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Thu, 11/02/2017

Starbird to study how people adapt after earthquakes

HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird is embarking on a research project to study how people adapt to power outages and water shortages immediately following a natural disaster, to help policymakers, businesses and individuals better prepare for the future. The team will use earthquakes in Los Angeles as a case study.

Wed, 10/04/2017

Remembering Mike Sinkula

HCDE mourns the loss of dedicated alumnus and affiliate faculty member Mike Sinkula. Mike graduated with his Master's in HCDE in 2014 and has been an instructor of HCDE's user-centered web design course ever since. He passed away in his home on Friday, September 27, 2017.

Thu, 09/28/2017

Kolko receives global health innovators award

Shift Labs, the medical device company started by HCDE Professor Beth Kolko, has received the Global Health Innovator Award at the 2017 MedTech Conference for their work developing DripAssist, a low-cost, intuitively-designed portable infusion rate monitor.

Mon, 09/18/2017

Nadya Peek to join HCDE faculty

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) is pleased to announce that Dr. Nadya Peek will join the department’s faculty as an assistant professor, beginning February 2018. Peek will bring a wealth of knowledge in machines and digital fabrication to HCDE’s interdisciplinary faculty.

Mon, 09/11/2017

HCDE center to host workshop on reflection in Engineering education

HCDE's Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT) is hosting a two-day workshop on reflection in engineering education, bringing over 60 leaders in this emerging community together on the UW campus on September 14-15, 2017.

Wed, 08/16/2017 | College of Engineering

Tsewone Melaku is Making STEM Education Accessible

HCDE major Tsewone Melaku is aligning her interests in engineering with her passion to make STEM education accessible to underrepresented high school students.

Fri, 08/11/2017 | The Whole U

Whole U Faculty Friday Spotlights Julie Kientz

The University of Washington's Whole U catches up with HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz for a Faculty Friday spotlight. By limiting technology's user burdens, Kientz crafts diverse applications to benefit population health as director of HCDE's Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Lab.

Wed, 07/12/2017

Atman receives Goldsmith award from IEEE Professional Communication Society

HCDE Professor Cynthia J. Atman will receive the 2017 Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communication from the IEEE Professional Communication Society.

Wed, 06/28/2017

Leah Findlater joins HCDE faculty

HCDE is pleased to announce that Dr. Leah Findlater is joining the department as an assistant professor, bringing her expertise in the area of accessibility for mobile and wearable technologies to our interdisciplinary faculty.

Thu, 06/01/2017 | College of Engineering

Aiming for the STARS

The College of Engineering profiles HCDE senior Tuyen Truong, one of three students from STARS’ first cohort who is graduating this year. Launched in 2013, the STARS academic redshirt program is designed to increase the number of students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who graduate with UW engineering degrees by providing them with extra academic support, community, mentoring and funding.

Fri, 05/26/2017

HCDE team receives distinguished article award

HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn, PhD candidate Robin E. Mays, and PhD alumna Professor Rebecca Walton are awarded the Frank R. Smith award for outstanding journal article at the 2017 Society for Technical Communication’s annual awards event.

Tue, 04/25/2017

College of Engineering Awards

The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering celebrates two department recipients of the annual faculty, staff, and student awards from the College of Engineering. Assistant Professor Sean Munson will receive the 2017 junior faculty award, and PhD student Kerem Özcan will receive the student award for excellence in teaching.

Wed, 04/19/2017 | UW Engineering

New Engineering Admissions Process

Wed, 02/22/2017

Remembering Lee Paul Sieg

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the United States presidential executive order 9066, the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering celebrates our building's namesake, University of Washington President Lee Paul Sieg, a leader who demonstrated compassion for the University’s Japanese American students during World War II.

Fri, 04/01/2016

Sean Munson receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation

HCDE Assistant Professor Sean Munson has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation. The five-year grant will fund Munson’s research on helping people find value in personal informatics data.