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Mon, 06/08/2020

HCDE students receive fellowship to improve virtual communication between students and employers

HCDE Master's students Jazz Ang, Ana Liu, and Della Sigrest received a fellowship from Jumpstart, a recruiting platform for students and companies in tech, to reimagine communication between students and employers in the time of online meetings.

Fri, 05/29/2020

Emerita Professor Jan Spyridakis receives 2020 Mikey Award from HCDE

Emerita Professor Jan Spyridakis is receiving the department's 2020 Myron L. White Award. Better known as "The Mikey," named after the co-founder of the department, it is presented annually by the faculty to a leader in the field and a dedicated friend of the department. The award will be presented at the HCDE Graduation & Awards Ceremony on June 9, 2020.

Fri, 05/29/2020

Phil Spencer to deliver 2020 HCDE Graduation Address

HCDE announces that Phil Spencer, Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft and department alumnus, will deliver the guest commencement address at the HCDE Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

Thu, 05/28/2020 | UW News

UW launches new Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences

Today UW is announcing the new Center for Research and Education on Accessible Technology and Experiences (CREATE), led by an interdisciplinary team including HCDE Associate Professor Leah Findlater, and powered by a $2.5M inaugural investment from Microsoft.

Wed, 05/27/2020

Professor Julie Kientz publishes new book on Interactive Technologies and Autism

Interactive Technologies and Autism, Second Edition, a new book by HCDE Professor and Chair Julie Kientz, is out now from Morgan & Claypool Publishers. The book provides a comprehensive background for understanding what work has already been completed and its impact, as well as what promises and challenges lie ahead for designers, researchers, autistic people, and their advocates.

Thu, 05/21/2020

HCDE hosts Democracy Design Jam to explore civic engagement during the pandemic

During a time of physical-distancing, what can we do to promote meaningful and productive civic engagement? This was the inquiry at the heart of HCDE's Democracy Design Jam, held May 16-17, 2020. View videos of the plenary session with industry experts and elected leaders, and discover the future civic engagement opportunities prototyped by HCDE students.

Tue, 05/19/2020

HCDE 'Ask me Anything' with alumna and affiliate faculty member Rebecca Destello

Video: Human Centered Design & Engineering alumna Rebecca Destello discusses mentorship, getting involved with professional organizations, and tips for networking outside of your comfort zone.

Fri, 05/15/2020

PhD student Taryn Bipat named Outstanding Research Mentor

Taryn Bipat, a PhD student in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, received the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, announced UW Provost Mark Richards at the 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Wed, 05/13/2020

PhD student Dawn Sakaguchi Tang publishes guide about designing for aging populations

HCDE PhD student Dawn Sakaguchi-Tang, together with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, has published "The Essential Guide to Older Adult-Centered Design" for designers, researchers, and developers interested in developing health information management technologies for an aging population:

Sat, 05/09/2020

Lecture: HCDE Professor Kate Starbird on finding truth during the pandemic

On May 7, HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird joined iSchool Associate Professor Jevin West and Hanson Hosein, director of the Communication Leadership program, for a discussion about how we can be best informed in the face of conflicting information about the pandemic.

Mon, 05/04/2020

Four HCDE students in 2020 Husky 100

HCDE students Arpita B, Ashley Boone, Saralyn Hormachuelos Santos, and Catherine Zeng are among the 100 University of Washington students named to the 2020 Husky 100 cohort, an honor given to just 100 students across all UW's degree programs and 3 campuses annually.

Mon, 05/04/2020

Welcoming Sucheta Ghoshal to the HCDE faculty

Sucheta Ghoshal is a community organizer and researcher who studies how grassroots social movements use technology. She will join the department's faculty as an assistant professor in January 2021.

Fri, 04/24/2020

The HCDE community comes together, while apart, during COVID 19

Instructors and students are adapting courses for online learning, and HCDE researchers and are applying their expertise to a variety of topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tue, 04/14/2020 | UW News

How families can use technology to juggle childcare and remote life

HCDE researchers Julie Kientz, Sean Munson, and Rebecca Michelson, with UW iSchool professors Alexis Hiniker and Jason Yip, are conducting a national study to help families discover technology to navigate home-based learning and combat social isolation.

Tue, 04/14/2020

Surviving the Coronavirus Infodemic discussion with HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird

HCDE Associate Professor Kate Starbird, together with researchers from University of Washington and Washington State University, held a virtual panel to discuss the rampant spread of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find the full video here.

Fri, 04/10/2020

Master's student Elisabeth Dunn wins 2020 IDXA Student Design Charrette

HCDE Master's student Elisabeth Dunn and her teammates at the IXDA Student Design Charrette develop a winning solution for a voice technology product to help families and caregivers care for neurodiverse children during meltdowns.

Thu, 04/09/2020

Alumni Leadership Board sponsored “The Loop” virtual panel to help HCDE student prepare for job interviews

On April 17, the HCDE Alumni Leadership Board welcomed industry veterans and newly graduated alumni for a panel discussion about the latest industry hiring practices for UX roles.

Wed, 04/08/2020 | The Daily

Professor Cecilia Aragon’s memoir talks about her life as a Latina pilot on the US aerobatics team

Cecilia Aragon is typically found reading a pile of books in her Sieg Hall office, but 35 years ago, the HCDE professor was flying upside down in an aerobatic aircraft. The Daily UW catches up with Professor Aragon about her new memoir, Flying Free.

Mon, 04/06/2020

HCDE students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

HCDE PhD student Steven Goodman and BS alumna Sharon Heung were recently awarded Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Burren Peil and Andrew Beers, both HCDE PhD students, were also honored with Honorable Mentions.

Mon, 04/06/2020

Julie Kientz named HCDE Department Chair

Julie A. Kientz, Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, has been named the next Department Chair by Nancy Allbritton, Dean of the College of Engineering, through March 2025.

Thu, 04/02/2020

HCDE students Jeff Matarrese and Eliza Li at MIT Hackathon

HCDE Master’s students Jeff Matarrese and Eliza Li recently joined developers, coders, builders, and technology enthusiasts for an elite competition to advance the potential of virtual and augmented reality technologies.

Mon, 03/30/2020

HCDE Professors Leah Findlater and Sean Munson receive Google Research Awards

Leah Findlater and Sean Munson, both associate professors in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, have received Google Faculty Research Awards for their work in human-computer interaction.

Thu, 03/26/2020

Dianne Hendricks and Elena Agapie receive the College of Engineering awards for teaching

Engineering Dean Nancy Allbritton announced that two HCDE instructors received the 2020 College of Engineering Awards for teaching: Lecturer Dianne Hendricks received the faculty award and PhD student Elena Agapie received the student award.

Thu, 03/26/2020 | The Daily

DRGs bridge the gap of research experience for students

Directed Research Groups (DRGs) offer an incredibly unique hands-on research opportunity for UW students and faculty through the human centered design and engineering (HCDE) program. The UW Daily newspaper highlights several of HCDE's current research groups.

Wed, 03/18/2020

PCMag features Q&A with Elin Björling about Project EMAR

A new article in PCMag, "This Robot Wants to Help Stressed-Out Teens" features a Q&A with Dr. Elin Björling, senior research scientist in Human Centered Design & Engineering, about her work on Project EMAR (Ecological Momentary Assessment Robot).