Alumni Profile: Josie Nutter (BS 2013)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Josie Nutter graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) in June 2013, where she received an Undergraduate Award of Excellence for Innovation.

Josie Nutter presenting CastAR to the International Game Developer’s Association.

Josie Nutter on the panel at Microsoft’s Women in Games luncheon. Pictured from left to right: Colleen Macklin, Brenda Romero, Constance Steinkuehler, Josie Nutter, Lydia Antonini, Siobhan Reddy.

Nutter was a non-traditional undergraduate HCDE student, having already worked in the game industry for several years before enrolling in HCDE. “I started working for Microsoft directly after high school graduation…and I continued to work full time as a Software Engineer at PopCap games while attending UW. I was quite a bit older than your average undergrad,” Nutter said. “Getting the BS degree in HCDE was helpful in adding the UX & UI design skills to my pre-existing computer programming background.”

Nutter is currently working as a Software Engineer and UX Specialist at Technical Illusions, a startup in Woodinville, WA. Her work focuses on the software side of castAR; a wearable, projected Augmented Reality system that displays holographic-like 3D projections that the user can interact with. Nutter helped launch a successful kickstarter campaign for castAR that raised over one million dollars, and now the project is in prototype development.

Nutter has recently been dabbling in public speaking as she promotes castAR and stays active in the gaming community. Last month, Nutter presented castAr at the International Game Developer’s Association meetup at Amazon headquarters, and served as a panelist at Microsoft’s Women in Games luncheon at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

“The public speaking skills I gained and honed during my time in HCDE served me well during the presentation about castAR at Amazon, and the exposure I received as a result led to the organizers of Microsoft's Women in Gaming event to think of me when they decided they needed a representative for wearable technology on their awards luncheon panel. Networking is a wonderful thing!”

This month, she will travel to Laval, France, to accept a ReVolution award for castAR at Laval Virtual, the 16th Annual International Conference and Exhibition on Virtual Technologies and Uses.

Nutter is also currently the Industry Liaison on the Seattle chapter Board of Directors for the International Game Developers Association.