Events

Network Night

2019 NETWORK NIGHT

Sponsored by Boeing

Monday, February 4
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Networking 101: Design Your Pitch, hosted by CC@E
HUB 250

Capacity is limited; register early

Calling all HCDE students!

You are invited to join us for the 11th Annual HCDE Network Night, sponsored by Boeing. HCDE Network Night will feature the opportunity for current students to connect with departmental alumni and industry friends to discuss career paths and share tips for making a successful transition from UW to the working world.  

2019 MENTORS

Peter Abrahamsen
Self employed
MS, 2013

Sharla Akers
Program Manager at Microsoft
BS, 2016

Gary J. Anderson
Sr. Design Researcher at Microsoft
MS, 2016

Ona Anicello
UX Research Manager at Alaska Airlines 
MS & UCD Certificate, 2013

Mike Berg
Senior UX Researcher at Amazon
MS & UCD Certificate, 2009
Jonathan Bergeron
Senior Games User Researcher at Big Fish Games
MS + UCD Certificate, 2013

Ashish Chaudhary
UX interaction designer at GE Healthcare 
MS, 2018

Omeed Chandra
Senior UX Designer at GoDaddy
MS, 2014

Ryan Collier
Sr. Product Designer at Convoy
MS, 2009

Ignacio Contreras
UX Researcher at Facebook
MS, 2015

Ginger Corley
Sales Representative at Network Computing Architects
BS, 1980 

Carol Costantino
Sr Contracts Manager at Marriott International
MS, 2005

Allie Deford
UX Researcher II at User Research International 
MS, 2016

R. Jill DeMarco
Retired from Boeing
MS, 1996

Maureen Fallen (Molly)
UI Game Designer at SAIC - Big Timber Games
BS, 2017

Alex Fromm
Senior Design Manager at Microsoft
BS, 2012

Zach Goist
UX Researcher at Axon
MS & UCD Certificate, 2013

Muna Haddadin
Product Designer at BitTitan
MS, 2015

Amii LaPointe
Assistant Professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering 
BS, 2000

Derek Lee
Consultant at Deloitte Consulting
BS, 2016

Lea Lonnberg-Hickling
UX Designer at Accolade
MS, 2018

Fredrick Mertens
Senior Lean Performance Consultant at Boeing
BS, 1988

Breanne K Miller
Product Design Manager, Gaming at Facebook
MS, 2009

Matt Reynolds
Senior Product Designer at Uber
MS, 2017

Chris Rovillos
UX Designer at EnergySavvy
BS, 2014

Matt Shobe
MS, 2006

Carolin Spice
Senior Lecturer at UW
TC Certificate, 2000

Jihoon Suh
Product Designer at Facebook
MS, 2018

Nicole Tidwell
Business Intelligence Systems Analyst at Starbucks
BS, 2015

Brooks Tiffany
UX Researcher at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
MS, 2018

Brynn Tweeddale
Associate Designer & Developer at Formative
BS, 2018

Logan Wells
User Experience Researcher at Facebook
MS, 2013

Shufan Wen
UX Engineer at T-Mobile
MS, 2015

Lorie Whitaker
Lead Design Researcher at Rackspace
MS, 2008

Darwin Witt
UX Designer at Fluke Corporation
MS, 2014
 

Laura S. Wood
Member Communications Manager at BECU
UCD Certificate, 2012

Emmerline Wu
UX researcher at Starbucks
MS, 2016

Meredith Xie
Designer at Microsoft
BS, 2018

 

 

MENTOR BIOS

Peter Abrahamsen
Self employed
MS, 2013
LinkedIn

Sharla Akers
Program Manager at Microsoft
BS, 2016
LinkedIn

Sharla is a Program Manager at Microsoft, working on the Windows Developer Platform team. She is passionate about connecting with customers and being their advocate to build the right product for them. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, games, traveling, and trying new hobbies (currently crochet and cooking).

Gary J. Anderson
Sr. Design Researcher at Microsoft
MS, 2016
Website

Gary’s career in UX officially began in 2008 as an inaugural member of the newly formed UX team for SUPERVALU, Inc. More recently, he served as the lead UX Engineer at Costco Wholesale, and is now at Microsoft where he serves as a Sr. Design Researcher within Artificial Intelligence and Research's Shared Engineering Services Studios team. Throughout his years in this industry, Gary has had the opportunity to play many different roles (Designer, Researcher, UX Program Manager, Product Manager), and utilizes this broad UX experience to help others understand and execute user-centered design effectively. Gary has a passion for teaching and sharing the principles and philosophy of user-centered design, and he takes great pride in helping organizations and individuals realize the benefits of always putting the end user first. He views even the smallest improvements as important reminders that technology works for us - instead of the other way around.

