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June 30, 2019 

Aleenah Ansari receives Library Research Award for storytelling project

Aleenah Ansari (BS 2019), received a Library Research Award from the University of Washington Libraries for her project Gentrification, Displacement, and the Question of Responsibility.


June 26, 2019 

John Porter named to MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35

John Porter, PhD student in Human Centered Design & Engineering, is recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of its 35 Innovators Under 35. Porter's work focuses on accessibility in video game design, and he is currently creating a system to help game developers build accessibility into the beginning stages of their designs.


June 26, 2019 

2019 Open House recap

The 2019 HCDE Open House & Capstone Showcase was held June 7, 2019, at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. View the recipients of HCDE's annual Capstone awards and photos from the event here.


June 20, 2019 The Seattle Globalist

STEM networks aim to diversify tech fields

HCDE alumna Tsewone Melaku (BS '18), now a consulting analyst at Accenture, talks with The Seattle Globalist about hurdles she faced in pursuing Engineering, and how she's helping to remove barriers for the next generation of STEM professionals.


June 13, 2019 

2019 Graduation and Awards Ceremony

HCDE held its 2019 Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 11. See the 2019 HCDE Award of Excellence recipients and a full list of graduates here.


June 5, 2019 

Leah Findlater promoted to associate professor

HCDE is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Leah Findlater to Associate Professor with tenure, effective at the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year. Dr. Findlater directs the Inclusive Design Lab, where she works with students to ensure that the next generation of mobile and wearable technologies are designed to meet the needs of the broadest range of users.


May 31, 2019 

Jing de Jong Chen establishes a future computing and science endowed fund for HCDE

Jing de Jong-Chen, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, has established an endowed fund to support HCDE in developing new programs related to human-centered security and privacy.


May 31, 2019 The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)

Sarah Inman on what it means to be a data ethnographer

HCDE PhD student Sarah Inman is studying the social dimensions of environmental data science. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) catches up with Inman to hear about her work as a data ethnographer on the State of Alaska’s Salmon and People project.


May 31, 2019 

Atari Women Heroine Costume to be on exhibit at Hypnotica 2019

The Atari Women 8-bit Heroine Costume, a project created by HCDE students in the Atari Women research group, will be exhibited on June 6, 2019, as part of Hypnotica 2019: a DXARTS technological wearables fashion show.


May 23, 2019 Crosscut

A UW engineer explains how facial recognition tech erases trans people

After stints in law school and at Wikimedia, Ada Lovelace fellow Os Keyes is challenging tech companies to rethink the gender binary hardwired into their code. Read a new interview with HCDE PhD student Os Keyes on Crosscut.


May 23, 2019 

Graduating GSA President on building community through UW GO MAP

D'Marcus Butler, President of the HCDE Graduate Student Association, shares his story about how finishing his master's degree helped him reach new levels of personal growth, and how the UW's Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) program helped him find a core community from which he can advocate for change to benefit future UW students.


May 7, 2019 

Julie Kientz promoted to full professor

HCDE is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Julie Kientz to full professor, effective at the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year. Dr. Kientz directs HCDE's Computing for Healthy Living & Learning Lab, where she works with students to design, develop, and evaluate applications of computing technology that aim to promote healthy lifestyles and education.


May 6, 2019 

HCDE faculty nominated by students for FACET awards

Students nominated faculty members who positively impacted their professional development for the inaugural FACET award by CC@E. Recognized faculty from HCDE include Dianne Hendricks, Gary Hsieh, Julie Kientz, Daniella Kim, Irini Spyridakis, Linda Wagner, and Jason Yip.


May 2, 2019 

Wendy Roldan awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

HCDE PhD student Wendy Roldan has received the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Roldan is a second-year PhD student in HCDE working to research and improve makerspaces for women.


April 30, 2019 

Sean Munson on This is Design School Podcast

Chad P. Hall and Jp Avila, hosts of the This is Design School podcast, sat down with Human Centered Design & Engineering Associate Professor Sean Munson for a wide-ranging discussion of design education. In the 40-minute interview, Munson describes his background that led him to Engineering, what his day-to-day is like as a professor, and what he is currently researching.


April 29, 2019 UW Today

Patterns of compulsive smartphone use suggest how to kick the habit

HCDE undergraduates students Jonathan Tran and Katherine Yang, with UW iSchool faculty members Alexis Hiniker (HCDE PhD ' 17) and Katie Davis, conducted a study to understand what makes people compulsively check their phones and what experiences they find valuable. The team will present this work at the #chi2019 conference.


April 16, 2019 

Julie Kientz receives College of Engineering award for teaching

Awarded annually to one faculty member in the College of Engineering, the Faculty Award for Teaching recognizes Kientz for her innovative contributions to engineering education and her advocacy for and engagement with students both in and outside of the classroom.


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."