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Thu, 06/24/2021

Emeritus Professor David Farkas continues as an active researcher and seeks to change patterns of recreation

Since transitioning to emeritus status in 2014, HCDE Professor David K. Farkas has remained an active researcher in the field of technical communication. He recently received the Ken Rainey research award from the Society for Technical Communication for repeatedly demonstrating the ability to make research accessible across academic and industry communities.

Thu, 06/17/2021

Human Centered Design & Engineering students generate winning campaign to bring King County residents back to transit

An industry audit, customer research, and consultation with transit execs informed the HCDE students' approach.

Thu, 06/17/2021

Graduation Address to the class of 2021 by Julie Zhuo

Julie Zhuo, co-founder of Sundial and author of the bestselling book The Making of a Manager, delivered the 2021 Graduation Address for the University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. The 2021 ceremony was recorded live on June 9, 2021.

Tue, 06/15/2021

Ribes and Sutherland co–author new paper about transdisciplinary collaboration in data science

HCDE Professor David Ribes and PhD student Will Sutherland are co-authors on a new paper: Ten simple rules to Cultivate Transdisciplinary Collaboration in Data Science. The paper, published in the PLOS Computational Biology journal, highlights facilitating collaboration, but not replacing the societal function of successful research.

Fri, 06/11/2021

HCDE faculty and staff receive awards from the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering annually acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of the college’s teaching and research assistants, staff and faculty members with awards. In 2021, a new awards category was added for faculty and staff who demonstrated outstanding work during the challenging year of remote operations. Both Kate Starbird, HCDE associate professor, and Leah Pistorius, HCDE communications manager, received awards in the outstanding category.

Thu, 06/10/2021

HCDE 2021 Student Awards of Excellence

With the 2021 HCDE Student Awards of Excellence, HCDE faculty recognize graduate students Jazz Ang, Shelby Zink, Lucas Colusso, Arpita, Honson Ling, Ethel Xu, Patriya Wiesmann, Xuan Song, Shelby Zink, Taylor Honda, Jay Cunningham, Susanne Kirchner, Neilly Herrera Tan, and undergraduate students Kay Waller, Kari Bergstedt, Jordan Yoon-Buck, Lexi Leo Rohrer, and Vishaka Nirmal. The annual awards honor students who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating greatness in academic excellence, leadership and engagement, and innovation.

Thu, 06/10/2021

HCDE Professor Nadya Peek receives UW Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology

Nadya Peek's digital fabrication course relies on in-person instruction in a makerspace where students can access 3D printers. When the pandemic made that impossible, Professor Peek developed a new curriculum that helped students master computer-aided design and 3D printing skills from home.

Tue, 06/01/2021

HCDE Affiliate Instructor Daniella Kim receives the 2021 Mikey Award

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering is presenting the 2021 Mikey Award to Dr. Daniella Kim, UX research leader and an affiliate instructor in HCDE. The Myron L. White Award, or the "Mikey Award," is named after the co-founder of the department. It is presented annually by HCDE faculty to leaders in the field and dedicated friends of the department. 

Mon, 05/24/2021

HCDE PhD student Jay Cunningham in Husky 100

The Husky 100 annually recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. Husky 100 students are making a difference on campus, in their communities, and for the future through their passion, leadership, and commitment.

Tue, 05/11/2021

HCDE students work with WA Department of Health to study COVID–19 exposure notification app

In HCDE's course on usability studies, a student team led a study of Washington State residents to understand reactions to and experiences with the Washington State Exposure Notifications Tool. 

Tue, 05/11/2021

Nadya Peek receives Moore Foundation award to develop new automation tools with scientists

HCDE assistant professor Nadya Peek is the principal investigator on a new project supported by the Moore Foundation to develop modular, low-cost tools for scientific exploration.