Ona Anicello
UX Research Manager at Alaska Airlines 
MS & UCD Certificate, 2013
LinkedIn

For the last 17 years, Ona Anicello has worked in a variety of UX leadership and management roles; for such companies as, Alaska Airlines, Facebook, Microsoft, and JP Morgan Chase. She has an entrepreneurial spirit starting BEAN, an international social networking nonprofit. She is very involved in the UX community and driving the future of the UX discipline as President of UXPA Seattle and teaching in the HCDE Department at the University of Washington.

Mike Berg
Senior UX Researcher at Amazon
MS & UCD Certificate, 2009
LinkedIn

 

Jonathan Bergeron
Senior Games User Researcher at Big Fish Games
MS + UCD Certificate, 2013
LinkedIn

Jonathan is a user researcher with a wealth of experience in a variety of industries--ecommerce, media, games, mobile and streaming apps, and enterprise. He is driven by a passion for learning how people use technology. Empathy, understanding, being the voice of customer in the room--these are the elements of user research that drives him to keep doing what he does. He has a passion for games user research, new/emerging technologies, mixed reality, and gamification. In his spare time he enjoys working with students and sharing his love of UX with them, designing games, drawing, and learning more about human cognition.

Ashish Chaudhary
UX interaction designer at GE Healthcare 
MS, 2018
LinkedIn 

Appling a broad understanding of the product and user through experience in industrial design and UX, Ashish is currently exploring applications of human-centered design in shaping AI focused solutions to deliver healthcare of future.

Omeed Chandra
Senior UX Designer at GoDaddy
MS, 2014
LinkedIn 

After writing for two computer magazines and then working as an engineer at Microsoft, Omeed discovered that design was his true passion. He firmly believes that great UX can unlock technology's potential and help people achieve more in their lives. Omeed has worked on Microsoft's Publisher, Education, and OneNote teams (with a leading role in the 2017 redesign of OneNote), and currently works at GoDaddy designing experiences to help people pursue their small business dreams.

Ryan Collier
Sr. Product Designer at Convoy
MS, 2009
LinkedIn

Ryan has been doing human-centered design for 11-plus years. He is most interested and motivated by projects that attempt to make the world a better place in some small–or big!–way. He has worked on a variety of products and services in education, healthcare, government. Currently he's doing product design in transportation services with Convoy. I like to work as a generalist, and enjoy the challenge of learning quickly and diving deep into problems. Before getting into design, he worked on technology and media for people with disabilities.

Ignacio Contreras
UX Researcher at Facebook
MS, 2015
LinkedIn

At Facebook, Ignacio Contreras leads UX research for AR Platform, Marketplace Autos Vertical, and Ads teams to support design and engineering and inform the teams' product strategy.

Ginger Corley
Sales Representative at Network Computing Architects
BS, 1980 
LinkedIn

After graduating from the Technical Communications program in 1980, Ginger started her career as a tech writing at various companies. She found herself shifting into the Marketing Communications side while working on an MBA at night school. Later she joined two others in a software start-up that used Fluke equipment as part of a shop floor control system. She now works as an agent sales representative for Network Computing Architects, one of the leading network integration companies in the Northwest.

Carol Costantino
Sr Contracts Manager at Marriott International
MS, 2005
LinkedIn 

For the past 9 years Carol has negotiated global technology contracts for Marriott. Most recently she worked on the contracts for the housekeeper panic button device and seen first hand the absolute necessity for HCDE input into the design and use of such a  critical product. She graduated from The University of Maryland with a BS in Information Systems and worked at IBM for 9 years. I’ve been at Marriott for the past 20 years in various technical and management positions.  

Allie Deford
UX Researcher II at User Research International 
MS, 2016
LinkedIn

Allie Deford is a user researcher at User Research International (URI), a very creatively named user research consultancy. She graduated from the University of Evansville in 2014 with a BS in Computer Science. After some experience as a developer, she learned that developers won’t willingly talk to those using their products, so she decided to get a master’s degree to learn how to talk to users for them.
She then attended the University of Washington and earned her MS in HCDE During this time she worked with the City of Seattle to create an app to help those with mobility impairments navigate the city. In the second year of her program, she started working at URI, taking on a variety of research projects for major tech companies and has worked there ever since.

