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Fri, 09/23/2022

All Things HCDE Podcast

All Things HCDE is a podcast created by a group of HCDE students in the Summer 2022 Design for Passion series. The 37 minute podcast is now available on HCDE's YouTube Channel.

Meena Muralikumar

Thu, 09/15/2022

HCDE student Meena Muralikumar receives Google PhD Fellowship

Meena Muralikumar, an HCDE PhD candidate, is awarded the 2022 Google PhD Fellowship in the category of Human Computer Interaction. The Fellowship supports Muralikumar's investigations into supporting UX Practitioners to design with Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

Graphic with Julie's headshot and ELATES Fellow '22-'23

Thu, 08/18/2022

HCDE Professor & Chair Julie Kientz named ELATES fellow in national leadership program

HCDE Professor and Chair Julie Kientz has been selected to the Drexel University’s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) fellowship program for the 2022-2023 academic year. ELATES is a national leadership development program designed to promote women in academic STEM fields, and faculty allies of all genders, into institutional leadership roles. 

Beth Kolko and Melinda Haughey

Tue, 08/02/2022 | Designing Up

Building human-centered ventures 

How HCDE Professor Beth Kolko is setting the stage for entrepreneurs to flourish, and PhD Student-turned-CEO Melinda Haughey is bringing her HCDE education to the core of her new company.

Three people sitting around a table outside

Tue, 07/12/2022 | Designing Up

Mentor Pods

HCDE's new mentorship program paired 185 students with 54 mentors in the 2021-2022 school year. Recent participants weigh in about the benefits of the program for both students and mentors.

Mt Rainier with purple sky and bright sun

Wed, 06/29/2022 | Designing Up

Ecological Collaboration

In this Q&A with HCDE Research Scientist Shana Hirsch and Associate Professor David Ribes, learn how researchers in HCDE's Data Ecologies Lab are contributing to sustainability, energy futures, and ecological justice.

Stock photo of a dimly lit person looking at their phone with one hand and covering part of their face with the other.

Fri, 06/24/2022 | Designing Up

Supporting Nighttime Reflection

A study by HCDE senior Koyo Nakamura, published in the ACM International Conference on Design of Communication Student Research Competition, looks at how people engage in self-reflection before bedtime, and how designers can support reflection using non-digital means.

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.

Elin, Sean, Mark headshot

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.

CHI 2022 logo

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.

4 headshots with Husky 100 logo

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.

Nadya headshot

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.