News & Events



November 25, 2019 

Dawn Sakaguchi Tang reports on 2019 AMIA symposium

HCDE PhD student Dawn Sakaguchi-Tang reports on attending and presenting at the 2019 AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) Annual Symposium in Washington DC.


November 14, 2019 

Michael Beach reports on 2019 SLSA conference

HCDE PhD student Michael Beach reports on attending the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, hosted by the University of California, Irvine.


November 8, 2019 

Professor Beth Kolko attends Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

Beth Kolko, HCDE Professor and CEO of Shift Labs, attended the 2019 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Annual Meeting, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on October 27, 2019. There she presented recent work looking at how Shift Labs' DripAssist Infusion Rate Monitor can improve maternal health.


November 5, 2019 

HCDE PhD Preliminary Exam presentations

Join the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering for special presentations from HCDE PhD students in their second year in the program. Students will describe a research project, including methods and any results thus far, and how this research contributes to the field. Individual presentations will be 16 minutes with time for a brief Q & A after each talk.


October 28, 2019 

HCDE + Microsoft Mentor program: Bridging the gap from academia to industry

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and Microsoft are in the second year of a new partnership designed to pair students with a professional mentor to ease the transition from school to the workforce.


October 22, 2019 

HCDE Alumni Q&A: Amy Racher (UCD '14)

"I thoroughly enjoyed the whole program from the professors to the team projects and everything in-between," writes Amy Racher, a 2014 graduate of HCDE's User-Centered Design Certificate. Read more about Amy's experience in HCDE and her advice for future students in a new alumni Q&A.


October 15, 2019 

HCDE at CSCW 2019

The annual Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) brings together top researchers and practitioners who study technologies that support collaboration and new ways of living and working together. Several HCDE students, alumni, and faculty are presenting their latest research and discoveries at CSCW 2019 – learn more about these projects here.


October 10, 2019 

Announcing our five year strategic plan

The HCDE strategic plan was developed over the past year and a half by a committee of HCDE faculty, staff, and students, with broad input from the community. Our goals represent our commitment to expanding awareness of our research and academic programs, advancing diversity and equity across our work and communities, and ensuring that we maintain a world-class educational experience.


October 10, 2019 

HCDE Study Abroad in London

In September 2019, a team of UW students and faculty took a deep dive into experience design in one of the world's most vibrant design capitals, with the Human Centered Design & Engineering Study Abroad in London program. View our recap of the experience here.


October 8, 2019 

HCDE Alumni Q&A: Brynn Tweeddale (BS '18)

"I've always considered myself someone who loves being interdisciplinary, and I felt that HCDE was one of the programs that gave me a chance to still seek an interdisciplinary education," writes Brynn Tweeddale (BS '18). Read more about Brynn's experience in HCDE and her advice for future students in a new alumni Q&A.


October 2, 2019 

Welcoming Kristin Dew to the HCDE faculty

HCDE is pleased to announce that Dr. Kristin Dew is joining the faculty as a Lecturer, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. Dew is a recent graduate of HCDE’s PhD program, where her research focused on ethics and sustainability in technology production practices.


September 25, 2019 

HCDE Alumni Q&A: Dorothy Wong (MS '17)

"My capstone project gave me a taste of true product design from a blue sky," writes Dorothy Wong (MS '17). "Seeing the impact we’ve made from that project serves as my main motivation for continuing as a product designer today as well as a guide to what I look for in a design job." Read more about Dorothy's experience in the HCDE master's program in a new alumni Q&A.


September 20, 2019 

A day in the life of a Twitter intern, with HCDE Master's student Alison Buchanan

Alison Buchanan, a Master's student in HCDE, is wrapping up a summer Internship on the user research team at Twitter. She recently used a Twitter takeover of the @TwitterResearch handle to walk us through a day-in-the-life of a Twitter intern, or Tern.


September 16, 2019 

Welcoming Julie Kientz as Interim Chair of HCDE

HCDE is pleased to announce that Dr. Julie Kientz is stepping into the role of Department Interim Chair, effective September 16, 2019. Dr. Kientz, a Professor in HCDE, is succeeding Dr. David McDonald, who has completed his 5-year term as Chair and is returning to the faculty as a Professor.


September 11, 2019 

HCDE Alumni Q&A: Hannah Nursalim (MS '19)

"There was always a learning opportunity from peers in each class I took," writes Hannah Nursalim (MS '19). "It truly is a collaborative program, and I enjoyed supporting others and receiving support." Read more about Hannah's experience in the HCDE master's program in a new alumni Q&A.


August 30, 2019 

HCDE student Khyree Watson named to the Forbes Under 30 Scholars program

Watson is among 1,000 students across the country selected by Forbes in recognition of his academic work and leadership experience. Watson will travel to the Under 30 Summit in Detroit, MI, which features industry networking sessions, presentations from A-list speakers, investor speed-pitching, industry-focused field trips, a music festival, and a day of community service.


August 27, 2019 

HCDE alumni at work: Andrea Chin, User Experience Researcher

After earning her Master's in HCDE, Andrea Chin went to work at McGraw Hill Education, where she ensures that the the design of learning experiences are grounded in research and accessible to the broadest range of users.


August 22, 2019 

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon publishes new book on mentoring in the world of fan fiction

"Writers in the Secret Garden," a new book by HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon and Katie Davis, explores the ways in which young people support and learn from each other through participation in online fanfiction communities.


August 13, 2019 UW News

Nancy Allbritton named dean of UW College of Engineering

Dr. Nancy Allbritton has been named the next Frank & Julie Jungers Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Washington Provost Mark Richards announced. Dr. Allbritton's appointment will start November 1, 2019.


August 6, 2019 UW News

Art therapy reduces headaches in teenage girls

In a pilot study led by HCDE Research Scientist Elin Björling, researchers explored art-based mindfulness activities that schools could use to reduce headaches, a common side effect of stress in adolescent girls. After three weeks of twice-weekly mindfulness and art therapy sessions, eight teenage girls reported experiencing significantly fewer headaches.


July 26, 2019 

HCDE alumni at work: Josh LaMar, Principal Design Research Manager

Josh LaMar (MS '06) is working as a Principal Design Research Manager at Microsoft, leading a team of researchers behind the Outlook platform. Catch up with LaMar as he describes his day-to-day at Microsoft in this video.


July 25, 2019 

Cecilia Aragon at Latina Leaders Summit

HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon was an invited panelist at the Latina Leaders Summit, held on July 24 in Washington DC. Watch the full panel discussion, Breaking the STEM Barrier, here.


July 22, 2019 

Kate Starbird is a Principal Investigator at the new Center for an Informed Public

Kate Starbird, Assistant Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, is a Founding Co-Principal Investigator on a new center at the University of Washington to study the role of information in American democracy and the changing conditions of an informed society.


July 16, 2019 College of Engineering

Atari Women

HCDE research project unearths and celebrates the forgotten histories of women who helped shape the early days of Atari — and the computer gaming industry ever since.


July 12, 2019 

Phd Student Kathryn Shroyer receives best paper award from Design Studies Journal

The award-winning paper titled "Timescales and ideaspace: An examination of idea generation in design practice" is co-authored by HCDE Research Associate and Master’s alumna Terri Lovins (MS ‘16), HCDE Professors Jennifer Turns and Cynthia Atman; and Professor Monica Cardella, School of Engineering Education at Purdue University.