Mon, 05/10/2021

Julie Zhuo to deliver 2021 HCDE graduation address

HCDE announces that Julie Zhuo, renowned author and co-founder of Sundial, will deliver the guest commencement address at the HCDE Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Thu, 05/06/2021

HCDE Professor Aragon on the Women in Data Science Podcast

On the “Women in Data Science” podcast, HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon explains how overcoming her fears to become an aerobatic pilot propelled her forward in her career as a data scientist, professor and author.

Thu, 05/06/2021

Announcing The Otherwise School summer program

HCDE announces The Otherwise School, a new summer program aimed at developing tools and techniques of counter-fascism. The Otherwise School is led by HCDE Assistant Professor Sucheta Ghoshal’s research collective, Inquilab, and We Be Imagining, an initiative led by J. Khadijah Abdurahaman. The Summer 2021 program will be held from June 14 – July 23, 2021.

Tue, 05/04/2021

HCDE students explore mental health access in a Design–a–Thon for Social Good

In April 2021, HCDE hosted a Design-a-Thon for Social Good in which students explored barriers to mental health resources experienced by people in underrepresented communities. Learn more about the event and find video pitches from winning student teams here.

Wed, 04/28/2021


Through visual storytelling, UW students explore more-than-human concepts, human relationships with other species and the natural world, and future scenarios of collaborative survival.

Fri, 04/09/2021

Building trustworthy systems

In HCDE's course on designing trustworthy systems, a team of master's students explored a multicultural education strategy for combating misinformation.

Thu, 04/01/2021

HCDE students awarded Graduate Research Fellowships

HCDE PhD students Jay Cunningham, Neilly Herrera Tan, and Emma McDonnell have received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, and PhD student Akeiylah DeWitt is recognized with an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation. These fellowships will support HCDE students in their research related to accessibility, privacy and personal data, and human-centered AI.

Tue, 03/30/2021

HCDE student Annie Liu receives Mary Gates Research Scholarship

With support from the Mary Gates Research Scholarship, HCDE junior Annie Liu will pursue work on interactive installations and spatial experiences as a member of HCDE's Internet of Light research group.

Thu, 03/25/2021

HCDE at CHI 2021

UW HCDE will have a strong presence at the 2021 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), the premier international conference on Human-Computer Interaction. HCDE researchers contributed to 10 papers, including two selected for the Best Paper Award recognition and two selected for Best Paper Honorable Mention recognition. In addition, HCDE students and faculty will present research through other avenues, including a panel discussion, a case study presentation, a special interest group discussion, a workshop for conference attendees, and poster presentations.

Thu, 03/11/2021

Q&A with new Assistant Professor Sucheta Ghoshal

Sucheta Ghoshal joined the HCDE faculty in February 2021. In this Q&A, Professor Ghoshal talks about her background and why she is looking forward to joining HCDE.

Wed, 03/10/2021

HCDE student Annie Liu receives Adobe Research Scholarship

HCDE junior Annie Liu is one of just 15 students across North America awarded the Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship this year. For Liu, the scholarship will enable her to further engage in her research interests, including exploring applications of interactive projection mapping in the home and collaborative spaces.

Wed, 03/10/2021

HCDE 2021 Distinguished Speaker presentation by Helen Nissenbaum on contextual integrity

In March 2021, the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering welcomed Professor Helen Nissenbaum as the Department's 2021 Distinguished Speaker. Watch Professor Nissenbaum's presentation, "Contextual Integrity: Breaking the Grip of Public-Private Distinction for Meaningful Privacy."

Tue, 03/09/2021

HCDE Around the World Instagram Takeover

For a new community-building initiative, HCDE launched "HCDE Around the World," a new Instagram account for members of the community to share bits of their life from wherever they are today.

Wed, 03/03/2021 | UW News

Kate Starbird and UW Center for an Informed Public co-authors report on misinformation and disinformation surrounding the 2020 US election

The Election Integrity Partnership, a nonpartisan coalition of researchers including HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird and the UW Center for an Informed Public, released its final report, “The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Elections.” The report is the culmination of months of collaboration among approximately 120 people working across four organizations.