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Autumn 2023 Course Showcases

Fri, 12/01/2023

Autumn 2023 Course Showcases

Each quarter, select HCDE courses host end-of-quarter events to showcase student work. These events are your opportunity to preview different HCDE classes and view the variety of topics students are exploring. View our schedule of Autumn 2023 Course Showcases here.

This image compares 16 images generated by Stable Diffusion. In the lower right quadrant, images generated to represent “a person from Papua New Guinea” show four dark-skinned people, while the other 12 images, representing people from Oceania, Australia and New Zealand show only light-skinned people.

Tue, 11/28/2023

AI image generator Stable Diffusion perpetuates racial and gendered stereotypes, study finds

UW researchers, including HCDE PhD Candidate Sourojit Ghosh, found that when prompted to create pictures of “a person,” the AI image generator over-represented light-skinned men, sexualized images of certain women of color and failed to equitably represent Indigenous peoples.

Katya Cherukumilli with leafy green trees in background

Thu, 10/12/2023

Welcoming Katya Cherukumilli to the HCDE faculty

Dr. Katya Cherukumilli, assistant professor in HCDE, brings a background in interdisciplinary research that combines methods in human-centered design, environmental engineering, and public health to advance equitable access to safe drinking water.

The Block Island Wind Farm

Mon, 10/09/2023

HCDE Research Scientist Shana Hirsch is UW lead on study of community perceptions of offshore wind energy

Dr. Shana Lee Hirsch, senior research scientist in HCDE and co-director of the Pacific Marine Energy Center, is the UW lead on a new grant to study the needs and opinions of coastal communities regarding potential offshore wind energy development.

Professor Atman presenting with her slideshow visible behind her

Thu, 09/07/2023

Good Designers do X: Professor Atman's gives keynote at Transdisciplinary Engineering conference

In a keynote presentation delivered at the International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering, HCDE Professor Cynthia Atman overviews her decades of research exploring how engineering students and experts engage in design, and how her findings can be useful for teaching design to engineers.

Drs. Shaw & Starbird sit across from each other at a table during the Public Health Connects presentation

Tue, 08/01/2023

Video: HCDE Professor Kate Starbird with WA Secretary of Health

HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird spoke with Dr. Umair A. Shah, Washington State Secretary of Health, for the Public Health Connects Speaker Series. In the 30-minute conversation, Starbird and Shah discussed the landscape of misinformation, disinformation, and rumoring on social media, and its impacts on public health. 

Jay Cunningham

Fri, 07/28/2023

PhD Student Jay Cunningham receives UW Bonderman Travel Fellowship

HCDE PhD Candidate Jay Cunningham has been named a 2023 University of Washington Bonderman Fellow. With support from this travel fellowship, Cunningham hopes to reconnect with his ancestral roots; explore vibrant cities, communities, and landscapes; and gain a deeper understanding of Black diasporic history and culture extending from West Africa to the Americas.


Four students around a table in Sieg Student Lounge. Students are writing on the whiteboard table and all looking at an ipad interface

Wed, 07/19/2023

Ways to work with HCDE students this school year

HCDE welcomes alumni and industry professionals to collaborate with current students this upcoming school year. From sponsoring class projects to sharing your experience through lectures or mentoring, find opportunities for engagement at the individual and company level here.

Headshots of three alumni

Mon, 07/17/2023 | UW Engineering

Women engineers rise

Since the 1980s, WE Rise has been dedicated to sharing the experiences of women in engineering. Open to all students, the program offers mentorship opportunities, advising and tutoring, leadership development and community building. Read how WE Rise impacted the careers of three UW alumni, including HCDE BS alumna and current PhD student Yuliana Flores.

Jay Cunningham

Mon, 07/03/2023

PhD Student Jay Cunningham named Just Tech Fellow

HCDE PhD Candidate Jay Cunningham has received a Just Tech Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to support his work developing a Black community-led research organization that equips communities with the knowledge, tools, and support to challenge racist assumptions in AI systems and the flawed data sets behind them.

Sean Munson

Sun, 07/02/2023

UW ALACRITY Center receives renewal investment from National Institute of Mental Health

The UW’s ALACRITY center, co-directed by HCDE Professor Sean Munson, aims to create innovative strategies for behavioral treatment for mental health problems. With support from a new five-year, nearly $11 million investment from the National Institute of Mental Health, Munson and his collaborators across campus are working to address critical issues in implementing psychosocial treatment in healthcare settings accessible to underserved communities.

Close up of a doctor's hands holding a phone. The doctor is wearing a white coat and a stethoscope around their neck

Mon, 06/26/2023 | Designing Up

Developing patient-centered approaches for TB & HIV prevention and treatment management

Through a multi-year involvement with a Directed Research Group, HCDE senior Alfie Aguilar Vidrio has worked to develop innovative patient-centered approaches for tuberculosis and HIV prevention and treatment management.

