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Sarah Coppola

Sarah Coppola

Assistant Teaching Professor
Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE)

  •  323C Sieg Building


Sarah Coppola is an Assistant Teaching Professor the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. Dr. Coppola is an educator and researcher whose work focuses on how technology and systems design affects people’s performance and health.

Coppola's research explores bias in technology and how to measure and quantify its impact. She has studied sex/gender differences caused by interface designs to better understand why women have clinically higher rates of technology-related musculoskeletal injury and pain. Her more recent work examines how healthcare sociotechnical systems contribute to human error. She has taught a variety of interdisciplinary courses, including human factors in design.

Coppola joined the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering as an assistant teaching professor in September 2020. Before that, she was a postdoctoral fellow in Human Factors Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


ScD, Ergonomics/ Environmental Health, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
MS, Human Factors Engineering, Tufts University
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University