Mission, Facts, and Statistics

Putting people first, we research, design, and engineer interactions between humans and technology. Join us. Change the world.

Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) faculty and students are advancing the research and design of technologies by using innovative techniques to study human activity and develop meaningful information and sociotechnical systems.


HCDE is designing the future by:

  • Considering the role of technology in human activity.
  • Prioritizing the needs, desires, and behaviors of people and communities who interact through sociotechnical systems.
  • Addressing the specifics of design by working with interdisciplinary communities of researchers to build the technologies of tomorrow.

Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science provides students with user research and design skills, coupled with a solid foundation in math and science.

The Master of Science fosters and advances students' knowledge and skills in the design and evaluation of information products, technologies, and user interfaces.

The Doctor of Philosophy provides unparalleled depth and experience for students interested in studying the conception, design, implementation, usability, and evaluation of technologies for specific audiences or user groups.

The User-Centered Design certificate program provides students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues in usability and user-centered design.

Student Demographics

Undergraduate enrollment 221
Master's enrollment 194
Certificate enrollment 35
Doctor of Philosophy enrollment  39
Diversity of Degree Recipients BS MS PhD UCD
Women 66% 62% 59% 49%
Men 34% 38% 41% 51%
Underrepresented ethnic and racial minorities* 14% 10% 1% 1%
Asian Americans 30% 19% 1% 26%
Foreign Nationals 12% 25% 36% 0%
* African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander  

Data reported Autumn 2018.

See more about HCDE diversity initiatives »


24 active core teaching and research faculty
12 adjunct faculty
15 affiliate faculty

Selected Faculty Honors

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Research Laboratories & Centers

Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR)
Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT)
Communicative Practices in Virtual Workspaces Laboratory
Computer Supported Collaboration Laboratory (CSC Lab)
Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Laboratory (CHiLL Lab)
Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation Laboratory (emCOMP)
Human-Centered Data Science Laboratory (HDS Lab)
Internet-Based User Experience Laboratory (IBUXL)
Laboratory for Human-Centered Engineering Education (LHCEE)
Laboratory for Influence in SocioTechnical Systems (LISTS)
Prosocial Computing Laboratory
Tactile and Tactical Design Laboratory (TAT Lab)

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