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rendering of meal delivery kit including insect protein, recipe cards, ingredients and kit box.

Wed, 06/22/2022 | Designing Up

Bug-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. 

Tue, 06/14/2022 | Designing Up

Year-in-Review Message from HCDE Chair Julie Kientz

Welcome to our annual Designing Up publication, where we highlight activities and accomplishments of students, alumni, and researchers from the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering.

Postcards advertising the Dear Design Exhibition, displayed on a table

Tue, 06/14/2022

'Dear Design' Directed Research Group now on exhibition in Sieg Building

In Dear Design, a HCDE Directed Research Group led by Professor Cindy Atman, students explored their design processes by creating postcard representations of their ideal "design signatures." Artifacts created by the students are now on display in a pop-up gallery on the fourth floor of Sieg Building.

Professor Julie Kientz behind the podium at the graduation ceremony

Fri, 06/10/2022

2022 Graduation & Awards Ceremony

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering held its 2022 Graduation & Awards Ceremony on the morning of Wednesday, June 8, in the Husky Union Building Ballroom. In 2022, the Department awarded 92 students Bachelor of Science degrees, 137 with Master of Science degrees, and 7 with doctoral degrees. 

Kathlyne Taylor receiving HCDE Award for Academic Excellence

Fri, 06/10/2022

2022 Awards of Excellence

HCDE faculty annually recognize outstanding students with Awards of Excellence. These awards honor students who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating greatness in Academic Excellence, Leadership and Engagement, Innovation, and—new in 2022—Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Gail Thynes on stage at the HCDE graduation ceremony with HCDE faculty behind her

Fri, 06/10/2022

HCDE alumna and supporter Gail Thynes receives the 2022 Mikey Award

HCDE presents the 2022 Mikey Award to HCDE alumna Gail Thynes. 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 a leader in the field and dedicated friends of the department. 

Dimeji on stage at graduation with the HCDE faculty behind him

Fri, 06/10/2022

2022 HCDE graduation address by Dimeji Onafuwa

Dr. Dimeji Onafuwa delivered the guest Commencement Address for the HCDE 2022 Graduation Ceremony. View the full text of Dr. Onafuwa's address, "Make Space for Others," here.

Dean Nancy Allbritton on stage with Alanna holding an award

Thu, 06/02/2022

Program Coordinator Alanna Daniels receives College of Engineering Staff Award

The College of Engineering annually acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of the college’s teaching and research assistants, staff and faculty members with awards. In 2022, Engineering Dean Nancy Allbritton recognizes Alanna Daniels, HCDE Program Coordinator, with the outstanding staff award.

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Fri, 05/13/2022

Students recognize HCDE instructors with FACET Awards

HCDE instructors Elin Björling, Sean Munson, and Mark Zachry are recognized with awards from the Career Center @ Engineering's Faculty Appreciation for Career Education & Training (FACET) program. This student-nominated award recognizes engineering faculty who have helped students with professional development through mentorship and career preparation.

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Tue, 05/03/2022

HCDE at CHI 2022

UW HCDE has strong presence at the 2022 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), the premier international conference on Human-Computer Interaction. HCDE researchers contributed to 19 papers, including one selected for the Best Paper Award recognition and three selected for Best Paper Honorable Mention recognition. 

Cecilia giving a thumbs up from the pilot seat in a plane

Mon, 05/02/2022 | University of Washington

Video: HCDE professor Cecilia Aragon overcame her fears to become an aerobatics pilot

A new short film about HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon explores her life-changing journey from being a novice pilot with an intense fear of heights to becoming the first Latina pilot on the US Aerobatic Team and UW Engineering professor.

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Mon, 04/25/2022

Four HCDE students named in the 2022 Husky 100

Human Centered Design & Engineering students Alissa Acheson, Elizabeth Dunbar, Kenya Mejia, and IB Sobayo are named to the 2022 cohort of the Husky 100. This program annually recognizes 100 students across the UW's three campuses for their outstanding work and extracurricular achievements.

