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CrowdSource Summit: A Conference for Emerging Web Professionals

HCDE Blog - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 14:29

CrowdSource Summit is an annual conference presented by the Higher Education Web Professionals Association. This year, HighEdWeb is furthering its mission by educating a new audience: college students who want to be “people of the web.”

CrowdSource Summit
October 17–18, 2014
Red Lion Hotel
Portland, Oregon

View the conference schedule

$50 registration includes breakfast, lunch, and swag. Session topics include accessibility, usability, user experience, mobile interfaces, content strategy, and how the web is being used to conquer the digital divide.

Group discounts are available: If four or more students are interested in attending, the registration cost is only $25, a 50% discount. If a group is interested, email Lori Packer for a group registration code.

Boeing Recruiting Events

HCDE Blog - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 14:07

Boeing Information Technology (IT) will be on campus this month recruiting for internship and entry-level positions.

Find recruiters at an Info Session or Career Fair:

Info Session (IT Jobs)
October 8, 2014
5:30–7:30 p.m.
HUB 334

Science & Engineering Career Fair
October 20, 2014
Noon-5 p.m.
HUB Ballroom

Positions are already posted online, apply now »
Summer Internship Requisition: 1400002228
Entry-Level Requisition: 1400002150


Participation in a Research Study

HCDE Blog - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 13:42

The School of Library & Information Science at Simmons College in Boston is conducting a research project to examine how academics use Google Scholar and University library website. They are seeking survey participants who are faculty or graduate students in higher education institutions.

Info via the research team:

You are invited to participate in a research study, which examines how academics use Google Scholar and University library website. The survey is anonymous, and it will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

You can participate in this research by clicking the following link to an online survey:

The success of this research project relies upon academic participants, so your participation will be greatly appreciated. Your responses will help us better understand how academics use Google Scholar as well as University library’s website, which will help librarians prepare and improve systems and services that can facilitate the research process. 

If you have any questions about this research project, please contact: Dr. Monica Colon-Aguirre:  or Dr. Kyong Eun Oh:

Shobe Startup Prize: Info Session

HCDE Blog - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 16:23
2015 Shobe Prize Information Session
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
2–3 p.m.
UW Startup Hall (Condon Hall)

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

  1. Students sign up to give a quick pitch of their tech or design idea.
  2. Finalists are invited back 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 quarters.

​By the following Autumn quarter, winning teams 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.

Join us at the Info Session and learn more!

Student Opportunity: Test Career App

HCDE Blog - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 09:46

From local startup, MyUnfold:

The MyUnfold team is looking to have a limited release of our web and mobile app around November and we’re looking for student/early-professional groups who are interested in testing, playing, breaking, and ultimately providing feedback for the product and our career matchmaking service.

Currently MyUnfold is set to work with the University of Washington Communication Department, Bellevue College’s STEM program, and the University of Illinois Computer Science Department. The end goal is to [1] have a strong set of data for us to study and build with, and [2] connect user-testers (students/professionals) to company-testers. We have three confirmed companies at this time (ranging from marketing/design to technology/engineering). Other companies will be joining over the next month as well. This gives a great advantage during testing because early user-testers have a real chance to connect with real companies hiring for strong, qualified talent.

For more information please contact Alex Diaz, Co-Founder at MyUnfold at –; or sign up here.

UX Research Intern | HCDE Internship Database

HCDE Blog - Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:15
UX Research Intern
DoubleDown Interactive

About DoubleDown

DoubleDown Interactive is a social and mobile game company located in Seattle, WA. Known for our fun and collaborative culture, we’re a group of talented software engineers, game designers, artists, producers, marketers, analytical experts, and more. We move quickly and innovate constantly to deliver exciting online game experiences to players around the world. Our DoubleDown Casino product offers free-to-play, authentic casino-style entertainment to more than six million players monthly. Casino enthusiasts and social gamers alike love our games. As a subsidiary of International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT), we benefit from the expertise and resources of the world’s leading gaming technology company. We’re DoubleDown Interactive and we need more stellar people like you to join our team!

Position Summary:
We are looking for a User Experience Research Intern to lead a research project for the DoubleDown Interactive Business Intelligence (BI) team. This is a great opportunity for a creative, energetic, bright student to hit the ground running and make a big impact at one of the top game companies in Seattle. The User Experience Research Intern will design and execute a user experience research project focused on our internal analytics dashboard. We are looking for someone who loves data, and is always ready to speak up for the user.

