The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Starbird as an Assistant Professor in HCDE. Starbird will join HCDE's faculty beginning with the 2012–2013 academic year. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado Boulder's Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society (ATLAS) Institute, where she studies interaction and collaboration as enabled, supported, and structured by social media and other online tools, advised by Professor Leysia Palen. Starbird investigates both large-scale and small group interaction within the context of crises and other mass disruption events, studying how digital volunteers and other members of the connected crowd work to filter and shape the information space.
In 2009, Starbird received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship for her studies. Starbird completed her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Stanford University, where she also competed for the Women's Basketball Team, earning All-America and Academic All-America honors. Between 1997 and 2006, Starbird played professional basketball in the ABL, WNBA, and several European leagues.