Wed, 03/30/2022

Q&A with new Assistant Professor Sayamindu Dasgupta

HCDE welcomed Sayamindu Dasgupta to the faculty as an Assistant Professor in January 2022. Dr. Dasgupta came to HCDE from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was an Assistant Professor in the School of Information and Library Science. Read on to learn more about Dr. Dasgupta's research and background, and join HCDE in welcoming him to the faculty.

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Mon, 03/28/2022 | UW Engineering

Learning outcomes

When COVID-19 shifted in-person learning to remote, instructors pivoted to teaching courses online. UW Engineering faculty, including HCDE prof Nadya Peek, share what they’re integrating into their classrooms now that they’re back on campus.

Cecilia on stage

Sun, 03/20/2022

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon gives Women in Data Science keynote on "The Rigorous and Human Life of Data"

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon gave a keynote presentation at the 2022 Women in Data Science annual conference.

Kate on Zoom

Sun, 03/20/2022 | Center for an Informed Public

HCDE Professor Kate Starbird presents at MisinfoDay 2022

HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird, faculty director of the Center for an Informed Public, co-hosted two virtual workshops for MisinfoDay 2022. View the recorded presentations of "How to Talk With Friends or Family Who Believe Misinformation" and "Why We Fall for Misinformation."

Cecilia on stage

Wed, 03/09/2022

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon gives TED Talk about the world of fanfiction

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon presented a TED Talk about the world of fanfiction, and how the creative outlet encourages and empowers young people to embrace their imagination and fosters a sense of belonging.

Book cover

Tue, 03/01/2022

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon authors new book on Human-Centered Data Science

Human-Centered Data Science: An Introduction, a new book by HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon, is out now through MIT Press. In the book, Aragon and co-authors Shion Guha, Marina Kogan, Michael Muller, and Gina Neff, explore best practices for addressing the bias and inequality that may result from the automated collection, analysis, and distribution of large datasets.

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Tue, 02/22/2022

HCDE study looks at online communities for youth transitioning out of foster care

A new study by HCDE researchers is aimed at supporting the transition out of foster care by understanding what former foster youth are connecting about online.

Phil headshot on gold background

Thu, 01/27/2022

Alumnus Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, receives Engineering Diamond Award

HCDE alumnus Phil Spencer (BS '90) is the 2022 recipient of the College of Engineering Diamond Award in the category of Distinguished Achievement in Industry. Spencer is CEO of gaming at Microsoft, where he heads the Xbox brand and leads the global creative and engineering teams responsible for gaming at Microsoft.


Munson and Aragon headshots on gold background

Wed, 12/15/2021

HCDE Professors Cecilia Aragon and Sean Munson named Distinguished Members of the ACM

HCDE Professors Cecilia Aragon and Sean Munson are named Distinguished Members of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for their outstanding scientific contributions to computing. Dr. Aragon is recognized for her research contributions to multiple computational areas related to processing large datasets, and Dr. Munson is recognized for his research contributions in social and collaborative health technologies.

Mon, 12/06/2021 | College of Engineering

Fostering an Informed Society

When the Center for an Informed Public (CIP) launched in December 2019, no one knew what lay ahead. Kate Starbird, HCDE associate professor and CIP director, reflects on the CIP’s first two years and where it’s headed next.

Chairs in a hospital waiting room

Thu, 11/18/2021 | UW News

A chatbot can help doctors better understand incoming emergency department patients’ social needs

A team of researchers including HCDE's Raina Langevin, Rafal Kocielnik, Gary Hsieh, Amelia Wang, and Alexander Argyle developed a chatbot to ask emergency department visitors about social needs, including housing, food, access to medical care, and physical safety.

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Mon, 11/08/2021

HCDE research recognized at 2021 CSCW

HCDE researchers David Ribes, Will Sutherland, Tom Wilson, Kate Starbird, Emma McDonnell, Steven Goodman, Leah Findlater, Andrew Berry, and Calvin Liang are recognized with Best Paper and Honorable Mention awards at the 2021 CSCW conference.

Tue, 10/19/2021

Grant from Vaccine Confidence Fund supports UW study on access and trust of COVID-19 vaccine research on social media

An interdisciplinary team from the University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, and UW School of Medicine received a grant from the Vaccine Confidence Fund to advance access to, and trust of, COVID-19 vaccine research.