2016 HCDE Open House

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) welcomed more than 400 students, future students, alumni, Corporate Affiliates Program members, and friends for our annual Open House on May 31, 2016.

Undergraduate and graduate capstone teams and representatives from Directed Research Groups presented their work and attendees voted for their favorite projects in the People’s Choice Awards. Guest judges spent the evening meeting with capstone teams about their projects and voting on the winners of best undergraduate project, best graduate project, and honorable mentions in the categories of communication, technology, research, and design.

2016 Capstone Projects

Best in Show: Undergraduate

FAMS (Fatigue and Activity Management System)

A system for helping people living with MS manage their fatigue and identify triggers by making sense of patterns in their data
Kyle Burger, Yoanna Dosouto, Jess Landquist

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Best in Show: Graduate


Make learning a new foreign language an easier, more delightful, and inspiring experience
Nick Connell, Yanina Levitskaia, Gordon Patterson, Rittwika Rudra

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People's Choice Award


Designing a new lunch making system for families in order to improve the bond between parent and child, as well as a healthier lifestyle
Danny Cohen, Kevin Huynh, Dorothy Kong, Natalee Ouzts

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People's Choice Award Runner Up


Enhancing student engagement and focus through the use of wearable classroom technology
Sharla Akers, Ashley Donaldson, Hunter Mask, Kendall Sahl, Samantha West

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Judge's Honorable Mention: Technology


Designing an assistive technology system to reach a larger population in order to increase adoption, lower costs, and stimulate continued innovation
Torin Blankensmith, Arnavi Chheda, Rashmi Srinivas, Visavakorn Toongtong

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Judge's Honorable Mention: Communication

Hazus-MH Report Builder: Better Tools. Better Communication. Safer Communities.

Understanding and Improving HAZUS: Better tool. Better planning
Gary J. Anderson, Kristine Kohlhepp, Letty Limbach

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Judge's Honorable Mention: Research

Research with CERTAINty

Researching and creating a web platform to help better communication between medical researchers and patients
Sara Jennings, Austin Meyers

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Judge's Honorable Mention: Design

REI List Redesign

Gear research that travels with you
Anne Burker, Caroline Colon, Sydney Hessel, Terri Lovins

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2016 Open House Photos