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Wed, 09/01/2021

Shana Hirsch & David Ribes on applying knowledge infrastructure work to renewable energy technologies

In a new paper in the journal Energy Research & Social Science, HCDE researchers Shana Hirsch and David Ribes discuss how HCDE research can be applied to issues of climate change, mitigation, and transitioning to a green energy future.

Tue, 08/31/2021

HCDE Professor Ghoshal on The Otherwise School summer program

In a new summer program led by HCDE Assistant Professor Sucheta Ghoshal and collaborator J. Khadijah Abdurahaman, students from around the world explored designing tools and techniques for counter-fascism. The program was oriented around learning from social movements and community organizations that are fighting repression, violence, and extraction—particularly in the context of India, Tigray, Oromia, and the Black US South. In this article, Ghoshal describes how the program came to be and outcomes from the 2021 cohort.

Wed, 08/18/2021

HCDE researchers receive honorable mention paper award at conference for Conversational User Interfaces

A team including HCDE researchers including Rafal Kocielnik, Raina Langevin, Amelia Wang, Alex Argyle, and Gary Hsieh received an honorable mention award at the 2021 Conference for Conversational User Interfaces (CUI 2021) for their paper about understanding preferences for conversational user interfaces in healthcare settings.

Tue, 08/17/2021

HCDE Professor Kate Starbird, colleagues receive $2.25 million from NSF to support disinformation research

The University of Washington's Center for an Informed Public (CIP) announced a new $2.25 million award from the National Science Foundation to study ways to apply collaborative, rapid-response research to mitigate online disinformation.

Fri, 07/16/2021 | UW Population Health

Co–designing a technology intervention to support the health and development of children

HCDE Professor Julie Kientz and PhD student Akeiylah DeWitt are developing a smartphone-based technology that will provide culturally relevant activities and health recommendations to support healthy child development. Partnering with Kientz and DeWitt is Kendra Liljenquist from the Department of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine. The researchers hope this technology can reduce disparities in access to child health promotion resources in King County.

Thu, 07/08/2021

HCDE capstone students create a new business providing ready–to–sew clothing kits

For their capstone project, HCDE students Sabreen Mohammed, Grace Barar, Nadir Tareen, and Kevin Kuo create Novoloom: a brand of ready-to-sew clothing kits that empower people to create their own custom clothes.

Fri, 07/02/2021

Sayamindu Dasgupta joins the HCDE faculty

Dr. Sayamindu Dasgupta is an educator, designer, and researcher who studies creative learning technologies for young people, especially in contexts of the communities that they live, learn, and play in. Dasgupta joins the HCDE faculty as an assistant professor, beginning in January 2022.

Fri, 07/02/2021

New gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies supports Center for an Informed Public

The UW's Center for an Informed Public announces a $1 million gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to support the multidisciplinary research center's rapid-response research of election-related mis- and disinformation. HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird is a co-founder of the Center.

Fri, 07/02/2021

Message to the Class of 2021 from Mikey Award recipient Daniella Kim

HCDE presented the department's annual award, the Mikey Award, to affiliate instructor Dr. Daniella Kim. Dr. Kim received the award at the 2021 Graduation & Awards ceremony on June 9, and had a message for the graduating students. Find the transcript of Dr. Kim's remarks here.

Tue, 06/29/2021

Mary–Colleen Jenkins and Tina Loucks–Jaret present award winning work at the UW Teaching and Learning Symposium

Mary-Colleen Jenkins and Tina Loucks-Jaret, two HCDE Lecturers who teach courses within the Engineering Communication Program, were recognized with award-winning work at the University of Washington's 2021 Teaching and Learning Symposium. Jenkins and Loucks-Jaret presented about using break out rooms to increase student engagement, bias-free and inclusive language for Engineering students, and fostering collaborative teams in online learning.

Thu, 06/24/2021

Emeritus Professor David Farkas continues as an active researcher and seeks to change patterns of recreation

Since transitioning to emeritus status in 2014, HCDE Professor David K. Farkas has remained an active researcher in the field of technical communication. He recently received the Ken Rainey research award from the Society for Technical Communication for repeatedly demonstrating the ability to make research accessible across academic and industry communities.

Thu, 06/17/2021

Human Centered Design & Engineering students generate winning campaign to bring King County residents back to transit

An industry audit, customer research, and consultation with transit execs informed the HCDE students' approach.

