News & Events



January 15, 2010 

UW to Host NAE Grand Challenges Summit

Panel discussions with eminent engineers and a student design competition. Registration now open.


January 10, 2010 

Charlotte Lee and Julie Kientz Awarded NSF Career Awards

HCDE Professors Charlotte Lee and Julie Kientz have each been awarded NSF Career Awards.


October 1, 2009 

April Kedrowicz consults with the HCDE Engineering Communication Program

Dr. April Kedrowicz, University of Utah, consults with the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Engineering Communication Program.


September 30, 2009 

Chillin' with Julie Kientz

A background in computer science and an interest in the broader societal impact of Health and Education led Professor Julie Kientz to create the Computing for Healthy Living and Learning (CHiLL) Laboratory.


September 30, 2009 

Matt Shobe's Daring Adventure

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” These eloquent words by Hellen Keller have influenced the life of Matt Shobe, an MSTC alum and very successful entrepreneur.


September 29, 2009 

Charlotte Lee Gets Her Ducks in a Row

The Computer Supported Collaboration (CSC) Laboratory was launched this year to research the design of information systems shared by multiple groups of users.


September 29, 2009 

Ramey's Long Deserved R and R

After being chair of UWTC for 11 years, it would seem like Judy Ramey would prefer her year-long sabbatical to be filled with relaxation and hard-earned quiet time.


September 29, 2009 

Information Design Class Goes Green

The mayor of Lake Forest Park (LFP) recently issued a proclamation acknowledging the contribution of HCDE students to LFP’s environmental outreach efforts. These are the students in the evening Master’s program who were enrolled during winter quarter in Professor Dave Farkas’ course Information Design (TC 510).


September 29, 2009 

A New Name for an Expanding Department

On January 1, 2009, the Department of Technical Communication (TC) rang in the new year with a new department name: Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE). The new name helps to highlight the expanding curriculum and research of a department that has been in the UW College of Engineering for over three decades.


September 29, 2009 

Bucky to the Rescue

HCDE has a new a mascot: Bucky the PeopleBot robot. PeopleBot is a trade name of Mobile Robots, Inc., which builds robots for research and industry.


September 24, 2009 

ATTW Call for Papers

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) invites proposals for papers, poster presentations, and workshops to be given at its annual conference immediately preceding the CCCC, March 17, 2010. This year's conference theme is "Synergies: The Intersections of Research and Teaching" and the conference will be held in Louisville, KY.


September 23, 2009 

HCDE Wins Dawg Daze Contest

Thanks largely to our energetic and proactive student assistants Maryam Ahmed and Matthew Stonebroker, HCDE won honors in the Dawg Daze annual decoration challenge aimed to welcome new and returning students with spirit. What a great way to show off our new space, too!


September 10, 2009 

Beth Kolko Survives Indonesia Earthquake

Beth Kolko experienced the magnitude 7 earthquake on Java, Indonesia September 7 while on the 13th floor of an office building. She has been interviewed by CNN regarding the incident. Kolko was in the area conducting research.


July 25, 2009 

HCDE Students and Faculty Shine at 2009 IPCC Conference

The 2009 IPCC Conference was held July 19–22 in Hawaii. Students and faculty from the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) attended and presented in record numbers.


June 15, 2009 

Keith Butler Joins HCDE as Affiliate Faculty

Keith Butler earned his PhD at Tufts University in cognitive psychology and quantitative research methods. He has been a lecturer at Emmanuel College, a member of technical staff at Bell Labs, a technical fellow at Boeing, and recently a director at Microsoft. He is one of the originators of usability engineering, and a former chair of the SIGCHI conference. His current research interests focus on effective information systems for health care, and synchronizing the representations used by designers and programmers. His website is at:


June 13, 2009 

Annual HCDE Awards Presented at 2009 Graduation Ceremony

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) recognized five students and one community member for the department's annual recognition awards, presented at the 2009 graduation ceremony on June 13th.


June 1, 2009 

Qualitative Research Projects Presented Thursday

All invited to attend the final presentations for Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Professor Charlotte Lee's TC598 Qualitative Research Methods.


May 29, 2009 

Advisor Gian Bruno wins Community of Innovators Award

HCDE's advisor Gian Bruno won the College of Engineering's Community of Innovator Award in the category of Professional Staff. Way to go, Gian!


May 28, 2009 

Mark Haselkorn participating in Maritime and Port Security Summit

The 2nd Annual Conference on Safety and Security Education and Research (SASER) is being held in conjunction with the 2009 Maritime and Port Security Summit: Resiliency Planning in a Difficult Economy. The summit will be held on May 28th and 29th at the Bell Harbor Conference Center, Seattle, WA.


May 19, 2009 

Personas in Software User Assistance

Prof. David Farkas will present, "Constructing and Using Personas in Software User Assistance" at the May 19 Puget Sound Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication meeting.


May 11, 2009 

Warren to present at Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Jacob Warren will present his research at the Annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 15th. Jacob will present his findings from the Windows Mobile 6.1 Help System User Research Project led by HCDE Lecturer Karen Kasonic.


May 10, 2009 

HCDE Sponsors DUB Reception at CHI 2009

The University of Washington's Design, Use, Build (DUB) group, a coalition of faculty and students working in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), hosted a reception for friends and colleagues at the CHI 2009 Conference. Over 300 people attended the event intended to celebrate the success of UW at the CHI conference this year. The event was co-sponsored by numerous faculty and DUB-affiliated departments and organizations, including Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE).


May 5, 2009 

Kientz Builds Baby Steps System

Assistant Professor Julie Kientz has built a high-tech tool that takes photos and video, creates an online diary and family newsletters, and at the same time tracks a child's developmental milestones. The multimedia system is called Baby Steps and is getting press here in the US and in Dutch media outlets.


May 1, 2009 

Atman wins David B. Thorud Leadership Award

Professor Cindy Atman has received the David B. Thorud Leadership Award, which honors those who lead, serve, inspire and collaborate beyond regular responsibilities.