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December 3, 2020 

Master’s student Della Sigrest is a finalist in the IxDA Student Design Charette

Over the next two months, HCDE Master's student Della Sigrest and fellow finalists in the IxDA's Student Design Charette will work to address the challenge: "How might we achieve greater collective wellbeing through the power of our individual data?"

 

December 2, 2020 

Introducing Chair's Student Advisory Board members

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering welcomes the members of our Chair's Student Advisory Board: Jessica Douma, Sourojit Ghosh, Vijayalaxmi MP, Nisha Rastogi, Dena Sabha, Tiffany Truong, Melinda Haughey, and Josephine Hoy. The Board provides feedback to department leadership on issues affecting students and provides input on strategic decisions.

 

November 30, 2020 

Video: supporting BIPOC students in HCDE graduate programs

In November 2020, HCDE hosted a conversation about black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) experiences in the HCDE graduate programs. In this webinar, hear from current HCDE graduate students about their experiences inside and outside of the classroom; admission requirements and deadlines for the PhD and Master’s programs; and community-wide efforts to make HCDE more inclusive.

 

November 22, 2020 

Video: HCDE Today webinar for alumni

On November 19, 2020, HCDE hosted a webinar about the state of HCDE today—what our operations look like during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how HCDE researchers have pivoted to pandemic-responsive research. In a conversation moderated by HCDE Teaching Professor Brock Craft, hear from HCDE Professor and Chair Julie Kientz about how families are using technology at home during the pandemic; Associate Professor Charlotte P. Lee about how employees and employers are adapting to remote work; and Associate Professor Kate Starbird about how misinformation and disinformation related to the pandemic is spreading online.

 

November 13, 2020 

Nadya Peek, collaborator Joshua Smith receive NSF award to develop customizable robotics for scientists

A new grant will support HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek and Joshua Smith, Professor in Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering, in the development of open-source, customizable co-bots to enable experts to develop their own automated processes and experiments.

 

November 5, 2020 

HCDE, UW CREATE researchers honored with top awards at ASSETS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

HCDE Associate Professor Leah Findlater, PhD students Lotus Zhang and Steven Goodman, PhD alumna Cynthia L. Bennett received awards at ASSETS 2020, the International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility.

 

October 28, 2020 UW News

SoundWatch – New smartwatch app alerts Deaf and hard–of–hearing users to nearby sounds

A team of researchers including HCDE Associate Professor Leah Findlater and PhD student Steven Goodman have developed SoundWatch, a smartwatch app that alerts people who are d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing to nearby sounds. The team is presenting this work this week at the ACM conference on computing and accessibility.

 

October 21, 2020 

HCDE Professor Nadya Peek on new project to develop distributed chemical manufacturing using synthetic biology

HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek is on an interdisciplinary team of chemical engineers and chemists to create and demonstrate modular bioreactor technologies that can allow biorefineries and fermentation facilities to repurpose infrastructure and resources for distributed bio-manufacturing.

 

October 15, 2020 

HCDE researchers recognized with CSCW Awards

HCDE PhD students Caitlin Lustig, Andrew Neang, Will Sutherland, Michael Beach, and Associate Professor Charlotte Lee are recognized with paper awards at the 23rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW).

 

October 7, 2020 

Autumn 2020 message from HCDE Professor & Chair Julie Kientz

HCDE Professor & Chair Julie Kientz welcomes HCDE’s returning and incoming students, and shares opportunities for alumni and friends to connect with the Department in the coming months.

 

September 30, 2020 

UW researchers driving around Seattle to track COVID-19 response over time

HCDE Senior Research Scientist Scott Miles is on an interdisciplinary project to track the pandemic's impact on Seattle. The researchers are capturing images all over the city to document recovery and better understand resiliency.

 

September 29, 2020 

Q&A with HCDE new Assistant Teaching Professor Sarah Coppola

HCDE welcomes its newest faculty member, Assistant Teaching Professor Sarah Coppola. Dr. Coppola came to HCDE from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was a Human Factors Engineering postdoctoral fellow. In this Q & A, Dr. Coppola talks more about her background and what she is looking forward to in her new role at the University of Washington.

 

September 28, 2020 

HCDE Professor Kristin Dew, collaborators working with Duwamish River communities on grassroots science network

HCDE Assistant Teaching Professor Kristin Dew is a co-Principal Investigator on a project to support a community-science network among residents of Seattle’s Lower Duwamish River area.

