Mission, Vision, and Overview
The University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering is at the forefront of ensuring tomorrow's technologies and systems are designed to meet the needs and interests of every individual, community, and society at large.
We build possibility. We advance systems and technologies for people and communities to create accessible, sustainable, and prosperous futures.
We create intersections. We thrive at the critical junction of research, education, and community to cultivate equity, access, and opportunity.
We believe a just future is possible. We will be the leading academic program integrating empathy and collaboration to design and engineer equitable practices, tools, and technologies across the globe.
The Bachelor of Science provides students with user research and design skills, coupled with a solid foundation in math and science.
The Master of Science fosters and advances students' knowledge and skills in the design and evaluation of information products, technologies, and user interfaces.
The Doctor of Philosophy provides unparalleled depth and experience for students interested in studying the conception, design, implementation, usability, and evaluation of technologies for specific audiences or user groups.
The User-Centered Design certificate program provides students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues in usability and user-centered design.
2019–2020 academic year
|Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) enrollment||57|
|User-Centered Design certificate enrollment||29|
|Diversity of Degree Recipients||BS||MS||PhD||UCD|
|Underrepresented ethnic and racial minorities*||11%||11%||12%||17%|
|* African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander|
Data reported Autumn 2019.
|Tenured and tenure-track and research faculty
|NSF Early Career Award recipients|
Faculty career lecturers
|Jay R. Gould Awards for Excellence in Teaching from the Society for Technical Communication|
|Joint or adjunct faculty from other UW departments||
|Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)|
|Affiliate faculty from industry and external research and educational institutions||
|MIT Technology Innovator Under 35 Honor|
Research Laboratories & Centers
Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR)
Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT)
Communicative Practices in Virtual Workspaces Laboratory
Computer Supported Collaboration Laboratory (CSC Lab)
Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Laboratory (CHiLL Lab)
Data Ecologies Lab (deLAB)
Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation Laboratory (emCOMP)
Human-Centered Data Science Laboratory (HDS Lab)
Inclusive Design Lab
Laboratory for Human-Centered Engineering Education
Laboratory for Influence in SocioTechnical Systems (LISTS)
Prosocial Computing Laboratory
Tactile and Tactical Design Laboratory (TAT Lab)