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Sean A. Munson, PhD

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Associate Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering
University of Washington

Biography

Sean A. Munson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) and adjunct faculty in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. Working primarily on challenges of health, wellbeing, and exposure to diverse information, Munson designs and evaluates techniques for helping people make sense of data about themselves and the world around them. He focuses on the challenges of designing for collaboration and coordination, to bring together the different expertise necessary to understand and act on these data.

In addition to his research and teaching, Munson directs the HCDE PhD program, chairs the HCI+D Interdisciplinary Faculty Group, is a member of the DUB group, and is methods co-director for the UW ALACRITY Center. He received a National Science Foundation Early Career Award, a UW College of Engineering Teaching Award (2015) and a College of Engineering Junior Faculty Award (2017).

Munson received his PhD in 2012 at the University of Michigan's School of Information, where he studied the use of software to support positive behavior changes. He was an Intel PhD fellow.

Munson completed his BS in Engineering with a concentration in Systems Design at Olin College in 2006. At Olin, he was one of 30 students who spent a year developing the new college’s curriculum and student life programs before becoming part of the first-ever class. He has been a political blogger and, while working at Boeing, designed concepts for future passenger airplane interiors.

Education

PhD, School of Information, University of Michigan, 2012
BS, Engineering, Olin College, 2006