 

September 15, 2020 

HCDE researchers named Computing Innovation Fellows

HCDE PhD candidate Rafal Kocielnik and incoming postdoctoral researcher Abigale Stangl have received Computing Innovation Fellowships from the Computing Research Association and its Computing Community Consortium. These fellowships were created with support from the National Science Foundation to connect recent (or soon-to-be) PhD graduates in computing disciplines with postdoctoral research positions at other academic institutions.

 

September 14, 2020 UW News

UW professor Cecilia Aragon tells of beating fear and becoming competitive pilot in memoir ‘Flying Free’

In the space of a few years, HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon went from being a self-doubting, decidedly Earthbound dreamer to become a pilot, then a teacher of flying, and then the first Latina pilot on the United States Aerobatic Team — an honor akin to competing in the Olympics. Read a new Q&A with UW News' Peter Kelly.

 

September 4, 2020 

Nadya Peek, collaborator Jennifer Jacobs receive NSF award to research digital fabrication tools for low–volume manufacturing

Nadya Peek, assistant professor in HCDE, and her collaborator Jennifer Jacobs, assistant professor at UC Santa Barbara, have received a new grant from the National Science Foundation to research digital fabrication tools for low-volume manufacturing.

 

August 27, 2020 

Sonia Savelli receives NOAA award to study probabilistic risk communication in tornado forecasting

HCDE Research Scientist Sonia Savelli is the principal investigator on a new grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study how people interpret and use evolving tornado forecast information and how forecast communication can be improved.

 

August 25, 2020 

Cecilia Aragon, DO–IT collaborators awarded $1 million to further advancement of women with disabilities in STEM Careers

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon is co-principal investigator on AccessADVANCE, a new project awarded $1 million by the National Science Foundation to increase the participation and advancement of women with disabilities in academic science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.

 

August 24, 2020 

Welcoming second cohort of the HCDE Alumni Leadership Board

The HCDE Alumni Leadership Board welcomes nine new members: Daniel Aldridge, Ankur Agrawal, Josh Baker, R. Jill DeMarco, Alex Fromm, Sarah Kepa, Hannah Nursalim, Rigo Ordaz, and Veronika Sipeeva. The new members join inaugural Board members Sharla Akers (Board President), Gary J. Anderson, Kendall Avery, Michael Berg, Nathan Bilbao, Hasani C.M. Burns, Matthew Carthum, Paula Chuchro, and Matt Reynolds in service to the Department as they continue to plan events, continuing education opportunities, and publish observations from the field on the ALB Blog. Meet our new board members here.

 

August 20, 2020 

Nadya Peek receives Sloan Foundation award to research testing in distributed manufacturing

HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek has received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to research methods for testing and verification in distributed production. Support from the award enables Peek and students in her research lab, Machine Agency, to research what quality control could look like for production with widespread and distributed digital fabrication equipment. Peek asks, “If open source hardware designs can easily be widely shared, how do we ensure that they can also safely be widely produced?”

 

August 19, 2020 Columbia University Press Blog

Affiliate professor Zakiya Hanafi on translating works of philosophy

Dr. Zakiya Hanafi, an affiliate faculty member in HCDE, has spent the last decade of her career translating works of philosophy from Italian and French into English. In a new blog post on the Columbia University Press Blog, Dr. Hanafi shares the observations that inspired her to become a translator and discusses why translation is so important today.

 

August 18, 2020 College of Engineering

Engineering STARS

Since 2013, STARS — the Washington STate Academic RedShirt program — has provided the extra support that underserved Washington students need to succeed in engineering. HCDE alumna Tuyen Truong (BS '17), now a product designer at Dropbox, reflects on how she's using her degree and how STARS helped get her there.

 

August 3, 2020 

Shana Hirsch publishes new book about impact of climate change on scientists

The climate change impacts of drought, wildfire, and extreme flooding can destabilize the daily work of scientists. In Anticipating Future Environments, HCDE Research Scientist Shana Hirsch tells the story of how ecological restorationists working to recover salmon in the Columbia River Basin are adapting their scientific practices to deal with climate change.

 

July 23, 2020 

Julie Kientz and Shwetak Patel establish HCDE Student Emergency Support Fund

Julie Kientz, Professor & Chair of HCDE, and her husband Professor Shwetak Patel are establishing an endowment to support HCDE students facing unexpected financial hardship.

 

July 21, 2020 

Beth Kolko's Shift Labs joining forces with Hometa for DripAssist distribution

Shift Labs, the medical technology company founded by HCDE Professor Beth Kolko, is joining forces with Hometa to enable broader distribution of the DripAssist Infusion Rate Monitor in the US and other select markets.

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