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2021 Designing Up


Designing Up 2021


Volume 8 | 2021

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2021 Message from the Chair

Welcome to our annual Designing Up publication, where we highlight activities and accomplishments of students, alumni, faculty, and researchers from the University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.

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Building trustworthy systems

In HCDE's course on designing trustworthy systems, a team of master's students explored a multicultural education strategy for combating misinformation.

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Through visual storytelling, UW students explore more-than-human concepts, human relationships with other species and the natural world, and future scenarios of collaborative survival.

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Student and faculty news highlights


Recent initiatives, awards, and accolades from HCDE students, faculty, and alumni.

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Welcome new faculty


HCDE welcomes Drs. Sucheta Ghoshal and Sarah Coppola to the department faculty.

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Remote makers


HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek developed a new digital fabrication curriculum to help students master computer-aided design and 3D printing skills from home

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Building belonging


HCDE launches new initiatives supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the department.

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The connective power of gaming


With support from Microsoft's gaming division at Xbox, HCDE faculty and students are studying how people connect, form relationships, and bridge divides through gaming.

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HCDE Emergency Student Support Fund


HCDE is seeking gifts for a new emergency fund to support students facing urgent financial hardship.

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HCDE supporters


HCDE thanks individuals and corporations for their financial support of departmental scholarships and student opportunities in the 2020 calendar year.

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The impact of a scholarship


Two HCDE graduates describe how alumni-created scholarships helped support them while in school.

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Pandemic-responsive research


In the wake of dramatic shifts to everyday life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, five projects led by HCDE researchers received rapid-response research grants from the National Science Foundation to study impacts of the pandemic and to develop resilient strategies for going forward.

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HCDE students work with WA Department of Health to study COVID–19 exposure notification app


In HCDE's course on usability studies, a student team led a study of Washington State residents to understand reactions to and experiences with the Washington State Exposure Notifications Tool.

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Streaming from home


The HCDE Graduate Student Association found inspiration from gaming streamers and hosted a series of "AMA" streams with HCDE faculty during the remote year.

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