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MS Ambassadors

The Human Centered Design & Engineering Master's Ambassador program enables prospective students to learn from the experiences of current HCDE Master's students.

The MS Ambassadors are not accepting meeting requests. We will open the scheduling form again as they begin taking meeting requests.

2023-2024 Graduate Ambassadors

Crys Sahae

Hi, I'm Crys. I am currently a full-time MS HCDE student expecting to graduate in Spring 2024. I came to UW straight out of my undergraduate program at Georgia State University where I studied computer information systems, focusing on data analytics and minoring in psychology research. My passion is research, specifically mixed methods, in the HCDE program I've had the opportunity to sharpen my skills in both qualitative and quantitative research and using both on projects and in a directed research group. I am happy to chat with you about research and finding a bridge between the different research approaches, moving across the country and attending the HCDE program full time while having a school-aged child and a partner, being a member of the LGBTQ+ community at UW, or the great darkness and the Seattle freeze, or anything in between.

Abhinav Sunil

Hello! I'm Abhinav, but you can call me Abhi. I'm currently an User Experience Design intern at King County Metro, deepening my understanding of user-centered design practices. Concurrently, I'm pursuing my MS in HCDE and anticipate graduating in spring 2024. My foundation in architecture, with a master's from the University of Calgary and a bachelor's from the University of Mumbai, has given me a unique lens to approach design challenges. I'm a licensed architect in both Canada and India.

James Kim

Hello! I'm Jim and I'm a 2nd-year part-time student in the HCDE MS program. I graduated with a BS in Digital Media from NYU and worked in New York City as a front-end engineer/designer. Currently I'm a product designer at DoorDash working full-time while attending UW. If you have any questions about work-life balance as a full-time worker, experience with moving to Washington, or just want to chat about any questions you have, feel free to reach out.

Flynn Robinson

Hiya - my name is Flynn! I’m an agender first year full time masters student here in the HCDE program at The UW! I originally studied geography back east at WVU for my bachelor’s degree, where I got experience in social science research and creating some unique interactions through different VR spaces in geographical contexts. After graduating, I learned more about UX & interaction design through online workshops and structured courses, and eventually my hunger to become a better designer led me to join the HCDE program! My professional focus is mostly in the user research and interaction side of things, especially in newer or developing/
advanced technology spaces. Some of my favorite design topics are centered around
designing around the constraints present in virtual reality, and especially the robotics field! Feel free to reach out if you have questions about the program, being LGBT+ in Seattle, want to talk about robots, or otherwise!

Courtenay Hendricks

Hello, I’m Courtenay! I’m an English and French-speaking PM, UX researcher, and content strategist with a diverse business and technology consulting background. I started my HCDE journey in the UCD Certificate Program and later became an MS student. My experience spans human centered research and design, medical human factors, international project management, digital marketing, and language services such as localization, writing, and editing. I work full-time while attending the MS program part-time and have taken a wide variety of HCDE courses. I’m happy to answer any questions you have and share my perspective anytime.