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2019 Open House recap

June 26, 2019

Open House event from above

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) welcomed students, future students, alumni, Corporate Affiliates Program members, and friends for our annual Open House on Friday, June 7, 2019, at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.

Undergraduate and graduate students presented their Capstone projects and attendees cast votes in the People’s Choice Awards. Guest judges spent the evening meeting with capstone teams about their projects and awarded prizes for the best undergraduate project, best graduate project, and honorable mentions in the categories of communication, technology, research, and design.

Open House photos on flickr

View a list of all 33 presenting projects in our event program »

Best in Show: Undergraduate

Nordstrom team receiving award

Nordstrom Find In-Store

Personalized in-store shopping

Stefanie Choi, Kotoko Yamada, Kaitlyn He, Inhae Kim

Best in Show: Graduate

Building Care team

Building Care

Positive distraction from life with cancer

Alice Lin, Anthony Ugas, Hannah Nursalim, Sonnet Lauberth

People's Choice Award

Next Generation of Orca team receiving award

The Next Generation of Orca

Reimagining Seattle Public Transportation

Sierramatice Karras, Zach Thomas, Zoe Escalona, Ryan Zuzelski

People's Choice Award Runner Up

Go Seattle team receiving award

Go Seattle

Encouraging public transportation mobile ticketing usage among tourists in the Seattle Area

Madisen Arurang, Aylee Neff, Michael Palomo, Scott Tan

Judge's Honorable Mention: Technology

Competency Assessment Tool team receiving award

Competency Assessment Tool

Reach the Next Level in Your Career

Nathan Han, Jang Soo Lim, Monica Posluszny, Helena Shea

Judge's Honorable Mention: Communication

Econsent Management System team receiving award

Econsent Management System

Digitizing a consent management system for Alzheimer's research

Daiana Kaplan, Madeleine Le, Akshaya Venkat

Judge's Honorable Mention: Research

Anesthesiologists team receiving award

Improving Efficiency of Anesthesiologists through App Redesign

Prepare for Better Care

Amanda Shen, Angela Li Shuo, Mimi Peach, Steven Yong

Judge's Honorable Mention: Design

Strategy Toolkit team receiving award

A Strategy Toolkit for Seattle Area Homeless Organizations

Workshop activities designed to engage shelters in discussion and strategy development for solutions to complex problems.

Christopher “Kit” Collins, Ross Abplanalp, Danny Macdonald, Galen Lieberworth

HCDE Open House Photos

Click through to find the full album on Flickr. All photos by Matt Hagan.

HCDE 2019 Open House & Capstone Showcase

Thank you to the below Corporate Affiliates Program members and capstone sponsors for their generous contributions.

Alaska Airline
Amazon Global Security


Dell Facebook

Google logo


Mobility Innovation Center

nfocus logo

Sage Bionetworks
Seattle Children's


  Virginia Mason