Internship Goals:
–Generate actionable recommendations for internal analytics dashboard based on structured user experience research study.
–Collaborate with users from across a variety of functional domains including:
–Game producers; engineers; marketing team; finance team; executive team
–Leverage best-in-class research methodologies to understand user experience, including:
–User Interviews
–Usability lab testing
–Data mining / analysis
–Focus groups
–Study focus areas:
–Data extractions
–Optimal structure; grain; forma
–Optimal data sets
–Website interaction
–Information Architecture / Navigation
–User interactive features
–Information visualizations
–QA automation
–Automate “gut check” tests performed by business users

Required Qualifications:
–Student currently enrolled full-time in accredited College or University with coursework in information architecture, user experience research, and information management
–Ability to translate disparate needs into meaningful, actionable recommendations
–Working knowledge of User-Centered Design Principles and Practices
–Ability to think creatively and to work well both as part of a team and as an individual contributor
–High degree of intellectual curiosity
–Strong communication skills
–Quick learner
–Interest in business intelligence and analytics
–Must be in the Greater Seattle Area, at this time we are only able to consider local candidates
Desired Skills: Preferred Qualifications:
–Graduate candidate preferred; junior or senior considered
–Experience with data visualization and presentation
–Experience with data modeling and extracting data from data marts

Keys to Success:
–Deliver exceptional customer service: You are the area expert for one or more company performance areas and must deliver accurate and timely data to users of that information.
–Demonstrate accountability and integrity: Data is one of most important assets of DoubleDown. You are accountable for the accuracy and completeness of analysis based on this data and ensuring it is understood appropriately across the company
–Develop successful relationships: This position will interact directly with the data developers that maintain the data warehouse and many users of your analysis such as customer service, marketing, producers, and analysts. It is important to have good working relationships with these groups
–Embrace change: Tackles tough assignments with initiative, creativity, a value-added mind-set, questioning nature, and a sense of urgency
–Demonstrate business savvy: Looks for and suggest ways to produce meaningful insights that drive the business to meet/exceed its objectives


An Equal Opportunity Employer — Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran
Application Deadline: ASAP! Job will be listed until Oct 29, 2014
Duration of Position: 3 months minimum
Pay Range: $15-$25/hour
Contact: Melissa Dela Cruz,, 206–430-5759
Company URL:


Be a Peer Mentor in the College of Engineering

HCDE Blog - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 13:26
College of Engineering Peer Mentor Program Who can be a Peer Mentor?

You! No prior mentoring experience is required, just experience studying engineering at UW!

What’s the program all about?

Advisers in the College of Engineering are dedicated to helping students with any questions they have. But when it comes to learning about the student experience, who better to talk to than engineering students themselves?

The idea behind the Peer Mentor program is to connect first and second-year students with upperclassmen in engineering who have undergone similar experiences and can offer their student perspective and insight on a variety of subjects. Having once been in their shoes, Peer Mentors will be a valuable resource for underclassmen as they explore engineering majors, think about getting involved in clubs & organizations, consider doing research or an internship, decide where to live, contemplate studying abroad, etc. By being a mentor and sharing your experiences, you can help your peers be better informed to make their own decisions as they navigate their way through their undergraduate careers.

How does it work? What’s expected of Peer Mentors?

Peer Mentors will complete short profiles which will be posted on our website for students to browse. Students will be able to search for and contact a mentor based on their interests. If you are contacted, we expect you to respond in a timely manner. You and a mentee may choose to communicate by email and/or phone, or you may decide to meet in person; that’s up to the both of you.

As a Peer Mentor, you commit to providing your personal expertise to students who seek it out. You are not however expected to ‘know all the answers’, or assume the role of an adviser (that’s what we’re here for!). The focus of your conversations should really be on your experiences. We’ll provide you with a list of resources to reference if need be.

Peer Mentoring can be a small commitment or a larger one depending on your involvement and the number of students who decide to seek you out. You can always opt-out of the program at any time by emailing, and your contact information will be removed from the website.

How do I get involved?

First complete this quick catalyst survey. We’ll then get in contact with you about next steps. The program officially kicks off at the start of fall quarter 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren at

One Woman’s Journey in Engineering and Science: A Report from the Front Lines

HCDE Blog - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:05

UW WiSE and Qualcomm present:

2014 Women in Science and Engineering Fall Lecture

One woman’s journey in engineering and science:
A report from the front lines

Featuring Blythe Towal
Engineer and scientist
Noted Forbes Science & Healthcare 30 Under 30
2011 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellow

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
5:30–6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m., reception immediately following lecture)
Husky Union Building (HUB) Rm. 340, UW Seattle campus

Register here »

About Dr. Towal’s talk, in her own words:

I will share my journey to become a nationally recognized engineer and scientist. Over the last ten years, I’ve worked in government labs, universities, research institutes, and industry.

