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Friday, December 6, 2019 

Emeritus Professor Judy Ramey visits HCDE alumni at Indeed

HCDE Emeritus Professor Judy Ramey recently visited several alumni working at Seattle's Indeed office, and nearby at Zillow. Over lunch, Professor Ramey discussed the history of the department, and everyone shared their experiences that highlight the department's evolution.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019 

HCDE Alumni Q&A: Hannah Nursalim (MS '19)

"There was always a learning opportunity from peers in each class I took," writes Hannah Nursalim (MS '19). "It truly is a collaborative program, and I enjoyed supporting others and receiving support." Read more about Hannah's experience in the HCDE master's program in a new alumni Q&A.


Thursday, June 20, 2019 

STEM networks aim to diversify tech fields

HCDE alumna Tsewone Melaku (BS '18), now a consulting analyst at Accenture, talks with The Seattle Globalist about hurdles she faced in pursuing Engineering, and how she's helping to remove barriers for the next generation of STEM professionals.


Wednesday, December 19, 2018 

Engineering a helpful future

Samantha Gil Vargas (BS '18) knew she wanted to help others. At the UW she learned that helping begins with listening.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018 

2018 HCDE Career Fair recap

The Human Centered Design & Engineering 2018 Career Fair, held Nov. 1, 2018, was the department's largest to date welcoming 23 employers and nearly 500 students. The 2018 event saw record number of HCDE alumni representing their employers to recruit current students.


Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Video: HCDE alumnus Alex Thayer presents at DUB Seminar

Human Centered Design & Engineering three-time alumnus Alex Thayer (PhD, '12; MS, '04; BS '00), Chief Experience Architect and Director of the Immersive Experiences Lab at HP, returned to campus in October 2018 to deliver a talk for the UW DUB community.


Monday, May 15, 2017 

VR Software Developed by Alumnus Mark Laughery to Partner with Childrens Hospital

Pear Med, the startup co-founded by HCDE alumnus Mark Laughery (MS, 2016), will partner with Seattle Children's Hospital to develop their virtual reality software for clinical use. Pear Med's technology compiles medical scans into an interactive 3D model, and can help doctors communicate with their patients and surgeons prepare for complex procedures.


Monday, April 3, 2017 

HCDE alumnus startup featured on King 5 News

HCDE alumnus Mark Laughery works at the University of Washington's CoMotion Labs for Pear Med, a virtual reality healthcare startup for doctor and patient education that he co-founded. Watch a video of Laughery and the Pear Med team by King 5 News.


Friday, October 28, 2016 

Autumn 2016 Mentor Night

Current and former students from the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering connected at HCDE's annual Mentor Night, sponsored by Boeing, on October 25, 2016. This year's event introduced students to alumni who work at companies such as Amazon, Blink UX, Boeing, Disney, Vertafore, West Monroe Partners, and more.


Friday, October 21, 2016 

HCDE Bay Area Alumni Mixer

On October 17, 2016, the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering hosted its inaugural networking event for department graduates living in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016 

Participatory design mobile research space

Looking at the challenge of housing, homelessness and artist displacement, HCDE alumnus Justin Hamacher and a multidisciplinary group of UW students are using participatory design to empower community members in civic discussions.


Friday, March 25, 2016 

HCDE alumna Bojana Ostojic in article on women in tech

Human Centered Design & Engineering alumna Bojana Ostojic (MS, 1998) is featured in a recent GeekWire article about eight women who earned computer science degrees in the 1990's—and what their lives have looked like since.


Thursday, March 3, 2016 

HCDE UX careers panel

On February 19, HCDE welcomed six alumni with careers in user research, design, and leadership for a panel discussion and Q&A about UX career paths. Panel moderator Rebecca Destello shares her takeaways from the evening with us here.


Friday, August 14, 2015 

Alumni Profile: Emma Rose (MS 2002; PhD 2011)

Dr. Emma Rose (MS 2002, PhD 2011) credits the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering with giving her the connections to design for social good.


Sunday, June 14, 2015 

Alumni Profile: Brian Espinosa (BS 2012; MS 2014)

Alumnus Brian Espinosa describes what attracted him to Human Centered Design & Engineering, and how his current position at HTC lets him stay involved with the department.