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Welcoming new HCDE faculty

September 23, 2022

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering is welcoming three new professors to the faculty in the 2022-2023 academic year. Arpita and Alan Marks are joining the department as assistant teaching professors, and Ana Pinto da Silva is joining the department as an associate teaching professor and director of the Master of Human Computer Interaction + Design (MHCI+D) program.

Read about HCDE's new faculty below, and join us in welcoming them to the HCDE and UW community.

Arpita Incoming Assistant Teaching Professor Arpita

Assistant Teaching Professor

Arpita loves learning, teaching, and mentoring on research methods that help make sense of the human experience. She has been teaching courses on human computer interaction, qualitative research, and ethics of sociotechnical systems. Over the past eight years, Arpita has been conducting research on mental health with interdisciplinary teams of healthcare researchers and practitioners. Her current research focus is on trauma-informed design for adolescent and young adult childhood cancer survivors. 

Arpita's holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, where she worked on designing games with teachers for classrooms with autistic children. She received a PhD from the University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering in 2020, and her dissertation was on working with teenagers and clinicians to design weekly modules for managing depression. During her PhD, she discovered her joy in teaching and K-12 outreach. Following her PhD, she ventured out to University of California, Irvine, to pursue a postdoc, helping grad students with research on health of marginalized communities and teaching undergrad courses, part time. Combining her interests in methods for inclusion of marginalized voices in design and youth mental health, she wants to continue teaching and outreach efforts. She has wonderful collaborators and mentors at UW, UCI, and UCSC who help make her work fulfilling and enjoyable. 

Arpita is a trauma survivor. While science helps her strive for change, art helps her process injustice and beauty in life. She also has research projects on her hobbies, such as wellbeing and media use of Pokémon GO players and the BTS ARMY fandom. Arpita will join the faculty in January 2023.

Alan Marks Incoming Assistant Teaching Professor Alan Marks

Alan Marks
Assistant Teaching Professor

Alan Marks has been building software for users for more than thirty years, since earning his Master of Science degree from the University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering in 1991.

Alan has worked in the industry as a UX professional, program manager, startup co-founder, and as a business and technical leader and advisor. He spent a decade at Microsoft working on large-scale problems, and many years in startups and consultancy. Alan is currently part-time CTO of a company dedicated to improving elementary math education. He has many years of teaching experience, beginning with student teaching at a primary school in college. Alan's university-level teaching includes teaching technical writing for the College of Engineering, lecturing in HCDE for the User-Centered Design Certificate, and for the Bachelor's program since September of 2019. In 2021, he was appointed Affiliate Faculty by the department.

Ana Pinto da Silva Incoming Associate Teaching Professor Ana Pinto da Silva

Ana Pinto da Silva
Associate Teaching Professor; Director, MHCI+D

An accomplished designer, technologist and public speaker, incoming MHCI+D Director Ana Pinto da Silva is committed to advancing the role designers, engineers and researchers play in the development of future-defining innovation. As CEO and founder of 2G3R, Ana’s work celebrates aging and longevity, delivering home and community solutions that help people of all ages and abilities thrive. Ana has led design innovation initiatives traversing healthcare, education, civics, shopping and productivity for Amazon, Microsoft, NBBJ, and is a lecturer and contributor to the Design Intelligence Leadership Institute. Inspired by the power of leadership through community, Ana is the founder of the Seattle Pecha Kucha speaker series, the founding co-chair of the Harvard GSD’s global Design Impact initiative, and serves on the board of directors for the Harvard GSD MDE program, the Harvard GSD Alumni Council, and Leadership Tomorrow. In addition to her role as Director of MHCI+D, Ana will serve as Associate Teaching Professor for the University of Washington’s HCDE program.