest speakers, who will share valuable insights and advice related to the theme of engagement. The 2014 keynote speakers are Tamara Adlin and Eric Schaffer. A social will immediately follow the program, and feature food, giveaways, and networking opportunities.

Tag your tweets and photos #PSWUD.
Find the event on Facebook »

Designing Tailored Motivators, a talk by Gary Hsieh

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 12:12

November 12, 2014
4:30–5:20 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall (MGH), room 241

Designing effective incentives is a challenge across many domains, from attracting technology users to nudging behavior change to compensating study participants. Unfortunately, current designs often employ a one-incentive-fits-all approach, assuming that one single reward would work sufficiently for everyone. This overlooks the fact that people are heterogenously motivated; people do not all hold the same values and have the same needs. A single reward, therefore, may not appeal to everyone, and it could also undermine diversity by attracting only certain types of people to participate.

An alternative design is to offer individually tailored motivators. While this idea works well in theory, there are many unanswered research questions for this approach to be a viable option. What motivators should we use? Under what circumstances should we use these motivators? How do we design these systems to provide sufficient user control. In this talk, Hsieh will discuss early efforts and challenges in developing tailored motivators.

About Gary Hsieh

Gary Hsieh is an Assistant Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on studying, designing, and developing technologies that enable people to interact in ways that are efficient and welfare-improving. He was previously an Assistant Professor in Communication and Information Studies at Michigan State University and has conducted research at multiple industry research labs, including Microsoft, IBM, Intel, and Fuji-Xerox. He received his PhD from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley. He is a recipient of the NSF Career Award.

Scan|Design Study Abroad Fellowships

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:43

Interested in Studying Denmark and exploring the unique political, social, geographic, design, and planning context? Looking for funding to help support your experience?

The 2015–16 UW Scan|Design Fellowships are for you. Apply by January 15, 2015.

Scholarships in the amounts of $2500  — $9000 are available to support undergraduate and graduate student participation in one of the UW’s Danish exchange study-abroad programs or summer travel study.

Info Session specific to Engineering students: Thursday, November 13
5–6 p.m.
Sieg Hall 232

RA opening at CELT

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:36

The Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT) seeks a Graduate Research Assistant for the upcoming winter and spring quarters (2015 winter and spring).

As part of an NSF-funded project (#1263512), this RA will work with research staff to produce a web site that features profiles of pioneering contributors to the field of engineering education. Required skills include excellent writing and editing, web site content authoring and management (especially using WordPress), technical communication (both oral and written), and detail orientation. Desired skills include HTML, CSS, web site design, web site quality assurance, and digital photo postprocessing. Experience with teaching or education research, whether in engineering or otherwise, is not required but is desired. This is a 50%-FTE (20-hour) RA position and is open to UW graduate students who will be formally enrolled in a state-funded, tuition-based program for at least 10 credits during 2015 winter and spring quarters.

Interested students should send a CV and up to three writing samples to Ken Yasuhara at Consideration of candidates is ongoing, and this position is open until filled.

Logo and Web Design Internship

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 16:41

The following description was posted to the HCDE Internship Database.

Web page/logo design
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is a sponsor of the Washington Initiative for Student Health. This initiative, which will be launched in spring 2015, is intended to raise awareness about, and inspire people to support, more robust health services for students in schools. To help inform our communication strategies, we are conducting focus groups in January and would like to show them 2–3 options for web pages and logos.

Looking for a student who has a knowledge of logo and web design. An interest in health care for children, and possible interest in continued consultation after completion of the project is desired.

Information on how to apply in the HCDE Internship Database.

Grad Student Skill Share Workshop

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 14:02

The HCDE Graduate Student Association is hosting their first-ever Skill Share Workshop  “Mobile Prototyping with Sketch and Framer” with HCDE MS student Eng Phannipha.

HCDE MS, certificate and PhD students are welcome to join!

 Mobile Prototyping with Sketch + Framer

Led by Eng Phannipha

Saturday, November 15
3–4:30 p.m.
HCDE Design Lab (Sieg 233)

REGISTER HERE Facebook Event

Trial versions to download before workshop (recommended not required):

The workshop is free, but you must register in order to attend!!  Space is limited to the first 50 people to register.

Questions? Contact HCDE GSA President, Gabrielle Mehlman.


Technology & Social Change Group Research Seminar

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 14:16

Below is an opportunity for HCDE students to get involved with UW’s Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) by enrolling in a research seminar.

INFX 571: Technology & Social Change Group
Research Seminar
Winter quarter 2015
Fridays 9:30–10:30 a.m.

The INFX 571 course will engage in projects related to the Myanmar Information Laboratory (MIL). The MIL is a USAID-supported center in Yangon, Myanmar created in collaboration between the Information School’s Technology & Social Change Group, the Jackson School for International Studies, and various Burmese partners as part of a project aimed at addressing emerging information-related issues facing the country, training leaders in developing and implementing ICT strategies, and offering information literacy programs to libraries and other organizations across the country. Initial MIL projects will focus on information literacy, peace building, and the 2015 elections.

This research seminar will offer students the opportunity to gain experience working on a real world ICTD project through supporting the work of the MIL in a variety of ways. The type of work students will engage in will depend on their skill sets and interests, but could include:

  1. Supporting information initiatives created by the MIL
  2. Building tools for the MIL and offering other computational support
  3. Engaging in monitoring and evaluation activities for the MIL
  4. Tackling research questions related to the MIL’s mission
  5. Producing literature reviews related to the MIL’s mission
  6. Creating a public information source about Myanmar, including short writing pieces about the project

Students with any level or type of tech ability are welcome in this course.

The course will be 3-credits and graded CR/NC.

Email Jessica Beyer at for more information.