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Wed, 09/11/2019

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.

Fri, 08/30/2019

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.

Tue, 08/27/2019

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.

Fri, 08/23/2019

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.

Tue, 08/13/2019 | 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.

Tue, 08/06/2019 | 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.

Fri, 07/26/2019

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.

Mon, 07/22/2019

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

Tue, 07/16/2019 | 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.

Tue, 07/09/2019 | The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)

Sarah Inman on what it means to be a data ethnographer

Thu, 06/27/2019

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.

Wed, 06/26/2019

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.

Thu, 06/20/2019 | The Seattle Globalist

STEM networks aim to diversify tech fields

Fri, 06/14/2019

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.

Mon, 05/06/2019

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.

Mon, 05/06/2019

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."

Thu, 05/02/2019

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.

Tue, 04/30/2019

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.

Mon, 04/29/2019 | 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.

Tue, 04/16/2019

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.

Mon, 04/15/2019

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).

Mon, 04/15/2019

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."

Thu, 04/11/2019

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.