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Human Centered Design & Engineering faculty and students are advancing the research and design of technologies by using innovative methods to study human activity and develop meaningful information and sociotechnical systems. Join us at the forefront of the field and help us design the future.

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HCDE's Fundraising Priorities

These priorities represent key areas where you can make a difference given the emerging needs of the department in the 2020-2021 academic year. For a full list of funds, including endowment established by individuals, visit Find Funds.

Human Centered Design & Engineering Fund for Excellence
Fostering excellence and vision for students, faculty, and curricular programs in HCDE.

Human Centered Design & Engineering Excellence through Diversity Fund
Enhancing diversity initiatives in HCDE with a focus on recruiting, mentoring, and partnership-building.

Kientz & Patel HCDE Student Emergency Support Fund
Support emergency financial aid to HCDE students who have applied for a need grant in HCDE.

Give to Honor Trailblazing HCDE Faculty

David Farkas Endowed Fund
Supporting undergraduate students with financial need in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.

Spyridakis Leadership Fund
Creating the next generation of leaders in HCDE by building industry connections, supporting mentoring programs, and fostering student and faculty leadership.

Judy Ramey Student Research Fund
Provides funding to assist students in research activities within the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE).

Mary B. Coney Endowed Fund
Supports activities of students in HCDE, including travel to conferences and international workshops.

Your gift to the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering through the University of Washington Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is tax deductible. The Foundation's Federal EIN is 94-3079432.

Are you an employee of Microsoft, Boeing, or Google? Expand your gift to HCDE with your employee matching gift programs.

More Giving Opportunities

Endowments and named opportunities beginning at $25,000. For more information about how you can support at this level or estate planning, please contact:

Zoë Bartholomew
Assistant Director, Advancement
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Support Spotlights

Here are examples of how UW HCDE alums and friends are giving back to support students and the next generation of design education.

Jill and Rod visiting the campus in 2018

Endowed Fellowship established by HCDE aluma Jill DeMarco

HCDE alumna Jill Demarco (MS TC ’96) and her husband, Rod Wentworth (DDS ’81), established an endowed fellowship in HCDE through their estate plans to provide financial support for HCDE undergraduate and graduate students. DeMarco wants future HCDE students to have the same good fortune she did when she went through the Technical Commination program.

Julie and Shwetak

HCDE Emergency Student Support Fund established by Prof. Julie Kientz

In recognition of the financial burden HCDE students face, HCDE Professor and Chair Julie Kientz and her husband, Professor Shwetak Patel, established an emergency student support fund to aid students facing near-term financial hardship. Kientz remembers her own moments of financial distress while in school and now wants to support students who may be in crisis situations .

HCDE's Giving Circles

2020 calendar year

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


Lifetime recognition of donors who have contributed estate gifts to HCDE:
Prof. Judith Ramey
Rod Wentworth & R. Jill DeMarco




Individuals who contributed more than $2,000 in 2020:

Ona Anicello & George Lamson III
Marcia & Richard Croft
Jess & Dawn Holbrook
Prof. Julie Kientz & Dr. Shwetak Patel
Sun & Susan Kim
Donna Sakson
Susan & Tandy Trower II


Individuals who contributed between $500 to $2,000 in 2020:

Erin Baker
Dale Callison
Monica Carstens & Kevin Anderson
Jacquelyn Shuler
Prof. Kate Starbird
Drs. Carolyn Wei & Joseph Tullio
Matthew Yang


Individuals who contributed up to $500 in 2020:

Jefferey Babauta
Cristina & Jerrold Bailet
Joanna Bailet
Annalise Beck
Michael & Sirina Berg
Jeffrey Bigham
Susan Brandt
Andrea Chin
Andrew Davidson & Prof. Linda Norlen
Apurva Dawale
Robin Donovan
Melissa Ewing
Eli Goldberg
Helen Grieve
Dian Hartono
Kaitlyn He
Karen Holum
Eileen Hsu
Joy & Michael Lashley
Nathan Learner
Christine Loucks-Jaret & Terrence Jaret
Jennifer Mazuca & Wendy Sloneker
Prof. David & Lisa McDonald
Divyanshu Mohan
Prof. Sean Munson
Theano Petersen
Leah Pistorius
Glenn & Aileen Pruiksma
Dr. Constance & The Honorable Norman Rice
Samuelle Saliba
Elaine Shelley
Kent Sullivan & Julie Solon
Tuyen Truong Leslye & Joe Zipperer


We are proud to collaborate with dynamic industry leaders. To learn more about the Corporate Affiliates Program or become a partner, contact us at

Alaska Airlines
Amazon Global Security Operations
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Blink Interactive, Inc.
Blue Origin
The Boeing Company
Cisco Systems
Dell EMC
Lucid Software
Mobility Innovation Center, UW
Premera Blue Cross
Sage Bionetworks
Seattle Children’s Hospital
UpTop Corp
Virginia Mason
The Walt Disney Company
Wikimedia Foundation