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Animation Course Series Information Sessions

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 10:25

Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) and the Animation Research Labs invite you to an information session on the Animation Production undergraduate course sequence at UW Seattle. This sequence runs from Summer 2014 (A term) through Spring 2015. The Summer course, Story Design for Computer Animation, is highly recommended but optional.

The Animation Capstone culminates in a very professional and exciting collaboratively produced digital short film, similar in process to Disney/Pixar and Dreamworks productions. Examples of previous award winning films produced in the dept will be shown and questions regarding applications and admission, etc. will be addressed. We look forward to seeing you there. Light refreshments will be served.

Info Sessions:

  • Wednesday, April 30, 3–5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 8, 3:30–5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 20, 5–7 p.m.


Paul G. Allen Center room 691 (Gates Commons, 6th floor)

Seeking HCDE Student Mentors for K-12 Data Science Project

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 09:43

This year, the Living Computer Museum and the UW’s CSE and HCDE departments are co-sponsoring the first annual “Paul Allen Computing Challenge (PACC).” This challenge is designed to inspire and excite young people about the power of computing to answer important questions about real world scenarios involving data science. The theme for the 2014 PACC is “Data Science to the Rescue!”

K-12 student teams have already examined Twitter data related to Cyclone Phailin, which hit India in mid-October 2013. They have done some preliminary analysis of these data given specific prompts. In a second phase of the challenge, teams will be paired with a UW student mentor to help them undertake a deeper, more open-ended investigation. This second phase is intended to introduce these aspiring data scientists to the nature of a research project.

Faculty members Hélène Martin (CSE) and Andrew Davidson (HCDE) help organize the Puget Sound chapter of the Computer Science Teachers Association, which is running the PACC. HCDE professor Kate Starbird is directing the challenge this year, which is based on her on-going research in the use of social media during crisis events.

CSE PhD student Camille Cobb will serve as chief mentor for the PACC. We are seeking additional student mentors willing to work with these eager young computer scientists.

Mentors will meet with their student teams a few times between now and the end of the academic year to give them feedback on their initial work, help them formulate a plan for further research, and guide them in that investigation. Mentors will NOT be writing code for the teams; this is a teaching assignment! There is a $150 stipend, paid from the PS CSTA, for each mentor.

This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students. You should have some experience as a TA or instructor or a mentor to teens, and some familiarity with data science research. If you would like to help with this exciting outreach project, please email Andy Davidson explaining why you are interested, what relevant experience you have, and attach a current CV.

Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development: Submissions due May 31

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 08:00

Launched in 2012, the U.S. edition of the Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development invites university students nationwide to join us in the search for innovative technologies and methods to promote sustainable and responsible development.

The Award is designed to stimulate contributions toward sustainable development for the benefit of engineering, construction, chemical, and petrochemical organizations; the academic community; and society as a whole. Whether related to new building techniques, new chemical and petrochemical processes, alternative environmental uses or sustainable materials, projects should explore innovative practices, methods and ideas that can be implemented in a variety of real-world ventures.

In order to compete, students must submit a paper (“Entry” or “Entries”) on engineering contributions to sustainable development. Students may work individually, or in groups, under the supervision of an Advising Professor. Please refer to Eligibility criteria for details.

When developing an Entry, students should consider the following: 

Innovation: new or alternative methods, models, and technologies related to engineering, construction, or chemical practices that have the potential to drive real change.

Results & Impact: measurable or quantifiable results that produce a significant positive impact.

Potential to Scale up & Replicate: viable on a broad-scale and/or replicable in other settings.

Feasibility: financially sustainable business model (i.e. cost of implementation must be offset by savings, gain, or value-added).

Value Creation: generate value for stakeholders.

Sustainability: alignment with Odebrecht’s view on sustainability—a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses social, economic, environmental, political, and cultural dimensions. Visit to learn more about Odebrecht’s Sustainability Policy.

Relevance: Applicability to the Odebrecht Organization’s operations, with a focus on:

  • Engineering and Construction
  • Chemicals and Petrochemicals
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Energy
  • Oil and Gas
  • Other: ideas that push the boundaries and demonstrate a holistic approach of sustainable principles to create value, improve quality of life, generate opportunities, and promote sustainable progress within the Odebrecht Organization business realm.

Submissions are due May 31, 2014. Learn more about the Odebrecht Award here »

UX Career Progression: Finding a Niche & Building a Personal Brand with Nick Finck

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 10:16

UX for dubbies & HCDE Graduate Student Association presents
UX Career Progression: Finding a Niche & Building a Personal Brand with Nick Finck
UW HUB, Room 145 
Saturday, May 3, 2–4 p.m.

