Introducing Chair's Student Advisory Board members

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering welcomes the members of our Chair’s Student Advisory Board: Jessica Douma, Sourojit Ghosh, Vijayalaxmi MP, Nisha Rastogi, Dena Sabha, Tiffany Truong, Melinda Haughey, and Josephine Hoy.

The Chair's Student Advisory Board represents students across HCDE's degree programs, and the members give feedback to department leadership on issues affecting students. The Board meets 1-2 times per quarter with the department Chair and Associate Chairs to provide input on strategic decisions.

Student Advisory Board Members

2020 – 2021 academic year

Jessica DoumaJessica Douma
HCDE master's student

Jessica is a second year part-time master's student in the HCDE program. She has a bachelor's degree in computer science from UCLA, where she discovered her passion for the intersection of technology and design. After graduating from UCLA, she joined Microsoft as a full-time engineer where she works on the Windows + Devices team, partnering with design to deliver core navigation and multitasking experiences in the Windows operating systems. This will be her second year serving on the advisory board and she is committed to advocating for her peers, providing transparency with program directors, and remaining actively involved in making our program as successful and inclusive as possible.

Sourojit GhoshSourojit Ghosh
HCDE PhD student

Hi! My name is Sourojit Ghosh, though I do also go by G. I'm a first year PhD student in HCDE under the mentorship of Dr. Cecilia Aragon. I'm interested in applying Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning as tools to adopt human-centered approaches to real-world problems. Outside of HCDE, I am an avid writer and public speaker, and also play soccer! 

Vijayalaxmi MPVijayalaxmi MP
HCDE master's student

I am a Master's student at HCDE, representing the student realm to the department administration. Passionate about creating art & playing with colors. Trying to make the world a better place to be by painting one wall at a time.

Nisha RastogiNisha Rastogi
​HCDE master's student

Hey! I am Nisha, a graduate student at UW majoring in HCDE. Each day I am working towards changing the way we experience the world. I love travelling and cooking Indian food. I joined the advisory board mainly because I want to communicate the challenges experienced by the students, since things are very different right now in the virtual world. Being a first year master's student, it also opened up opportunities for me to network with people.

Dena SabhaDena Sabha
HCDE undergraduate student

My name is Dena, I am a junior in HCDE. I am an aspiring UX designer and researcher passionate about inclusive and accessible design and am fascinated by Augmented, Virtual & Mixed Reality. I am the cohort Liaison for HCDE SA, Major Chairs foe SWE, CA for 210, so feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions! In my free time I like to play soccer, travel, watch Ted Talks and advocate for social issues I am passionate about. I love working with multidisciplinary teams and I am always striving to learn something new. Feel free to reach out to me,I love meeting new people and collaborating.

Tiffany TruongTiffany Truong
HCDE undergraduate student

placeholder imageMelinda Haughey
HCDE PhD student

Placeholder imageJosephine (Joey) Hoy
HCDE PhD student


The Department thanks these student representatives for their service to the HCDE community.