My time spent working across biology, electrical engineering, and computer science has allowed me to work with a multitude of scientist and engineering teams diverse in size, discipline, ethnicity, and creativity. I’ve built robots, studied how rats use whiskers to sense their environment, modeled the human visual system, and developed industry-leading applications of biologically inspired computation.

At every step of the way, I’ve gotten to work with outstanding mentors and colleagues. In this talk I will share my experiences, as well as concrete data and first-hand observations of how working within the STEM environment is evolving and improving for women.

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

Speaker Series: Introducing a Model of Coordinated Action (MoCA): Redefining the Field of Computer Supported Cooperative Work

HCDE Blog - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 23:06

Please join the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) for the first talk in the 2014 Current Issues in HCDE Speaker Series.

Introducing a Model of Coordinated Action (MoCA): Redefining the Field of Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Associate Professor Charlotte Lee Wednesday, October 1
4:30—5:20 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall (MGH), room 241, UW Seattle Campus
Find the event on Facebook »

As computerized technologies and the practices they support continue to grow in diversity, ubiquity, complexity, and scale, the number and type of research topics related to the study of collaborative systems have simultaneously continued to proliferate. It has become increasingly urgent to find ways to describe the problem space of practitioners and researchers in Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). If we are designing to support coordinated action we should know more about what coordinated action is, and furthermore, we should have better ways to talk about the variations among them. In this way, we might get closer to understanding what it means to design for sociotechnical systems that can be simultaneously socially and technically complex and are subject to frequent changes from both within and without. A conceptual grounding—e.g. theoretical framework—is needed to help us define and describe what it is that the field of CSCW actually studies. In order to further discussions in our field, this talk reviews current models of CSCW and then introduces a new conceptual model, the Model of Coordinated Action (MoCA). The practical implications of MoCA are that it may provide a shared way to find and talk about what we study in CSCW despite its electrifying and daunting diversity.

About the Speaker

Dr. Charlotte P. Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington and Director of the Computer Supported Collaboration Laboratory. She has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D in Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Lee’s research is in the field of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) with a focus on studying cyberinfrastructure development as a way to understanding highly dynamic, emergent collaborations.  Dr. Lee has been awarded a Google Research Award for her work on online calendar sharing in intimate relationships and has also been awarded one NIH grant, and five NSF-funded grants that study aspects of collaboration in the development of cyberinfrastructure, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for “junior faculty who exemplify the role of outstanding teacher-scholars” awarded in 2010. She is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (JCSCW).
See the rest of the 2014 Speaker Series lineup »


Student Job: Part-Time WordPress Developer

HCDE Blog - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:24

The School of Social Work’s Caring and Aging with Pride is searching for a part-time student developer to update their website.

The schedule is flexible and salary is negotiable. A strong familiarity with WordPress and WP site development experience is desired; templating, theming, photoshop or fireworks, using widgets and add-ons. Knowledge of UW departments server structure helpful.

Wordpress site development
MySQL management
WP theming customizing
WP templates customizing
Rotating Banner plug-ins
Photoshop or Fireworks
UW department server (ovid)

Restyling template/theme to allow for:
Rotating Banner
New Header Image
Colorizing navigation menu
Separate tag lines on interior pages

Jayne Goldsen,, Existing website:

GUEST LECTURE: Can You See Me Now? Typographical Emphasis of Headings to Facilitate Visual Search of

HCDE Blog - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 22:42

Join the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering for a talk by visiting lecturer Claire Timpany, University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Thursday, October 30
2–3 p.m.
Sieg Hall, room 420
Find the event on Facebook »

The methods used to typographically emphasize headings within text have the potential to greatly influence how effectively those headings facilitate visual search for information within a document. This research firstly looked at what single typographic variables created the greatest emphasis when applied to a heading within the body of a text. From there, combinations of typographic emphasis methods were considered for providing greater clarity for headings. In each instance comparison was also made between print and screen presentations. HCDE Guest Lecturer Claire Timpany will discuss her findings, their implications, and future directions for her research.


Claire Timpany, Computer Graphic Design
University of Waikato, New Zealand

Claire Timpany researches typography, print design, and physical interaction design. Her research is currently focused on the way in which people interact with printed material and how the benefits of electronic media can be applied to traditional media, such as print. This has lead her to research how printed media, especially books, can be developed and become more beneficial—learning and applying methods from technologies being developed in the digital age.

This weekend: Central District Startup Weekend #HackTheCD

HCDE Blog - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:21

How might we create fertile ground for the African American community in Seattle to grow with the city’s current tech boom?

Friday, September 26–28, 2014
Event starts at 4:00 p.m.


Garfield High School
400 23rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Register here »

 Hack The CD is an entrepreneurial jam session with Central District residents, business owners, community organizers, designers, and developers. Hack The CD aims to help spur new and unique business creation through entrepreneurial education, community investment through collaboration, and social innovation through tech mentorship.

