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Current Students

Chair’s Student Advisory Board

The HCDE Chair’s Student Advisory Board provides feedback to HCDE department leadership on issues affecting students and provides input on strategic decisions. The board meets 1-2 times per quarter with the Department Chair and Associate Chairs.

Student Advisory Board Members

2021 – 2022 academic year

Jessica DoumaJessica Douma
HCDE master's student

Jessica is a second year part-time master's student in the HCDE program. She has a bachelor's degree in computer science from UCLA, where she discovered her passion for the intersection of technology and design. After graduating from UCLA, she joined Microsoft as a full-time engineer where she works on the Windows + Devices team, partnering with design to deliver core navigation and multitasking experiences in the Windows operating systems. This will be her second year serving on the advisory board and she is committed to advocating for her peers, providing transparency with program directors, and remaining actively involved in making our program as successful and inclusive as possible.

placeholder imageAndrew Doty
HCDE undergraduate student

Hey everyone! I'm Doty, a sophomore in HCDE. I like to play tennis in my free time and get boba with friends. I'm not certain what I want to focus on yet, but am excited to explore all the different fields. 

Sourojit GhoshSourojit Ghosh (G)
HCDE PhD student

Hi! My name is Sourojit Ghosh, though I do also go by G. I'm a first year PhD student in HCDE under the mentorship of Dr. Cecilia Aragon. I'm interested in applying Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning as tools to adopt human-centered approaches to real-world problems. Outside of HCDE, I am an avid writer and public speaker, and also play soccer! 

JacquelinJacquelin Higgins
HCDE master's student

Hello! I am Jacquelin, a part-time, first year MS student and former UCD student. I have a MS in Mental Health Counseling and practiced as a counselor for 4 years. My tenure as a counselor solidified my person-centered mindset, and I am a passionate and constant advocate for all people. I love discovering new information, thinking outside the box, and designing digital experiences for all. Outside of UX, I enjoy gardening, reading good books, and getting out into nature. Feel free to reach out for a Zoom chat or a cup of coffee.

Placeholder imageJosephine (Joey) Hoy
HCDE PhD student

Vijayalaxmi MPVijayalaxmi MP
HCDE master's student

I am a Master's student at HCDE, representing the student realm to the department administration. Passionate about creating art & playing with colors. Trying to make the world a better place to be by painting one wall at a time.

placeholder imageCynthia Zhang
HCDE undergraduate student