Friends and colleagues of Professor Judy Ramey joined the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) on Tuesday for a celebration of Ramey's 29 years at the University of Washington. Several colleagues, friends, and former students stood up to say a few words about Judy and her impact on the department, the university, and their lives.
Professor and Chair Jan Spyridakis credited Ramey for spearheading the development of many self-sustaining programs and thus setting up the department for success in difficult budgetary times. She also called her the "Queen of Usability Research." Emeritus Professor Mary Coney noted that Ramey brought HCDE (then Technical Communication) "into the digital age." Professor David Farkas commented that Ramey was "always humane and generous" in her problem-solving and mediation as department Chair. Farkas also discussed the long, involved process of creating the PhD program, which, he argued, was Ramey's "single biggest accomplishment."
Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) Professor James Landey noted that Ramey was key to the formation of dub, the University of Washington's design, use, build coalition. Affiliate instructor Dennis Wixon concluded the talks, saying, "It's very rare to find an inspirational person who is also a pleasure to work with on a complex problem, but Judy is one of those people."
Ramey will retire at the end of the 2011–2012 academic year.