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Welcoming second cohort of the HCDE Alumni Leadership Board

August 25, 2020

Nine alumni from the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering join the Department's Alumni Leadership Board.

The Alumni Leadership Board connects alumni leaders who have a desire to give back to the next generation of HCDE graduates and build the HCDE network for years to come. Now entering its second year, the Board is welcoming its second cohort of Board members who will join the first cohort in planning upcoming events, continuing education opportunities, and publishing observations from the field on the ALB Blog.

The nine 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. The Department thanks the inaugural Board for their dedication and service to get the board off and running.

Incoming ALB Board Members

PlaceholderDaniel Aldridge

BS, 2016
Senior UX Designer at Zulily

Daniel is a Senior UX Designer and UX Lead and has designed product solutions for commerce and enterprise at Zulily, Getty Images, Microsoft, and Moz. Daniel has a passion for the human-centered design process and loves to teach others through collaboration and hands-on exercises. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys exercise & nutrition and playing guitar. 

Ankur AgrawalAnkur Agrawal

MS, 2016
Design Technologist at Intel Labs

Ankur is a science geek with a passion for designing new inventive technologies that go beyond screen interactions and explores the relationship between human, machines, and physical materials. As a Design Technologist at Intel Labs, he performs early stage research to find new opportunities for creating innovative experiences. He also works with the technology teams on development by iteratively designing and building concept prototypes of the proposed experiences. He has filed a number of patents based on his work. In his spare time, you can find him in a climbing gym, hiking a peak, shooting some arrows, or just at home with his violin.

Josh BakerJosh Baker

MS, 2018
UX Designer at WSECU

Josh is a UX Designer with WSECU, and is the primary designer and researcher for their digital banking platform and mobile app. While attending UW, Josh served on the Graduate Student Alumni board, and received the 2018 Excellence Award for Leadership & Engagement. Since 2017 he has been part of the planning committee for the Puget Sound World Usability Day conference. Before moving into user experience, Josh spent a few years as visual designer and has a BFA in graphic design from Colorado State University. Outside of work, Josh loves connecting with people, tinkering, and taking in the outdoors by hiking or kayaking. 

R. Jill DeMarco

MS, 1996
Retired (formerly with Boeing)
Retired - Program Mgr., Aviation Safety & Regulatory Affairs

After 37 years in the aviation sector -- both federal government (FAA) and private industry (Boeing) -- Jill retired in 2016. According to Jill retirement is the best job she's ever had!

Alex FrommAlex Fromm

BS, 2012
Senior Design Manager at Microsoft

Alex Fromm is a Senior Design Manager at Microsoft, where he leads a team of UX Designers focusing on the exciting and quickly expanding Security and Compliance product space. He works to solve complex, enterprise level problems with a keen focus on customers and strong visual design. Alex graduated from the University of Washington's Human Centered Design & Engineering department in 2012 and has been working at Microsoft for the past 8 years where he has designed experiences ranging from server management to consumer facing products. In his spare time Alex enjoys relaxing with his wife and golden retriever, playing and listening to music, and a good mezcal. Alex is always looking for opportunities to speak and give back to the local tech and design community, so reach out on LinkedIn anytime.

Sarah KepaSarah Kepa

MS, 2015
Senior UX Designer at Amazon

HannahHannah Nursalim

MS, 2019
User Researcher at Microsoft via HARMAN

Hannah is a contract User Researcher at Microsoft working on Microsoft Edge. In addition to conducting research, she coaches product managers, developers, and designers of Microsoft Edge through the UX Research process in an effort to be more customer driven. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with a BS in Psychology and in 2019 with an MS in HCDE. She enjoys connecting with people and sharing her passions whether it's UX Research, traveling, baking, etc.

RigoRigo Ordaz

MS, 2018
UX Designer at Uber ATG

Rigo has been working in the field of self-driving vehicles for more than three years. As a Latino working in tech, Rigo is passionate about finding ways to connect and amplify the voices of other Latinx people working in tech, particularly in UX. He currently works as a UX Designer at Uber's self-driving car unit.

VeronikaVeronika Sipeeva

MS, 2017
Design Researcher 2 at Microsoft

Veronika currently works as Design Researcher 2 on the Office Planning & Research team at Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, Veronika led research projects within the consumer and business-to-business departments at Premera Blue Cross, helped establish and champion research practices, mentored and equipped teams with tools and methods for improving the customer experience. Prior to joining the UX field, she ran an aviation magazine and oversaw private charter experience for high-net-worth customers. Veronika holds a Master's Degree in Human Centered Design and Engineering from the University of Washington, is a co-chair for the volunteer committee for the UXPA International Conference, and is a mentor in the Seattle's chapter of Hexagon UX. In the summertime, she enjoys sailing in the Puget Sound area, hiking and camping in the mountains.

Learn more about the HCDE Alumni Leadership Board here. If you have a question for the board, please email the HCDE Events & Outreach Manager Melissa Ewing at