There are many things you learn as a UX designer that come from classrooms, articles, or books. This series covers UX career progression from the perspective of what is not yet covered in a book. In this first presentation of the series Nick Finck will talk about finding a niche in what you do within the field of UX and how to build a personal brand that can enable you to get the kinds of jobs and engagements you want as you grow your career.

We will also be raffling off two tickets to the upcoming MobileUXCamp Seattle.

Who should attend: UW students only in dub programs, HCDE, iSchool, MHCI+d, IxD, CSE, DMG, dxArts, BHI, etc.
Cost: FREE, but students must register
Bring: An open mind! Nick will supply the paper, pens, and post-it notes.

Nick’s Resource List: 

Blog Post: “Starting a Career in User Experience Design” by Nick Finck
Book: “Design is a Job” by Mike Monteiro
Article: “The T-Model and Strategies for Hiring IA Practitioners” by Nathaniel Davis Part 1, Part 2

About Nick Finck, User Experience Toreador
Nick Finck is a user experience professional who has worked in the web industry for over a decade. He specializes in information architecture, interaction design, usability and user research for web and mobile.

Nick has created web and mobile experiences for Fortune 500 companies including Adobe, Intel, REI, Boeing, Google, and He lives and plays in Seattle, Washington, where he’s the Senior Manager of User Experience at Amazon Web Services, a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud.

Prior to working at Amazon Nick was the Director of User Experience at a number of agencies including Ubermind, projekt202, and Deloitte Digital. Before that he was founder of Blue Flavor, a user experience consultancy that launched one of the very first web applications for the iPhone.

Nick was the publisher of Digital Web Magazine, an online publication for web professionals, for ten years. He is actively involved in the web community, helping as adviser to such events as SXSW Interactive, the Information Architecture Summit, WebVisions, and InfoCamp Seattle. Nick has also judged The Webby Awards and the SXSW Web Awards.

He has built a reputation as a community volunteer, promoting growth within the web industry both locally and abroad. You can find Nick giving workshops for leading organizations such as Microsoft, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Seattle Public Library. He has presented at most major conferences including SXSW, CHI, MIX, and more. Nick has also helped create an open source curriculum for web professionals and has lectured for and advised universities on their

About Amazon Web Services
Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services, Inc. began exposing key infrastructure services to businesses in the form of web services — now widely known as cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud computing, and AWS, is the ability to leverage a new business model and turn capital infrastructure expenses into variable costs. Businesses no longer need to plan and procure servers and other IT resources weeks or months in advance. Using AWS, businesses can take advantage of Amazon’s expertise and economies of scale to access resources when their business needs them, delivering results faster and at a lower cost. Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable, scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds of thousands of enterprise, government and startup customers businesses in 190 countries around the world. Amazon Web Services offers over 30 different services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). AWS services are available to customers from data center locations in the U.S., Brazil, Europe, Japan, Singapore and Australia.

About UX for dubbies
ASIS&T UW, HCDE GSA, and HCI+D have come together and we are pleased to announce UX for Dubbies, a series of student-coordinated hands-on UX skillshares and career-focused workshops for dub students.

The HCDE Graduate Student Association are hosting this User Experience (UX) workshop with Nick Finck, the Senior Manager of User Experience at Amazon Web Services, UX Toreador, and runninger up for Seattle’s Sexiest Geek (no joke.. well sorta)!

Thank you for canceling online if you can’t show.


Email if you have any questions about this event. Use #uxfordubbies to tweet during the event.

Recent posts in the HCDE Internship Database

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:37

Looking for a summer internship? The HCDE Internship Database is full of great opportunities for current students.

Recently added internships:

UX Researcher
Application deadline: April 24, 2014

Design / Research Intern
Alstom Grid
Application deadline: May 10, 2014

Graphic Design Intern
Alstom Grid
Application deadline: May 10, 2014

UI Software Developer
Infinite Biomedical Technologies
Application deadline: May 17, 2014

Web Developer Undergraduate Intern
Seattle Public Utilities
Application deadline: May 19, 2014

Human Centered Design Process Development
Pearson Packaging Systems
Application deadline: May 21, 2014

Mobile UX Camp Seattle

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.


Undergrads: The UW wants to hear from you!

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:

UX Careers Panel with Puget Sound SIGCHI

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.

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

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

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

Study Abroad in Italy: Technology and Society

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

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

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.


  • 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.


  • 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

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:30

Criteria Checklist
HCDE Sakson Diversity Scholarship and Other Department Scholarships


  • 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

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

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 (

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:

And join our FB group: