News & Events



September 17, 2021 

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon receives NSF grant to diversify data science through the research and design of ethical games

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon has received a new grant from the National Science Foundation aimed at diversifying human-centered data science through the research and design of ethical games. Over the course of two years, Aragon and her collaborators with the University of North Texas and UW's eScience Institute will study the learning experiences of a diverse group of undergraduates as the students research, design, and build a simulation game that teaches ethical thinking in data science and artificial intelligence.


September 16, 2021 UW News

Do Alexa and Siri make kids bossier? New research suggests you might not need to worry

A new study led by HCDE alumni looked at if chatting with Alexa or Siri affects the way children communicate with their fellow humans. Probably not, the researchers found, noting that children are sensitive to context when it comes to these conversations. HCDE alumni who co-authored the study include Alexis Hiniker (PhD '17), Amelia Wang (BS '20), Jonathan Tran (BS '19), Kiley Sobel (PhD '18), and Sunsoo Ray Hong (PhD '18).


September 13, 2021 

HCDE and iSchool faculty collaborate on new network to improve educational technologies for children, supported by $11 million from the Jacobs Foundation

HCDE Professor Julie Kientz is the University of Washington lead on a newly-created network to tailor digital technologies for children, made possible by a recent $11 million grant to the University of California, Irvine, from the Jacobs Foundation. UW collaborators with Kientz include Information School Professors Jason Yip and Alexis Hiniker.


August 31, 2021 

HCDE Professor Ghoshal on The Otherwise School summer program

In a new summer program led by HCDE Assistant Professor Sucheta Ghoshal and collaborator J. Khadijah Abdurahaman, students from around the world explored designing tools and techniques for counter-fascism. The program was oriented around learning from social movements and community organizations that are fighting repression, violence, and extraction—particularly in the context of India, Tigray, Oromia, and the Black US South. In this article, Ghoshal describes how the program came to be and outcomes from the 2021 cohort.


August 28, 2021 

Shana Hirsch & David Ribes on applying knowledge infrastructure work to renewable energy technologies

In a new paper in the journal Energy Research & Social Science, HCDE researchers Shana Hirsch and David Ribes discuss how HCDE research can be applied to issues of climate change, mitigation, and transitioning to a green energy future.


August 20, 2021 

Five meaningful ways to collaborate with HCDE students this year

The University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering welcomes alumni and industry professionals to collaborate with current students through several avenues. Find five upcoming opportunities here.


August 17, 2021 

HCDE researchers receive honorable mention paper award at conference for Conversational User Interfaces

A team including HCDE researchers including Rafal Kocielnik, Raina Langevin, Amelia Wang, Alex Argyle, and Gary Hsieh received an honorable mention award at the 2021 Conference for Conversational User Interfaces (CUI 2021) for their paper about understanding preferences for conversational user interfaces in healthcare settings.


August 17, 2021 

HCDE Professor Kate Starbird, colleagues receive $2.25 million from NSF to support disinformation research

The University of Washington's Center for an Informed Public (CIP) announced a new $2.25 million award from the National Science Foundation to study ways to apply collaborative, rapid-response research to mitigate online disinformation.


July 15, 2021 UW Population Health

Co–designing a technology intervention to support the health and development of children

HCDE Professor Julie Kientz and PhD student Akeiylah DeWitt are developing a smartphone-based technology that will provide culturally relevant activities and health recommendations to support healthy child development. Partnering with Kientz and DeWitt is Kendra Liljenquist from the Department of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine. The researchers hope this technology can reduce disparities in access to child health promotion resources in King County.


July 7, 2021 

HCDE capstone students create a new business providing ready–to–sew clothing kits

For their capstone project, HCDE students Sabreen Mohammed, Grace Barar, Nadir Tareen, and Kevin Kuo create Novoloom: a brand of ready-to-sew clothing kits that empower people to create their own custom clothes.


July 2, 2021 

Sayamindu Dasgupta joins the HCDE faculty

Dr. Sayamindu Dasgupta is an educator, designer, and researcher who studies creative learning technologies for young people, especially in contexts of the communities that they live, learn, and play in. Dasgupta joins the HCDE faculty as an assistant professor, beginning in January 2022.


July 1, 2021 

New gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies supports Center for an Informed Public

The UW's Center for an Informed Public announces a $1 million gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to support the multidisciplinary research center's rapid-response research of election-related mis- and disinformation. HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird is a co-founder of the Center.


June 29, 2021 

Mary–Colleen Jenkins and Tina Loucks–Jaret present award winning work at the UW Teaching and Learning Symposium

Mary-Colleen Jenkins and Tina Loucks-Jaret, two HCDE Lecturers who teach courses within the Engineering Communication Program, were recognized with award-winning work at the University of Washington's 2021 Teaching and Learning Symposium. Jenkins and Loucks-Jaret presented about using break out rooms to increase student engagement, bias-free and inclusive language for Engineering students, and fostering collaborative teams in online learning.


June 24, 2021 

Message to the Class of 2021 from Mikey Award recipient Daniella Kim

HCDE presented the department's annual award, the Mikey Award, to affiliate instructor Dr. Daniella Kim. Dr. Kim received the award at the 2021 Graduation & Awards ceremony on June 9, and had a message for the graduating students. Find the transcript of Dr. Kim's remarks here.


June 24, 2021 

Emeritus Professor David Farkas continues as an active researcher and seeks to change patterns of recreation

Since transitioning to emeritus status in 2014, HCDE Professor David K. Farkas has remained an active researcher in the field of technical communication. He recently received the Ken Rainey research award from the Society for Technical Communication for repeatedly demonstrating the ability to make research accessible across academic and industry communities.


June 17, 2021 

Human Centered Design & Engineering students generate winning campaign to bring King County residents back to transit

An industry audit, customer research, and consultation with transit execs informed the HCDE students' approach.


June 16, 2021 

Graduation Address to the class of 2021 by Julie Zhuo

Julie Zhuo, co-founder of Sundial and author of the bestselling book The Making of a Manager, delivered the 2021 Graduation Address for the University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. The 2021 ceremony was recorded live on June 9, 2021.


June 15, 2021 

Ribes and Sutherland co–author new paper about transdisciplinary collaboration in data science

HCDE Professor David Ribes and PhD student Will Sutherland are co-authors on a new paper: Ten simple rules to Cultivate Transdisciplinary Collaboration in Data Science. The paper, published in the PLOS Computational Biology journal, highlights facilitating collaboration, but not replacing the societal function of successful research.


June 10, 2021 

HCDE faculty and staff receive awards from the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering annually acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of the college’s teaching and research assistants, staff and faculty members with awards. In 2021, a new awards category was added for faculty and staff who demonstrated outstanding work during the challenging year of remote operations. Both Kate Starbird, HCDE associate professor, and Leah Pistorius, HCDE communications manager, received awards in the outstanding category.


June 10, 2021 

HCDE 2021 Student Awards of Excellence

With the 2021 HCDE Student Awards of Excellence, HCDE faculty recognize graduate students Jazz Ang, Shelby Zink, Lucas Colusso, Arpita, Honson Ling, Ethel Xu, Patriya Wiesmann, Xuan Song, Shelby Zink, Taylor Honda, Jay Cunningham, Susanne Kirchner, Neilly Herrera Tan, and undergraduate students Kay Waller, Kari Bergstedt, Jordan Yoon-Buck, Lexi Leo Rohrer, and Vishaka Nirmal. The annual awards honor students who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating greatness in academic excellence, leadership and engagement, and innovation.


June 10, 2021 

HCDE Professor Nadya Peek receives UW Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology

Nadya Peek's digital fabrication course relies on in-person instruction in a makerspace where students can access 3D printers. When the pandemic made that impossible, Professor Peek developed a new curriculum that helped students master computer-aided design and 3D printing skills from home.


June 1, 2021 

HCDE Affiliate Instructor Daniella Kim receives the 2021 Mikey Award

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering is presenting the 2021 Mikey Award to Dr. Daniella Kim, UX research leader and an affiliate instructor in HCDE. 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 leaders in the field and dedicated friends of the department.


May 24, 2021 

HCDE PhD student Jay Cunningham in Husky 100

The Husky 100 annually recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. Husky 100 students are making a difference on campus, in their communities, and for the future through their passion, leadership, and commitment.


May 10, 2021 

HCDE students work with WA Department of Health to study COVID–19 exposure notification app

In HCDE's course on usability studies, a student team led a study of Washington State residents to understand reactions to and experiences with the Washington State Exposure Notifications Tool.


May 10, 2021 

Julie Zhuo to deliver 2021 HCDE graduation address

HCDE announces that Julie Zhuo, renowned author and co-founder of Sundial, will deliver the guest commencement address at the HCDE Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, 2021