The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering welcomes Dr. Dianne Hendricks to the faculty, beginning April 2018. Dr. Hendricks brings an interdisciplinary science and engineering background and extensive experience leading teams and teaching writing-intensive engineering courses.
As a lecturer in HCDE, Dr. Hendricks will lead the Engineering Communication Program for the College of Engineering. In this role, she will develop curriculum for a new communication course for all Engineering students. She will also teach and recruit instructors for the ENGR 231 course, Introduction to Technical Communication.
Dr. Hendricks comes to HCDE from the department of Bioengineering, where she taught courses on technical communication, introductory engineering, ethics and social justice in engineering, service learning, design, and honors courses. She was nominated for the UW College of Engineering Faculty Teaching Award in 2017.
Dr. Hendricks is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion in engineering education. In the department of Bioengineering, she served as the faculty lead for Bioengineering Outreach, which engages UW undergraduates in providing engineering opportunities for underrepresented students in STEM. In addition, she is a co-founder and faculty advisor for HuskyADAPT (Accessible Design and Play Technology), and mentors student teams in designing solutions for people with disabilities.
Dr. Hendricks holds a BS in Molecular Biology and a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a PhD in Genetics from Duke University.