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External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board advises the Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Chair and assists HCDE faculty regarding program promotion, curriculum innovation, job placement, and evaluation.

Board Members

Tamara AdlinTamara Adlin 

President, Adlin inc.

Tamara Adlin is the president of Adlin, inc., a customer experience strategy company in Seattle. She has worked with companies from Apple to Zillow and many in between, including big redesigns for Brooks Brothers and the UN’s World Intellectual Property Organization, and helping to launch Poppin,, and Brickworks. She started adlin, inc., to help solve the real problems companies face when they try to create products people love—especially startups and ecommerce companies. Her focus is on...focus! She believes that teams who can develop and stick with a crystal-clear focus on their users are in the best position to create really great products and meet their business objectives. She co-authored The Persona Lifecycle: Keeping People in Mind Throughout Product Design with Microsoftie John Pruitt, and The Essential Persona Lifecycle, published in May 2010. Previously,  Tamara was a Customer Experience Specialist at Before that she led user experience work at a series of startups. She has a Master’s Degree in Technical Communication from UW, and has always been fascinated with the problem of getting lots of people from different teams to communicate and work well together.

Mike AltmanMike Altman

Senior Interaction Designer, Google

Mike Altman is a designer and recovering developer currently working at Google. He has worked at Amazon, Thomson Reuters, Bose,, several agencies around the Boston area, and started 4 companies—always holding two jobs at a time.

Mike helped develop the current class curriculum for HCDE 536, Interaction Design and Prototyping, course (HCDE 536) and teaches it twice a year. He has taught HCDE 518, User-Centered Design, and has been an advisor for student capstone projects.

Mike spends his free time mentoring HCDE students, volunteering with youth in outdoor leadership training, and not looking at screens. He designs and teaches people to design.

Suzanne BoydSuzanne Boyd

Founder & Principal Consultant, Anthro-Tech Inc.

Suzanne Boyd is Founder & Principal Consultant of Anthro-Tech, Inc.—a user-centered design consultancy focused on government agencies, nonprofits and organizations with a social-impact mission. Anthro-Tech is one of the leading user experience firms in the Northwest. Much of their work focuses on websites, web applications, software systems and internet business strategy.

In addition to her considerable experience helping dozens of state and federal agencies with e-government strategy and initiatives she has also had the opportunity to work with a number of other exciting organizations to transform how they engage their audiences. From the largest private foundation in the world to a small group of developers working to create a cutting-edge application, Suzanne and her team get to collaborate with great clients on interesting projects.

Suzanne Boyd teaches at the University of Washington as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering. Suzanne has a keen interest in connecting the academic world with industry practitioners in the UX community.

Cababa  headshotSheryl Cababa

VP, Strategy, Substantial

Sheryl works as Vice President of Strategy at Substantial, a design and technology consultancy in Seattle. With a background in design research and strategy, she drives a human-centered design practice that is focused on systems thinking and evidence-based design, working on everything from robotic surgery design solutions to tackling youth homelessness through service design. She has worked with a diverse base of clients including the Gates Foundation, Microsoft, IHME, and IKEA. Previously, she worked at companies such as frog, Adaptive Path, and Philips, conducting qualitative design research and leading user experience design projects. She holds a B.A. in journalism and political science from Syracuse University.

Sheryl is an international speaker and workshop facilitator. She has also taught courses at School of Visual Concepts and in the HCDE program. She's a board member of Design in Public. 

headshotTracy Johnson

Senior Program Officer, User Experience & Innovation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Tracy Johnson is a senior program officer focused on user experience and innovation for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Delivery Programs. Her current work focuses on creating a strategy for applying human-centered design across the foundation’s portfolio of grants, as well as building capacity in this area. Johnson received her Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from Columbia University.

headshotJames Landay

Professor, School of Engineering, Stanford University

James Landay is a Professor of Computer Science and the Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University. He specializes in human-computer interaction. He is the founder and co-director of the World Lab, a joint research and educational effort with Tsinghua University in Beijing. He is also the co-founder and Associate Director of the Stanford Institute for Human-centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI). Previously, Landay was a Professor of Information Science at Cornell Tech in New York City and prior to that he was a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. From 2003 through 2006 he was the Laboratory Director of Intel Labs Seattle, a university affiliated research lab that explored the new usage models, applications, and technology for ubiquitous computing. He was also the chief scientist and co-founder of NetRaker, which was acquired by KeyNote Systems in 2004. From 1997 through 2003 he was a professor in EECS at UC Berkeley. Landay received his BS in EECS from UC Berkeley in 1990, and MS and PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993 and 1996, respectively. His PhD dissertation was the first to demonstrate the use of sketching in user interface design tools. He was named to the ACM SIGCHI Academy in 2011 and as an ACM Fellow in 2017. He formerly served on the NSF CISE Advisory Committee.

