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Tue, 06/13/2023

HCDE researchers receive NSF RAPID grant to investigate workplace accountability amidst recent tech layoffs

A research team led by HCDE assistant professor Sucheta Ghoshal has received a new grant to study systems of workplace accountability in the wake of recent layoffs in the US technology industry.
If you were laid off from the tech industry in 2022-2023, the research team invites you to share about experiences and how this has shaped your future career goals.

Jerrod Larson

Mon, 06/12/2023

HCDE alumnus Jerrod Larson receives the 2023 Mikey Award

HCDE presents the 2023 Mikey Award to HCDE alumnus Dr. Jerrod Larson. 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 dedicated supporter of the department.

Andy Davidson seated at a whiteboard table in the HCDE Design Lab classroom

Fri, 06/02/2023 | Designing Up

Retirement Reflections from HCDE Professor Andy Davidson

Andrew Davidson, an Associate Teaching Professor in HCDE, is retiring after serving on the HCDE faculty for 11 years. Professor Davidson reflects on his favorite memories from teaching in HCDE and what he is looking forward to next.

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Thu, 06/01/2023

PhD student Emma McDonnell receives Dennis Lang Award from UW Disability Studies Program

HCDE PhD student Emma McDonnell received a Dennis Lang Award from the University of Washington's Disability Studies Program. This award recognizes McDonnell for her research on accessible communication technologies and commitment to disability justice.

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Tue, 05/23/2023 | UW News

Q&A: Have a favorite food memory? How technology can help take you back

Even with access to recipes online or passed down through generations, it’s hard to balance the complicated process of cooking with the sensory details from a memory. HCDE PhD student Danli Luo has developed a toolkit of sensors and controllers that helped her re-create three dishes from growing up in China: rice wine, tofu and spring roll wrappers.

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Mon, 05/22/2023

HCDE students, faculty, and staff named 2023 College of Engineering Awardees

The College of Engineering recognizes HCDE faculty members Kristin Dew and Kate Starbird, HCDE staff Elin Bjorling and Jane Skau, and HCDE PhD student Sourojit Ghosh for their extraordinary efforts supporting the College through research, teaching, and administrative support.

Shenna Shim

Thu, 05/18/2023

HCDE senior Shenna Shim presents at 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium

HCDE senior Shenna Shim is presenting new research on creative coding and remixing behaviors at the 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 19. Shim's project, "Forking a Sketch: How the OpenProcessing Community Uses Remixing to Collect, Annotate, Tune, and Extend Creative Code," explores the practice of remixing in the field of creative coding. Collaborators with Shim on this work are PhD student Blair Subbaraman and HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek. 

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Wed, 05/03/2023

Christopher Reid to deliver 2023 HCDE Graduation Address

HCDE announces that Dr. Christopher Reid, expert in human factors and wearable technology, will deliver the guest graduation address at the HCDE Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 9, 2023.

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Mon, 04/24/2023

Three HCDE students in 2023 Husky 100

Human Centered Design & Engineering students Dawit Borrows, John Fowler, and Amodini Khade are named to the 2023 cohort of the Husky 100. This program annually recognizes 100 students across the UW's three campuses for their outstanding work and extracurricular achievements.

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Sun, 04/23/2023

HCDE at CHI 2023

UW HCDE has strong presence at the 2023 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), the premier international conference on Human-Computer Interaction. HCDE researchers contributed to 17 papers, including two selected for the Best Paper Award recognition and one selected for Best Paper Honorable Mention recognition.

Shana Hirsch

Thu, 04/20/2023

HCDE Research Scientist Shana Hirsch receives UW EarthLab grant to support equitable and resilient floodplain solutions

Dr. Shana Lee Hirsch, a research scientist in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, is on a multidisciplinary team that received a $75,000 Innovation Grant from UW EarthLab to support equitable and resilient floodplain solutions.

David Ribes

Thu, 04/20/2023

HCDE Professor David Ribes receives NSF award for HIV/AIDS Research Community Development Project

HCDE Associate Professor David Ribes has received a Research Community Development grant from the National Science Foundation to support cutting-edge research on social aspects of HIV/AIDS.

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Fri, 04/07/2023

Brock Craft on demystifying ChatGPT for academics

On April 5, 2023, HCDE Teaching Professor Brock Craft participated in a UW faculty panel presentation about the use of ChatGPT in academia. Panelists discussed the impact ChatGPT has on teaching, how to make informed decisions about the use of ChatGPT, and generally how to use AI technology responsibly in enhancing student learning. View the panel recording here.

Brett Halperin

Mon, 04/03/2023

Brett Halperin awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

HCDE PhD student Brett Halperin has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) to support his research on computational cinema and media design for social change with an emphasis on housing justice.

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Sun, 04/02/2023

Support HCDE students on Husky Giving Day

On Husky Giving Day April 6, support HCDE students by expanding access to conference travel. Your gift enriches the HCDE student experience and enhances HCDE's influence in the field.

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Fri, 03/31/2023

Designing new sex education resources with trans and queer youth

HCDE PhD candidate Calvin Liang is working with trans and queer youth to design an online sex education resource and build more inclusive sexual health experiences for all.

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Tue, 03/07/2023

Shana Hirsch publishes new report on US marine energy technological innovation system

In a new report produced for the University Marine Energy Research Community, HCDE Research Scientist Dr. Shana Hirsch provides a systematic analysis of the marine energy research and innovation ecosystem, with the goal of spurring innovation and collaboration across marine energy and adjacent sectors.

course showcases winter 2023

Fri, 03/03/2023

Winter 2023 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 Winter 2023 Course Showcases here.

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Fri, 02/24/2023

HCDE Professor Cindy Atman presents at Extraordinary Engineering Impacts on Society symposium

HCDE Professor Cindy Atman presented her research on Design Signatures at the National Science Foundation's 2022 Extraordinary Engineering Impacts on Society symposium. Atman's Design Signatures project aims to help designers track activities in their design processes, helping them visualize their processes to become better designers over time. View a recording of the presentation here.

Kai Lukoff

Tue, 02/14/2023

HCDE PhD alumnus Kai Lukoff receives SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation Award

HCDE PhD alumnus Dr. Kai Lukoff has received an ACM SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation Award. Lukoff's dissertation focused on how people can gain greater control over the time they spend with digital technology.

Leslie Coney UW

Wed, 02/01/2023

PhD student Leslie Coney receives Google Health Equity award to design for Black maternal health

Leslie Coney, a second-year PhD student in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, has received a research award from the newly announced Google Health Equity Research Initiative. This grant supports Coney's work aimed at connecting Black birthing individuals with non-hospital care networks. 

Alexis Hope USA Fellowship

Wed, 02/01/2023

HCDE alumna Alexis Hope named USA Fellow in Architecture & Design

HCDE alumna Dr. Alexis Hope (BS '10, 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.

Karen Kasonic

Tue, 01/31/2023

HCDE 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.

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Mon, 01/30/2023 | UW Electrical & Computer Engineering

HCDE 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.

Rachel Barnecut

Sat, 01/28/2023 | UW Magazine

Alumna 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.