Thu, 06/17/2021

Graduation Address to the class of 2021 by Julie Zhuo

Julie Zhuo, co-founder of Sundial and author of the bestselling book The Making of a Manager, delivered the 2021 Graduation Address for the University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. The 2021 ceremony was recorded live on June 9, 2021.

Tue, 06/15/2021

Ribes and Sutherland co–author new paper about transdisciplinary collaboration in data science

HCDE Professor David Ribes and PhD student Will Sutherland are co-authors on a new paper: Ten simple rules to Cultivate Transdisciplinary Collaboration in Data Science. The paper, published in the PLOS Computational Biology journal, highlights facilitating collaboration, but not replacing the societal function of successful research.

Fri, 06/11/2021

HCDE faculty and staff receive awards from the College of Engineering

The College of Engineering annually acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of the college’s teaching and research assistants, staff and faculty members with awards. In 2021, a new awards category was added for faculty and staff who demonstrated outstanding work during the challenging year of remote operations. Both Kate Starbird, HCDE associate professor, and Leah Pistorius, HCDE communications manager, received awards in the outstanding category.

Thu, 06/10/2021

HCDE 2021 Student Awards of Excellence

With the 2021 HCDE Student Awards of Excellence, HCDE faculty recognize graduate students Jazz Ang, Shelby Zink, Lucas Colusso, Arpita, Honson Ling, Ethel Xu, Patriya Wiesmann, Xuan Song, Shelby Zink, Taylor Honda, Jay Cunningham, Susanne Kirchner, Neilly Herrera Tan, and undergraduate students Kay Waller, Kari Bergstedt, Jordan Yoon-Buck, Lexi Leo Rohrer, and Vishaka Nirmal. The annual awards honor students who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating greatness in academic excellence, leadership and engagement, and innovation.

Thu, 06/10/2021

HCDE Professor Nadya Peek receives UW Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovation with Technology

Nadya Peek's digital fabrication course relies on in-person instruction in a makerspace where students can access 3D printers. When the pandemic made that impossible, Professor Peek developed a new curriculum that helped students master computer-aided design and 3D printing skills from home.

Tue, 06/01/2021

HCDE Affiliate Instructor Daniella Kim receives the 2021 Mikey Award

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering is presenting the 2021 Mikey Award to Dr. Daniella Kim, UX research leader and an affiliate instructor in HCDE. 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 leaders in the field and dedicated friends of the department. 

Mon, 05/24/2021

HCDE PhD student Jay Cunningham in Husky 100

The Husky 100 annually recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. Husky 100 students are making a difference on campus, in their communities, and for the future through their passion, leadership, and commitment.

Tue, 05/11/2021

HCDE students work with WA Department of Health to study COVID–19 exposure notification app

In HCDE's course on usability studies, a student team led a study of Washington State residents to understand reactions to and experiences with the Washington State Exposure Notifications Tool. 

Tue, 05/11/2021

Nadya Peek receives Moore Foundation award to develop new automation tools with scientists

HCDE assistant professor Nadya Peek is the principal investigator on a new project supported by the Moore Foundation to develop modular, low-cost tools for scientific exploration.

Thu, 05/06/2021

HCDE Professor Aragon on the Women in Data Science Podcast

On the “Women in Data Science” podcast, HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon explains how overcoming her fears to become an aerobatic pilot propelled her forward in her career as a data scientist, professor and author.

Thu, 05/06/2021

Announcing The Otherwise School summer program

HCDE announces The Otherwise School, a new summer program aimed at developing tools and techniques of counter-fascism. The Otherwise School is led by HCDE Assistant Professor Sucheta Ghoshal’s research collective, Inquilab, and We Be Imagining, an initiative led by J. Khadijah Abdurahaman. The Summer 2021 program will be held from June 14 – July 23, 2021.

Tue, 05/04/2021

HCDE students explore mental health access in a Design–a–Thon for Social Good

In April 2021, HCDE hosted a Design-a-Thon for Social Good in which students explored barriers to mental health resources experienced by people in underrepresented communities. Learn more about the event and find video pitches from winning student teams here.

Wed, 04/28/2021


Through visual storytelling, UW students explore more-than-human concepts, human relationships with other species and the natural world, and future scenarios of collaborative survival.