CAMBRIDGE, MA: Today MIT Technology Review reveals its list of 35 top young innovators. For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world. For her work in software, University of Washington's Julie Kientz has been honored as a visionary on the list. The University of Washington's press release is available on UW Today.
Julie Kientz, Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, researches healthy living; in particular, she focuses on designing, developing, and evaluating novel, future computing applications involving the capture and review of data for the domains of health and education, as well as on understanding and reducing the burdens of health technologies. Kientz seeks to understand how health technologies, such as sleep sensors, physical activity monitors, or manual self-tracking tools, place burdens on the user that can prevent adoption and thus successful health outcomes. In all of her research, Kientz emphasizes developing her research and designs beyond just prototypes and seeks to "get them into the hands of the people for whom they are designed."
"Over the years, we've had success in choosing women and men whose innovations and companies have been profoundly influential on the direction of human affairs," says editor in chief and publisher Jason Pontin. "Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple; and David Karp, the creator of Tumblr. We're proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate, and we're proud to add Julie to this prestigious list."
This year's honorees will be featured online at technologyreview.com starting today, and in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on September 3. They will appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference from October 9–11 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, is advancing design knowledge by using innovative techniques to study human activity and then translating that knowledge into meaningful information and system designs. Human Centered Design & Engineering faculty and students are designing the future while prioritizing the needs, desires, and behaviors of people and communities who interact with technical systems.
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