Professor Julie Kientz speaks from the podium in front of nearly 1,000 attendees at the 2023 HCDE graduation ceremony

Fri, 06/23/2023

2023 Graduation & Awards Ceremony

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering held its 2023 Graduation & Awards Ceremony on the morning of Friday, June 9, in the Husky Union Building Ballroom. In 2023, the Department awarded 86 students Bachelor of Science degrees, 138 with Master of Science degrees, and 5 with doctoral degrees. 

screenshot of recording of graduation ceremony with Dr. Reid speaking at the podium

Fri, 06/23/2023

Graduation Address to the class of 2023 by Christopher Reid

Dr. Christopher Reid delivered the 2023 Graduation Address for the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. Find the full text of the address is here, and view the recording on YouTube.

Jay Cunningham stands outside smiling at the camera

Thu, 06/22/2023

HCDE PhD student Jay Cunningham named Student Regent

Jay Cunningham, a PhD candidate in HCDE, has been appointed by Washington Governor Jay Inslee to serve on the University of Washington's Board of Regents. Cunningham is a researcher who works to advance public interest technology, responsible AI, and AI innovation as tools of liberation and justice for underrepresented users and marginalized communities. He is also a passionate servant leader with a lifelong interest in community building and activism.

Doctoral Research Grants text over green-filtered lightbulb image

Tue, 06/20/2023 | Designing Up

Fostering innovation

Now in its second year, the HCDE Doctoral Research Grant Program has supported 16 phd students with over $10,000 in research funding. Learn about four of the projects supported with Doctoral Research Grants and consider making a gift to support future initiatives.

Covers of the cookbook and makerzine

Thu, 06/15/2023 | Designing Up

Building community

In the 2022-2023 school year, HCDE students Ridley Jones LeDoux, Vanessa Chien Lai, Tabby Safari, Petrina Chan, and Frances Yang launched community publications around personal stories and passions.

Seattle city scape at night with I-5 in the foreground. A purple sky is behind the buildings.

Wed, 06/14/2023 | Designing Up

Coordinating response

An HCDE team led by Professor Mark Haselkorn is building the Virtual Coordination Center, a cloud-based platform for real-time data sharing and coordinated response to quickly clear roadway incidents—while preparing Seattle-area agencies for a collaborative response to “the big one.”

Blurry person walking in an otherwise empty office

Tue, 06/13/2023

HCDE researchers receive NSF RAPID grant to investigate workplace accountability amidst recent tech layoffs

A research team led by HCDE assistant professor Sucheta Ghoshal has received a new grant to study systems of workplace accountability in the wake of recent layoffs in the US technology industry.
If you were laid off from the tech industry in 2022-2023, the research team invites you to share about experiences and how this has shaped your future career goals.

Jerrod Larson

Mon, 06/12/2023

HCDE alumnus Jerrod Larson receives the 2023 Mikey Award

HCDE presents the 2023 Mikey Award to HCDE alumnus Dr. Jerrod Larson. The Myron L. White Award, or the Mikey Award, is named after the co-founder of the department. It is presented annually by HCDE faculty to a dedicated supporter of the department.

Andy Davidson seated at a whiteboard table in the HCDE Design Lab classroom

Fri, 06/02/2023 | Designing Up

Retirement Reflections from HCDE Professor Andy Davidson

Andrew Davidson, an Associate Teaching Professor in HCDE, is retiring after serving on the HCDE faculty for 11 years. Professor Davidson reflects on his favorite memories from teaching in HCDE and what he is looking forward to next.

Emma, a white woman with short red hair wearing round black glasses, stands in front of a lilac bush, smiling at the camera. Her yellow coat and blue and white striped button down pop against the bushes behind her on an overcast day.

Thu, 06/01/2023

PhD student Emma McDonnell receives Dennis Lang Award from UW Disability Studies Program

HCDE PhD student Emma McDonnell received a Dennis Lang Award from the University of Washington's Disability Studies Program. This award recognizes McDonnell for her research on accessible communication technologies and commitment to disability justice.

spring roll wrapper

Tue, 05/23/2023 | UW News

Q&A: Have a favorite food memory? How technology can help take you back

Even with access to recipes online or passed down through generations, it’s hard to balance the complicated process of cooking with the sensory details from a memory. HCDE PhD student Danli Luo has developed a toolkit of sensors and controllers that helped her re-create three dishes from growing up in China: rice wine, tofu and spring roll wrappers.

headshots of Elin Bjorling, Kristin Dew, Sourojit Ghosh, Jane Skau, and Kate Starbird

Mon, 05/22/2023

HCDE students, faculty, and staff named 2023 College of Engineering Awardees

The College of Engineering recognizes HCDE faculty members Kristin Dew and Kate Starbird, HCDE staff Elin Bjorling and Jane Skau, and HCDE PhD student Sourojit Ghosh for their extraordinary efforts supporting the College through research, teaching, and administrative support.

Shenna Shim

Thu, 05/18/2023

HCDE senior Shenna Shim presents at 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium

HCDE senior Shenna Shim is presenting new research on creative coding and remixing behaviors at the 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 19. Shim's project, "Forking a Sketch: How the OpenProcessing Community Uses Remixing to Collect, Annotate, Tune, and Extend Creative Code," explores the practice of remixing in the field of creative coding. Collaborators with Shim on this work are PhD student Blair Subbaraman and HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek.