HCDE Welcomes David McDonald as Department Chair

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) is pleased to welcome Associate Professor Dr. David W. McDonald to the HCDE faculty, accepting the role of Department Chair.

Dr. McDonald joins HCDE from a highly successful career in the Information School (ISchool) at the University of Washington. Dr. McDonald's research has focused on the areas of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and Social Computing. Dr. McDonald has received considerable national and international recognition. He has given 23 invited talks at Universities and research labs across the country. He has given two keynote presentations at national level conferences and one international invited keynote at the Brazilian Symposium on Collaborative Systems (SBSC) in 2013. Dr. McDonald is also an accomplished teacher. He has taught a full breadth of technical development, design, analysis and methods courses, and has demonstrated a clear commitment to student mentorship.

Dr. McDonald received his BA in Cognitive Science from UCLA in 1988; his MS in Math and Computer Science from California State, Hayward, in 1992; and his PhD in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine, in 2000. He was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the ISchool at the UW in 2002 and an Associate Professor in 2008. During his time at the ISchool, he spent two years as a Program Officer at NSF in the Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate, Information & Intelligent Systems (IIS) Division, and Computing and Network Systems (CNS).

McDonald is excited about joining the HCDE faculty and moving into the role of HCDE Chair, saying:

The Department is bursting with creative energy from students, faculty, and staff. I know it will take care and thoughtful leadership to channel all that energy into a set of directions that will grow HCDE's reputation and size. As well, the broader HCDE community - alumni, corporate partners and affiliates - have a great reputation. I look forward to getting to know them better and working with them to build collaborations and find opportunities for our graduates. Lastly, I want to recognize the transformative leadership of the outgoing HCDE Chair, Dr. Jan Spyridakis. It takes energy and chutzpah to start the department on this new path and bring along all the essential stakeholders. And I'm thrilled for the chance to continue that journey.

HCDE also thanks outgoing Chair Jan Spyridakis for her leadership throughout her six year tenure as Chair. Spyridakis led the department’s phenomenal growth though faculty recruitment, program expansion, and a department rebrand. Spyridakis will begin a year-long sabbatical this month.