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Tue, 04/03/2018

HCDE welcomes Dianne Hendricks to the faculty

As a lecturer in HCDE, Dr. Dianne Hendricks will lead the Engineering Communication Program for the College of Engineering. Dr. Hendricks brings an interdisciplinary science and engineering background and extensive experience leading teams and teaching writing-intensive engineering courses.

Mon, 04/02/2018

Sean Munson promoted to associate professor

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering is pleased to announce the promotion of faculty member Dr. Sean Munson to Associate Professor with Tenure, effective at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Mon, 04/02/2018

HCDE at Teaching and Learning Symposium

Researchers from Human Centered Design & Engineering will represent the department through six projects at the 14th annual UW Teaching & Learning Symposium on April 17, 2018.

Fri, 03/23/2018

Reimagining the visitor experience at the new Burke Museum

Led by HCDE Lecturer Tyler Fox, students in a winter-quarter Directed Research Group used human-centered design to develop concepts for visitor engagement opportunities within the new Burke Museum. Students in the course presented their concepts to Burke staff and the HCDE community on March 5, 2018.

Thu, 03/22/2018

Julie Kientz receives Google Research Award to study inclusive media engagement for children

HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz has received a Google Faculty Research Award to study how technology can foster engagement between children with and without disabilities. The research team includes HCDE PhD student Kiley Sobel and iSchool Assistant Professor Jason Yip.

Thu, 03/22/2018 | College of Engineering

A robot confidant

The University of Washington College of Engineering features Project EMAR, a social robot being developed by UW researchers to better understand teen stress and emotional well-being.

Tue, 03/13/2018 | USAID on Medium

USAID Features HCDE Professor Beth Kolko

US Agency for International Development (USAID) features HCDE Professor Beth Kolko and her company Shift Labs as part of their series on Grand Challenge female innovators. USAID supported Shift Labs's DripAssist as one of 14 promising innovations in 2015. Today, the low-cost medical device is used in 19 developing countries and US hospitals.

Thu, 03/08/2018

Starbird receives grant to study disinformation flows

HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird has been awarded a research grant via John Carroll University to analyze social media data related to disinformation flows. 

Thu, 03/01/2018

Students at ConveyUX 2018

HCDE seniors Jason Chen and Bonnie Tran presented research projects on mindfulness and on menstrual health education at the 2018 Convey UX conference on March 1, 2018, in Seattle.

Wed, 02/28/2018 | The Daily

The Daily features EmComp Lab disinformation research

A study by researchers in Assistant Professor Kate Starbird's Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation Lab discovers twitter activity by Russian troll accounts within domestic conversations surrounding gun violence and race relations. The UW Daily reports.

Fri, 02/09/2018 | UW Daily

Student Research Group Designs Website to Salvage Campus Food Waste

The UW Daily highlights recent work by an HCDE Directed Research Group led by lecturer and MS alumna Irini Spyridakis. The group has been working to design a website that can match UW dining hall leftovers with local nonprofits.

Wed, 01/31/2018

Beth Kolko to give talk on innovation to impact at Pacific Science Center

On February 13, 2018, HCDE Professor Beth Kolko will discuss how she scaled an idea to global impact with her company, Shift Labs, in a free public lecture at Pacific Science Center. Listen to a podcast about her upcoming talk, here.

Tue, 01/30/2018

Menstrual Maze student project to compete at CHI 2018

HCDE seniors Bonnie Tran and Leena Choi will present their project Menstrual Maze at the 2018 CHI conference, as part of the Student Design Competition. Menstrual Maze is an educational toy that engages parents, children, and educators in menstrual health and body literacy education. The project aims to address taboos around menstruation, by supporting dialogue on the topic between parents and children ages 4-9.

Fri, 01/26/2018

2018 HCDE Network Night

Current and former Human Centered Design & Engineering students connected at the department's 10th annual Network Night on January 22, 2018. Alumni representing companies such as Amazon, Deloitte Digital, Expedia, Intel, Microsoft, and Salesforce, shared career pathways and job application tips with with HCDE students.

Thu, 01/18/2018 | Interactions Magazine

Sean Munson on Rethinking Assumptions in the Design of Health Tracking Tools

In the current issue of Interactions Magazine, HCDE Assistant Professor Sean Munson discusses six common assumptions in the design of health tracking tools and provides insights about where designers and researchers should go from here.

Fri, 12/29/2017

HCDE students travel to premier conferences in 2017

HCDE students Kristin Dew (PhD), Tsewone Melaku (BS), Dawn Sakaguchi-Tang (PhD), and Himanshu Zade (PhD) describe their experiences participating in several conferences and workshops across the globe in autumn 2017.

Wed, 12/20/2017

HCDE professor leverages technology to pair mothers in academia to lighten holiday burden

This holiday season, HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz used a variety of online tools to organize a giving match between mothers working in academia. She asked academic mothers who are struggling to make ends meet what would help their families, and she matched them with academic mothers who have more than they need and who wanted to help. In all, over 240 gifts purchased for struggling families from women working in academia around the world.

Wed, 12/20/2017

HCDE research group explores bioluminescence for displays

In Autumn 2017, Human Centered Design & Engineering faculty members Brock Craft and Tyler Fox launched a new Directed Research Group to give students hands-on experience creating displays using living organisms.

Thu, 12/07/2017

Beth Kolko gives lecture for Global Innovation Week

HCDE Professor Beth Kolko delivered a talk in Washington, DC, for the 2017 Global Innovation Week, about how her company Shift Labs uses human-centered design to improve medical devices.

Sat, 12/02/2017 | Science Magazine

Scott Miles on Earthquake Early Warning Systems

HCDE Research Scientist Scott Miles recently returned from Mexico where he studied how local residents perceived and used their earthquake early warning system. Miles and his research team summarized their recommendations in an editorial for the December 2017 issue of Science Magazine.

Mon, 11/27/2017

Kate Starbird presents at Engineering lecture series

Recent public debate around “fake news” has highlighted the growing challenge of online misinformation. This complex problem lies at the intersection of technology, human cognition and human behavior — and may make us unwitting accomplices to the spread of incorrect facts and misleading communication. Hear from Kate Starbird, whose research investigates online rumors to explore what conspiracy theories reveal about political propaganda.

Wed, 11/22/2017

Rosner and team receive Seattle Design Foundation grant

A team of designers including HCDE Assistant Professor Daniela Rosner has received the 2017 Seattle Design Foundation grant for a proposed project addressing the question, "How can we better design for future dialogues across generations and demographics?"