Jerrod LarsonJerrod Larson

Sr. Manager, UX Design & Research, Google

Jerrod Larson is a User Experience Manager at Google. Prior to Google, Jerrod held various design/research leadership roles at Alaska Airlines, Amazon, and Boeing. Jerrod holds a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, and has written extensively on UX-related matters. View Jerrod's portfolio online at

David RedmilesDavid Redmiles

Professor, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine 

Dr. David Redmiles is a Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS). He is also a member of the Institute for Software Research (ISR) at UCI and serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in ICS. He is the author of nearly 200 research publications integrating the areas of software engineering, human-computer interaction, and computer-supported cooperative work. His current research focuses on distributed and collaborative software engineering, especially the aspects of awareness and trust among collaborators. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society. He was designated an ACM Distinguished Scientist in 2011 and a Fellow of Automated Software Engineering in 2009. From 2004 to 2011, he chaired the Department of Informatics at UCI. He was General Chair of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Global Software Engineering (ICGSE),  Papers Co-Chair of the 2013 International Conference on End User Development (IS-EUD), General Chair of the 2005 IEEE/ACM Conference on Automated Software Engineering.

Matt ShobeMatt Shobe

Rogue Leader, Rebellion Defense

Matt was a co-founder of FeedBurner and led user experience design efforts with this popular service for blog publishers, podcasters, and commercial producers of syndicated content. (He also designed the logo and was entrusted to order pad thai in bulk for all board meetings.) Prior to the feeds, Matt worked with the same three other co-founders on two startups (Spyonit and DKA) and learned the ground rules in user experience roles with Accenture and Microsoft, and in graduate school at UW's Human Centered Design & Engineering department. Matt was the Chief Design Officer at Seattle start-up and is an avid distance runner, private pilot, and skier, although no such triathlon exists (yet). He was the founder of HCDE's Shobe Prize for Aspiring Entrepreneurs.

Kent SullivanKent Sullivan

Design Researcher, Principal, Be Curious With Us

Kent Sullivan is a UX researcher by trade and a Principal in the consulting firm Be Curious With Us. Previously, Kent was at Microsoft for just over 28 years, splitting his time between doing UX research, managing UX research teams, and developing UX best practices for cross-company use. Kent was the recipient of the Myron L. White award in 2009.

Kent believes strongly that integrating insights extracted from diverse data sources (design research, market research, telemetry, social networking, etc.) greatly increases the chances of those insights being breakthrough in nature. Kent has spent years fostering deep collaboration among team members and recognizes how hard it is to achieve this in a high-pressure corporate environment.

During his long tenure at Microsoft, it was Kent’s pleasure to work on a wide variety of products, especially Windows 95, where he led the exploratory user research that produced the Start Menu and Task Bar, as well as the iterative research that helped nail down the details. Kent spent ten years teaching and mentoring UX professionals inside of Microsoft. He then built and ran the user research team for Power BI. Since leaving Microsoft, Kent has been helping teams and organizations become more customer-focused.

Jessica TownsendJessica Townsend

Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Olin College

Dr. Jessica Townsend is a Professor of Engineering and the Interim Academic Vice President for External Engagement at Olin College. Since joining the Olin College faculty in 2004, Dr. Townsend has worked as a facilitator and consultant with universities and professional organizations looking to improve engineering student engagement. She currently oversees institutional-level strategy for Olin’s external educational change mission and has contributed to the development of innovative pedagogies, courses, and curricula at Olin College. Her technical area of interest is experimental thermal-fluids and she worked for many years on the development and characterization of nanofluids (colloidal suspensions of nanoparticles), mainly for thermal management applications. Dr. Townsend has industry experience in both air-breathing propulsion, as a gas turbine performance engineer at Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems, and in rocket propulsion, as a visiting engineer at Blue Origin, a commercial spaceflight company based in Seattle, WA.

Carolyn WeiCarolyn Wei

UX Research Lead at Facebook

Carolyn Wei is a user experience research lead at Facebook. She has previously worked as a user experience researcher for Microsoft and Google. She studies consumers and enterprise users in the lab and in the wild. Carolyn received a PhD from Human Centered Design and Engineering (then known as Technical Communication) at the University of Washington in 2007, where she studied technology use in digitally emergent settings.