R. Jill DeMarco
Retired from Boeing
MS, 1996
LinkedIn

 

Maureen Fallen (Molly)
UI Game Designer at SAIC - Big Timber Games
BS, 2017
Website

Maureen works on designing UI for military training video games. She works with VR in Unity and she loves solving the UX problems in such a new and growing field.

 

Alex Fromm
Senior Design Manager at Microsoft
BS, 2012
LinkedIn

Alex Fromm is a Senior Design manager at Microsoft focusing on problems in the ever changing Enterprise space. Currently his team is focusing on the future of enterprise management within the Security + Compliance world. He loves working with diverse, collaborative teams to solve tough challenges while always keeping the customer at the center of his work. Outside of work he loves to stay active, hang out with his wife Megan and golden retriever Bailey, and enjoy the wonder of the Pacific Northwest.

Zach Goist
UX Researcher at Axon
MS & UCD Certificate, 2013
LinkedIn

With a career spanning research, design, marketing, and customer service, Zach currently works on the forefront of public safety technology as a UX Researcher at Axon. He is passionate about taking a systematic approach to understanding customer needs and loves to geek-out over survey design, information architecture, and mixed methods research.

 

Muna Haddadin
Product Designer at BitTitan
MS, 2015
LinkedIn 
Muna loves to conceptualize, design and help create user-friendly products that are aesthetically pleasing. Her background is in print design and she has done studio and magazine design work as well as freelance. 

 

Amii LaPointe
Assistant Professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)
BS, 2000
LinkedIn 
Amii LaPointe is an Assistant Professor (adjunct) of UX at MSOE and chair of their Industry Advisory Committee. In these roles, Amii teaches classes, develops curriculum, and works to build relationships with the local, national, and international UX communities. Prior to MSOE, Amii was the Director of UX at Northwestern Mutual (NM) Throughout her time at NM, Amii worked as a Digital Workplace (intranet) Manager, User Experience Researcher, and User Interface Designer. Before NM, she worked at a multimedia consulting firm as a lead Web developer and at dot com company as a human-centered designer.

Derek Lee
Consultant at Deloitte Consulting
BS, 2016
LinkedIn

Derek is a consultant at Deloitte, specializing in digital transformations for clients in the retail industry. He studied HCDE and Business and graduated with a BS and BA in 2016.

 

Lea Lonnberg-Hickling
UX Designer at Accolade
MS, 2018
LinkedIn

Leah is a lead mobile UX Designer of Accolade's consumer-facing healthcare app, which released to the app stores May 2017.

 

Fredrick Mertens
Senior Lean Performance Consultant at Boeing Electrical Systems Responsibility Center
BS, 1988

Performance Consultant Transforming a production organization of 2,200 team members working with all levels on both strategy and tactics to stabilize, standardize, and improve the business efficiency and level of empowerment of each individual.

Breanne K Miller
Product Design Manager, Gaming at Facebook
MS, 2009
LinkedIn

Bre Miller is a Product Design Manager and 12+ year gaming industry veteran who partners with engineers, data scientists, user researchers, and program managers to build large-scale gaming community platforms. Currently at Facebook, Bre built and now leads the product design team for Facebook Gaming. The team develops products that strengthen relationships to create a more positive community for gamers, live game streamers, and game publishers. Previously, Bre spent 6+ years as a designer, senior designer, and design lead at Blizzard Entertainment working on the Battle.net platform, serving 40+ million active users. Prior to Blizzard, she was one of Wizards of the Coast's first user experience designers, focusing on community platforms for Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering.
 

Matt Reynolds
Senior Product Designer at Uber
MS, 2017
LinkedIn

Chris Rovillos
UX Designer at EnergySavvy
BS, 2014
LinkedIn

Chris Rovillos is currently the lead UX designer at EnergySavvy, a fast-paced agile startup focusing on transforming the utility customer experience with modern utility personalization, automation, and engagement. He graduated from the University of Washington in June 2014 with degrees in HCDE and Computer Science, specializing in HCI.
 

Matt Shobe
MS, 2006
Website

Matt Shobe is currently on his way into his next startup, but he most recently co-founded and served as Chief UX Officer at Mighty AI. Mighty AI provides structured human insights that companies need to apply their artificial intelligence and machine learning models, including autonomous driving solutions. Matt’s technology startup goes back over 20 years. Matt worked with three other co-founders on three Chicago startups—FeedBurner (acquired by Google 2007), Spyonit, and DKA—and learned the ground rules in user experience research roles with Accenture and Microsoft. He holds an MS in HCDE and a BA in Professional Writing from Purdue University. Matt is an avid distance runner, private pilot, and downhill skier, although no such triathlon exists (yet).