Coding skills not required. All ages. No high school or college degree necessary. Scholarships available upon request. Contact hackthecd [at] for more info.

P.S. #HackTheCD is the brainchild of David Harris, a new HCDE Master’s student. Read about Harris’ process from idea pitch to reality, here.

Employer Info Session: Groupon

HCDE Blog - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 13:06
Employer  Info Session:
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
5–6 p.m.
Sieg Hall, Room 230

Please join HCDE Corporate Affiliates Program member Groupon for an Employer Info Session on Tuesday, October 14. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak directly with a Groupon recruiter and hear what exciting opportunities are available.

RSVP is not necessary, just attend!

About Groupon

Groupon is making it easy for people around the world to search and discover great businesses at unbeatable prices. Groupon is reinventing the traditional small business world by providing merchants with a suite of products and services, including customizable deals, payments processing capabilities and point-of-sale solutions to help them attract more customers and run their operations more effectively. By leveraging the company’s global relationships and scale across 48 countries, Groupon aims to be the place consumers start to buy anything, anywhere, at any time. Employees contribute to the evolution of both a company and an industry, at an unparalleled pace.

HCDE Speaker Series: Constraint-Based Design for Clinical Informatics

HCDE Blog - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 09:06

Please join the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) for the first talk in the 2014 Current Issues in HCDE Speaker Series.

Constraint-Based Design for Clinical Informatics
Keith Butler, HCDE Research Scientist Principal Wednesday, September 24
4:30—5:20 p.m.
Mary Gates Hall (MGH), room 241, UW Seattle Campus
Find the event on Facebook »

Improving the way healthcare can be performed by clinicians is a fundamental goal of health information technology (HIT). The industry’s record, however, suffers from an erratic, hit-or-miss reputation that risks patient safety, care disruption, and undermines efficiency gains needed to control cost. Standard deign methods, such as iterative prototyping and usability testing, were adequate for applications used in offices and homes but never intended for health/safety-critical domains. This talk will introduce a theory of Constraint-Based Design (CBD) for interactive systems that partitions principle design influences into independent factors and their relative importance. The talk will illustrate how CBD has been applied to HIT systems to design measurable improvements for primary care and MS care. The talk will conclude with research directions that include model-checking for verification of interactive systems for clinical care.

About the Speaker

Keith Butler is a Principal Research Scientist in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, and the PI for AHRQ’s project on workflow modeling for clinical health IT. He is one of the originators of the field of usability engineering, lead author of the ISO standard for usability testing that was recently adapted for EHR certification, and a member of NASA’s standing research review panel on space human factors. Before joining UW he was a Technical Fellow in Boeing Math & Computing Technology, and Director of Future Products and Architecture in Microsoft Global Services Automation.
See the rest of the 2014 Speaker Series lineup »


2014 Puget Sound World Usability Day: Call for Talks

HCDE Blog - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:49
World Usability Day
November 13, 2014
Husky Union Building, UW Seattle Campus

We are excited to announce that the 2014 Puget Sound World Usability Day (WUD) event will be held Thursday, November 13, in the Ballroom at the Husky Union Building on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. We tentatively plan to offer a half day program with an optional morning instructional program and an early evening networking social. This event is open to the public and will engage both industry professionals and students.

 What is World Usability Day?

This year’s worldwide Usability Day’s theme is Engagement. User Experience is all about engagement. Technology, products, and services are usable when they engage people. At work, at school, and in life, we strive to engage with those around us—whether they’re users, colleagues, or stakeholders. It means getting people on board with an idea, earning trust, and working toward mutual goals. We all know how challenging that can be.

This is the year to think outside the box. How can you engage people to use technology products and services? What kind of design thinking needs to be incorporated to keep people engaged? How can you engage those outside our field to understand the importance of a good user experience? Can we engage people to help changes things that are not working well?

 Accepting proposals for talks.

Join us. We are now accepting proposals for talks for this event. The theme of engagement is broad and offers unprecedented opportunity for a range of potential topics. We are also very flexible in terms of length of talk; we can support talks up to 30 minutes as well as shorter 10 minute lightening talks. A longer in-depth talk or a short but sweet discussion of your subject—it’s up to you.

The event location is a grand space that will support a larger audience than any past local World Usability Day event. Once again, we’ll broadcast live to the world. The Puget Sound event will close out the worldwide program. So, it’s a great place to be a visible contributor.

Find the talk proposal form on the HCDE website.

 Please submit talk proposals to using the proposal form no later than Friday, September 26. Selected speakers will be notified by Friday, October 3.

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.


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