Tue, 01/31/2023HCDE mourns the loss of Karen Kasonic
HCDE mourns the loss of alumna Karen Kasonic who passed away on January 14, 2023, after a long struggle with breast cancer.
Mon, 01/30/2023 | UW Electrical & Computer EngineeringHCDE Professor Nadya Peek awarded CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund
Levity Technologies, a project led by UW Electrical & Computer Engineering researchers and HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek, has received a $50k grant from the UW CoMotion Innovation Gap Fund. Levity is revolutionizing sample mixing in biology labs with robotics, improving yields and accuracy.
Mon, 01/30/2023HCDE alumna Alexis Hope named USA Fellow in Architecture & Design
HCDE alumna Dr. Alexis Hope (BS '05, MS '12) has been named a 2023 United States Artists Fellow in the category of Architecture & Design. The prestigious fellowship honors creative accomplishments of artists and supports their ongoing artistic and professional development.
Sat, 01/28/2023 | UW MagazineAlumna Rachel Barnecut featured in UW Magazine
HCDE alumna Rachel Barnecut (BS ’12, MS ’18) is featured in UW Magazine about her career transition to entrepreneurship. In the interview with fellow alumna Aleenah Ansari (BS '19), Barnecut discusses creating Matcha Magic, a plant-based Matcha bar located in Bellevue.
Wed, 01/11/2023HCDE Professor Julie Kientz is UW lead on new AI Institute for Children with Speech, Language Disorders
Julie Kientz is the UW lead on the AI Institute for Exceptional Education, a new multi-campus institute that will create artificial intelligence technologies for children with speech and language processing challenges. Collaborating with Kientz at UW is Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Mari Ostendorf.
Fri, 12/02/2022Improving trust in COVID vaccines with research summaries
A UW research team led by HCDE PhD student Spencer Williams is working with the public to design research summaries that improve awareness and trust in COVID vaccine safety research.
Thu, 12/01/2022HCDE researchers studying equitable automated speech recognition among African American English speakers
HCDE researchers Jay Cunningham, Daniela Rosner, and Julie Kientz have received a grant from Google Research to develop equitable, community-collaborative design methods to mitigate racial disparities in automated speech recognition technologies.
Thu, 12/01/2022Autumn 2022 Course Showcases
Each quarter, select HCDE courses host end-of-quarter events to showcase student work. These events are your opportunity to preview different HCDE classes and view the variety of topics students are exploring. View our schedule of Autumn 2022 Course Showcases here.
Mon, 11/28/2022Support HCDE students this Giving Tuesday
Help HCDE build a more accessible and equitable student experience by making a gift to support students this #GivingTuesday, November 29. Donations to the Mary B. Coney Endowed Fund help send PhD students to conferences and workshops while gifts to the Kientz & Patel Student Emergency Fund provide immediate impact to students facing unexpected financial hardship.
Mon, 11/14/2022In Design Jam for Civics, HCDE students innovate for small businesses
Human Centered Design & Engineering students and community partners came together for an autumn quarter design jam to address the question: how might we solidify the presence of small retail stores in our cities?
Fri, 11/04/2022HCDE researchers Tricia Aung, Sean Munson developing pilot HCD hub to innovate nutrition solutions in Tanzania
A new grant from the University of Washington's Population Health Initiative supports HCDE PhD student Tricia Aung and Associate Professor Sean Munson in developing a pilot human-centered design hub within the Government of Tanzania that will be equipped to innovate solutions to nutrition issues.
Thu, 10/20/2022Former WA Governor Gregoire recognizes the Virtual Coordination Center project at Mobility Innovation Center’s Ready to Roll event
On October 13, 2022, HCDE Professor and Chair Julie Kientz and former Washington State Governor and Challenge Seattle CEO Christine Gregoire spoke at an event hosted by CoMotion’s Mobility Innovation Center to celebrate the Virtual Coordination Center for Multimodal Corridor Management project.
Mon, 10/10/2022HCDE Professor Nadya Peek receives NSF grant to develop open-source hardware for laboratory automation
The grant is part of the National Science Foundation's new Pathways to Enable Open-Source Ecosystems (POSE) program, designed to support the creation of sustainable, high-impact, open-source ecosystems. Collaborating with Peek is Lilo Pozzo, a professor in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering.
Thu, 10/06/2022HCDE Professors Rosner and Kientz receive NSF grant to explore equitable childcare worker technologies
The three year, $1.8 million award is part of an investment by the National Science Foundation in research projects designed to increase opportunities for US workers and generate positive societal and economic impacts at the local and national level.
Thu, 10/06/2022With support from Urban@UW, HCDE researchers Halperin and Rosner launch sonic storytelling streetwear project
A new project led by HCDE PhD student Brett Halperin and Associate Professor Daniela Rosner asks the question, "how might interactive sonic narrative streetwear support urban community-based amplification of space, place, and belonging?" Urban@UW is supporting this work with a Research Spark Grant.
Fri, 09/23/2022Welcoming new HCDE faculty
HCDE welcomes 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.
Fri, 09/23/2022All Things HCDE Podcast
All Things HCDE is a podcast created by a group of HCDE students in the Summer 2022 Design for Passion series. The 37 minute podcast is now available on HCDE's YouTube Channel.
Thu, 09/15/2022HCDE student Meena Muralikumar receives Google PhD Fellowship
Meena Muralikumar, an HCDE PhD candidate, is awarded the 2022 Google PhD Fellowship in the category of Human Computer Interaction. The Fellowship supports Muralikumar's investigations into supporting UX Practitioners to design with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Wed, 08/24/2022Five ways to work with HCDE students this year
The University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering welcomes alumni and industry professionals to collaborate with current students through several avenues. Find five upcoming opportunities here.
Thu, 08/18/2022HCDE Professor & Chair Julie Kientz named ELATES fellow in national leadership program
HCDE Professor and Chair Julie Kientz has been selected to the Drexel University’s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) fellowship program for the 2022-2023 academic year. ELATES is a national leadership development program designed to promote women in academic STEM fields, and faculty allies of all genders, into institutional leadership roles.
Tue, 08/02/2022 | Designing UpBuilding human-centered ventures
How HCDE Professor Beth Kolko is setting the stage for entrepreneurs to flourish, and PhD Student-turned-CEO Melinda Haughey is bringing her HCDE education to the core of her new company.
Tue, 07/12/2022 | Designing UpMentor Pods
HCDE's new mentorship program paired 185 students with 54 mentors in the 2021-2022 school year. Recent participants weigh in about the benefits of the program for both students and mentors.
Wed, 06/29/2022 | Designing UpEcological Collaboration
In this Q&A with HCDE Research Scientist Shana Hirsch and Associate Professor David Ribes, learn how researchers in HCDE's Data Ecologies Lab are contributing to sustainability, energy futures, and ecological justice.
Fri, 06/24/2022 | Designing UpSupporting Nighttime Reflection
A study by HCDE senior Koyo Nakamura, published in the ACM International Conference on Design of Communication Student Research Competition, looks at how people engage in self-reflection before bedtime, and how designers can support reflection using non-digital means.
Wed, 06/22/2022 | Designing UpBug-Centered Design
A new course on Service Design is an opportunity for HCDE graduate students to connect human-centered design principles to large-scale ecosystems. In the Autumn 2021 Service Design course, one team developed BugBox, a concept for a meal delivery subscription service that uses insect protein.