April 15, 2019 

HCDE research at CHI 2019 conference

HCDE students, alumni, and faculty will present their research in May at the 2019 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Two papers authored by HCDE researchers have earned Best Paper Award (representing the top 1% of submissions), and three have earned Honorable Mention distinctions (representing the top 5% of submissions).


April 15, 2019 

Senior Oorja Chowdhary named to the Husky 100

Oorja Chowdhary, a senior in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, has been named to this year's cohort of the Husky 100. "The UW provided me the opportunity to learn UX design, a field that gives me the skills to connect with and understand the perspectives of widely diverse groups," Chowdhary said. "I'm looking forward to continuing my design experience by identifying sociotechnical problems in the world and designing tools to solve them."


April 12, 2019 

Andrew Davidson on filling the STEM outreach pipeline

HCDE Senior Lecturer Andrew Davidson gave a keynote presentation about his work leading Engineering-focused K-12 outreach programs as part of the Interaction Design Education Summit on February 4, 2019. Find the full video here.


April 11, 2019 

Students use new display technology to highlight hidden stories of early women in game design

In a week-long Directed Research Group over the 2019 spring break, UW students explored the hidden stories of the Atari Women and used new technologies to design artifacts that highlighted their narratives.


April 10, 2019 

2019 UX Careers Panel

HCDE held its fourth annual UX Careers Panel, hosted by alumna Rebecca Destello, in April 2019. This event brings HCDE alumni and industry partners to campus to share career success stories and tips with current students.


April 8, 2019 

Gary Hsieh receives Fulbright award to research and teach in Taiwan

Gary Hsieh, Associate Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, will visit the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan for the 2019-2020 academic year on a Fulbright Scholar grant.


April 4, 2019 

Brenda Laurel to deliver 2019 HCDE Graduation Address

Dr. Brenda Laurel, game design trailblazer, author, and virtual reality pioneer, will deliver the graduation address at the department's 2019 Graduation & Awards Celebration


March 31, 2019 

David McDonald and collaborators receive 10 year Impact Award at 2018 Ubicomp

David W. McDonald, Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, and collaborators received the 10-year Impact Award at Ubicomp 2018 for the paper "Flowers or a Robot Army? Encouraging Awareness & Activity with Personal, Mobile Displays."


March 31, 2019 

Daniela Rosner promoted to associate professor

HCDE announces the promotion of Dr. Daniela Rosner to Associate Professor with tenure, effective with the 2019-2020 academic year. Rosner co-directs HCDE's Tactile and Tactical Design Lab (TAT Lab), where she works with students and collaborators to discover new opportunities for sustainable technology development, broaden the diversity of design and engineering education, and extend theoretical frameworks that further our understanding of design and social change.


March 18, 2019 

AtariWomen project featured in GeekWire

Geekwire highlights AtariWomen, a new project pioneered by HCDE Prof. Daniela Rosner and visiting Prof. Pernille Bjorn. AtariWomen is a research project that profiles the women who helped design and build Atari's games four decades ago.


March 15, 2019 

Mark Zachry named as ATTW Fellow

HCDE Professor Mark Zachry has been named an ATTW Fellow by the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing. This honor recognizes Dr. Zachry for his scholarly productivity, leadership, and service.


March 8, 2019 

ChickTech Seattle visits HCDE

On Saturday, February 23, HCDE welcomed high school students from ChickTech Seattle for a half-day coding workshop. The workshop was led by HCDE students in the Alternative Spring Break research group, who are in the final weeks preparing the user-centered design workshop curriculum they will take to middle and high school students in Neah Bay, Washington, over spring break.


March 7, 2019 

Kate Starbird promoted to associate professor

HCDE is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Kate Starbird to Associate Professor with tenure, effective with the 2019-2020 academic year. Starbird directs HCDE's Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation (emCOMP) Laboratory, where she works with students to study the dynamics of massive participation and interaction enabled by new and social media.


March 5, 2019 

Retiring Professor Jan Spyridakis is leaving a lasting legacy on HCDE

Dr. Jan Spyridakis, Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and renowned leader in the field, will retire at the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. We look back at Dr. Spyridakis' forty-year career with the department.


March 4, 2019 

Join HCDE for our Winter 2019 course showcases

Each quarter, select HCDE courses host end-of-quarter events to showcase student work. All members of the HCDE and UW community are welcome to attend. Light refreshments are provided.


March 4, 2019 

HCDE 2019 Network Night

HCDE held its annual alumni/student Network Night on March 4, 2019. Network Night features the opportunity for current students to connect with alumni and industry friends to discuss career paths and share tips for making a successful transition from UW to the working world. View our lineup of 2019 alumni mentors here.


March 3, 2019 

2019 HCDE Research Showcase and UnConference

On March 1, 2019, HCDE held an event to showcase and discuss the latest research to emerge from the department's faculty labs, student independent studies, and research groups. See our lineup of presenters here.


February 25, 2019 

HCDE student Os Keyes testifies as expert witness in support of regulating facial recognition technology

The application of facial recognition technology is becoming commonplace in modern life, but research by HCDE PhD student Os Keyes concludes that the technology carries deep risks for vulnerable communities—risks made more likely by a lack of regulation. Keyes recently testified to the Washington State House of Representatives as an expert witness in support of a proposed bill to prohibit state and local government from using facial recognition technology.


February 20, 2019 Geekwire

Beth Kolko on Geekwire Podcast

HCDE Prof. Beth Kolko is featured on the GeekWire Health Tech Podcast about her company Shift Labs. Originally a healthcare "outsider" herself, Kolko believes non-expert innovation is how we solve wicked problems, "because we have to learn how to see things differently if we’re going to solve things differently." Listen to the episode here.


February 12, 2019 

Beth Kolko gives keynote presentation at Medical Device Forum

On February 8, 2019, Human Centered Design & Engineering Professor Beth Kolko delivered the keynote address to AIA Seattle's Medical Device Forum, on the topic of innovation in medical design.


January 31, 2019 

HCDE hosts storytelling workshop sponsored by Google

On Monday, February 28, HCDE invited local experts to host a storytelling workshop and panel discussion aimed at helping students prepare for job interviewing and practice building a strong self-identity in their careers.


January 30, 2019 

Design Trouble Symposium

HCDE Assistant Professor Daniela Rosner is on a multidisciplinary team of University faculty bringing together educators, activists, artists, designers, and others for a symposium on the past and future of design practice.


January 25, 2019 

Senior Aleenah Ansari writes Seattle Times article on the importance of storytelling

In a recent article in The Seattle Times, HCDE senior Aleenah Ansari shared her own story about finding a place in Engineering - even without seeing herself represented in the stories and textbooks around her.


January 22, 2019 

Announcing new HCDE study abroad opportunity in London

Join Human Centered Design & Engineering faculty members Drs. Brock Craft and Tyler Fox on an international exploration of issues and current topics in human-centered design. The program is open to students across UW, and dates of instruction are Sept. 1-22, 2019.


January 17, 2019 

HCDE PhD student Os Keyes receives inaugural Ada Lovelace Fellowship from Microsoft Research

This fellowship will support Keyes’ work in auditing facial recognition systems for bias, along the axes of gender, disability and race, with a focus on trans-inclusive methodologies