Carolin Spice
Senior Lecturer at UW
TC Certificate, 2000
LinkedIn

Carolin is an experienced healthcare quality and analytics professional whose career spans the domains of public health research, inpatient care, integrated delivery systems, and ambulatory safety net Community Health Centers. She has guided multiple healthcare organizations in transforming their care delivery and analytics capabilities in order to achieve the triple aim of healthcare: improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care.

Jihoon Suh
Product Designer at Facebook
MS, 2018
Website

 

Nicole Tidwell
Business Intelligence Systems Analyst at Starbucks
BS, 2015
LinkedIn

Nicole joined the Business Intelligence department at Starbucks Headquarters right after graduating from HCDE. She is able to apply her UX design experience gained through HCDE to the world of data. She is passionate about uncovering insights through data visualization and human-centered design. She plans to go back to school for an MBA so she can combine her UX background, data skills, and gain leadership skills in order to go into product management and higher leadership positions in tech.

Brooks Tiffany
UX Researcher at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
MS, 2018
LinkedIn

Brooks is a UX Researcher at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute where he applies human-centered design methods to several different projects, often with an mHealth focus. The projects he works on address a wide range of health related issues such as smoking cessation, opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder, and much more. In addition to his project work, Brooks likes to help his fellow Kaiser Permanente colleagues learn more about human-centered design through interest groups, presentations, and workshops.
 

Brynn Tweeddale
Associate Designer & Developer at Formative
BS, 2018
LinkedIn

Designer, photographer, dancer, and puppy mama (though she still identifies as a cat person), Brynn recently graduated from the University of Washington with two degrees—one in Human Centered Design & Engineering and one in Journalism. She spends half her time in front of a screen trying to make the world a better place through interactive design, and the other half is spent traveling and photographing the world with insatiable curiosity, teaching her puppy new tricks, and discovering new restaurants.

Logan Wells
User Experience Researcher at Facebook
MS, 2013
LinkedIn

Logan is a UX Researcher with over six years of industry experience researching third-party B2C platforms, video games, virtual/augmented reality, content-sharing websites, graphical editing software, and mobile apps. He has worked across a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to generate robust user insights, guide product and executive decisions, and bring the user’s voice to the discussion of design.

Shufan Wen
UX Engineer at T-Mobile
MS, 2015
LinkedIn

Shuafan Wen is a UX researcher and interaction designer who is devoted to get frustration out of users and bring delight to them.

 

Lorie Whitaker
Lead Design Researcher at Rackspace
MS, 2008
LinkedIn

Lorie Whitaker has over 10 years of UX research experience. She’s researched all sorts of people from all around the world, from banking and ecommerce, to enterprise software. She really enjoys research and finds it easier than teaching children, which she did in a former life. She can make users of all types feel at ease, which helps them to communicate their thoughts about a product or experience. She forms great working relationships with a vast array of stakeholders, from product management to design to backend and FED. She’s familiar with Agile and serves as her team’s Scrum Master. In her off time, she loves to travel, knit, and play with her cat, Fergus. She also runs a yarn dyeing business.

Darwin Witt
UX Designer at Fluke Corporation
MS, 2014
LinkedIn

Darwin is a member of a team of UX Designers and User Researchers designing the future of Fluke Test & Measurement Devices and Software. He mentors design interns for the team and facilitates collaborative cross-disciplinary design workshops to teach the value of UX to management and other team members.

Laura S. Wood
Member Communications Manager at BECU
UCD Certificate, 2012
LinkedIn

Laura supports all areas of the credit union for direct-to-member communications across channels.

Emmerline Wu
UX researcher at Starbucks
MS, 2016
LinkedIn

Emmerline Wu currently works at Starbucks as a UX researcher focusing on the customer facing app and website. Previously she worked at Microsoft and UpTop as a UX research consultant. She can give guidance on how to get your start as a UX researcher, how to survive life after graduation, how to evangelize UX research within your team, and how to do accessibility UX research.

Meredith Xie
Designer at Microsoft
BS, 2018
LinkedIn

Meredith graduated HCDE BS on 2018. She interned at Google as ux designer during her study and joined Microsoft after graduating.