January 17, 2018 Interactions Magazine

Sean Munson on Rethinking Assumptions in the Design of Health Tracking Tools

In the current issue of Interactions Magazine, HCDE Assistant Professor Sean Munson discusses six common assumptions in the design of health tracking tools and provides insights about where designers and researchers should go from here.


December 29, 2017 

HCDE students travel to premier conferences in 2017

HCDE students Kristin Dew (PhD), Tsewone Melaku (BS), Dawn Sakaguchi-Tang (PhD), and Himanshu Zade (PhD) describe their experiences participating in several conferences and workshops across the globe in autumn 2017.


December 20, 2017 

HCDE professor leverages technology to pair mothers in academia to lighten holiday burden

This holiday season, HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz used a variety of online tools to organize a giving match between mothers working in academia. She asked academic mothers who are struggling to make ends meet what would help their families, and she matched them with academic mothers who have more than they need and who wanted to help. In all, over 240 gifts purchased for struggling families from women working in academia around the world.


December 19, 2017 

HCDE research group explores bioluminescence for displays

In Autumn 2017, Human Centered Design & Engineering faculty members Brock Craft and Tyler Fox launched a new Directed Research Group to give students hands-on experience creating displays using living organisms.


December 7, 2017 

Beth Kolko gives lecture for Global Innovation Week

HCDE Professor Beth Kolko delivered a talk in Washington, DC, for the 2017 Global Innovation Week, about how her company Shift Labs uses human-centered design to improve medical devices.


December 1, 2017 Science Magazine

Scott Miles on Earthquake Early Warning Systems

HCDE Research Scientist Scott Miles recently returned from Mexico where he studied how local residents perceived and used their earthquake early warning system. Miles and his research team summarized their recommendations in an editorial for the December 2017 issue of Science Magazine.


November 27, 2017 

Kate Starbird presents at Engineering lecture series

Recent public debate around “fake news” has highlighted the growing challenge of online misinformation. This complex problem lies at the intersection of technology, human cognition and human behavior — and may make us unwitting accomplices to the spread of incorrect facts and misleading communication. Hear from Kate Starbird, whose research investigates online rumors to explore what conspiracy theories reveal about political propaganda.


November 22, 2017 

Rosner and team receive Seattle Design Foundation grant

A team of designers including HCDE Assistant Professor Daniela Rosner has received the 2017 Seattle Design Foundation grant for a proposed project addressing the question, "How can we better design for future dialogues across generations and demographics?"


November 17, 2017 

David McDonald presents work at Virginia Tech

On November 10, 2017, HCDE Professor and Chair David McDonald visited Virginia Tech University's department of Computer Science to give a lecture about his research on the gender gap in Wikipedia.


November 9, 2017 

HCDE recognizes veteran Tyler Fox

In honor of Veterans Day, HCDE recognizes army veteran and HCDE faculty member: artist, technologist, and educator Dr. Tyler Fox. Fox’s background encompasses research and art in areas as broad as posthumanism and physical computing, and he attributes his career to the freedoms allowed by his service in the United States Army.


November 3, 2017 

Starbird to study how people adapt after earthquakes

HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird is embarking on a research project to study how people adapt to power outages and water shortages immediately following a natural disaster, to help policymakers, businesses and individuals better prepare for the future. The team will use earthquakes in Los Angeles as a case study.


October 5, 2017 

NBC News Interviews Cecilia Aragon on Latinas in Engineering

NBC News interviews HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon, the first Latina full professor in the College of Engineering, on her experience in the field and becoming a role model and mentor to younger Latinas.


October 4, 2017 

Remembering Mike Sinkula

HCDE mourns the loss of dedicated alumnus and affiliate faculty member Mike Sinkula. Mike graduated with his Master's in HCDE in 2014 and has been an instructor of HCDE's user-centered web design course ever since. He passed away in his home on Friday, September 27, 2017.


September 28, 2017 

Kolko receives global health innovators award

Shift Labs, the medical device company started by HCDE Professor Beth Kolko, has received the Global Health Innovator Award at the 2017 MedTech Conference for their work developing DripAssist, a low-cost, intuitively-designed portable infusion rate monitor.


September 26, 2017 

Andrew Davidson to partner on CoE strategic instruction initiative

HCDE Senior Lecturer Andrew Davidson is on a team of multidisciplinary University of Washington faculty members selected to receive a College of Engineering award to fund work on Arduino project-based learning in early engineering education.


September 18, 2017 

Nadya Peek to join HCDE faculty

HCDE is pleased to announce that Dr. Nadya Peek will join the department’s faculty as an assistant professor, beginning February 2018. Peek will bring a wealth of knowledge in machines and digital fabrication to HCDE’s interdisciplinary faculty.


September 11, 2017 

HCDE center to host workshop on reflection in Engineering education

HCDE's Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT) is hosting a two-day workshop on reflection in engineering education, bringing over 60 leaders in this emerging community together on the UW campus on September 14-15, 2017.


August 24, 2017 

HCDE senior Caleb Park presents at South Korean education forum

HCDE senior Caleb Park is currently taking a gap year from the UW to explore opportunities abroad. In August 2017, he was invited to give a presentation about HCDE to South Korea's International Forum for the Educational Revolution (IFER). Next, Park will travel to China to work at the Tsinghua University as an HCI research assistant.


August 16, 2017 College of Engineering

Tsewone Melaku is Making STEM Education Accessible

HCDE major Tsewone Melaku is aligning her interests in engineering with her passion to make STEM education accessible to underrepresented high school students.


August 11, 2017 The Whole U

Whole U Faculty Friday Spotlights Julie Kientz

The University of Washington's Whole U catches up with HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz for a Faculty Friday spotlight. By limiting technology's user burdens, Kientz crafts diverse applications to benefit population health as director of HCDE's Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Lab.


August 6, 2017 

Kiley Sobel reports on Interaction Design and Children Conference

HCDE PhD student Kiley Sobel reports on her experience attending the Interaction Design & Children (IDC) conference at Stanford University in June 2017.


August 2, 2017 Fast Company

Designers are Forgetting one Major Element of the Design Process

Fast Company Co.Design features HCDE Assistant Professor Daniela Rosner and her values of incorporating maintenance and repair as part of the product design process.


July 12, 2017 

Atman receives Goldsmith award from IEEE Professional Communication Society

HCDE Professor Cynthia J. Atman will receive the 2017 Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Communication from the IEEE Professional Communication Society.


July 10, 2017 

Undergraduate research team CHI 2017 travel report

HCDE senior Runyuan (Jason) Chen shares his experience presenting “An Exploration of Self-Transcendence In Solo Travel,” with teammates Aaron Joya, Leena Choi, and ShinYoung (Lucia) Choi, for the Student Research Competition at the 2017 CHI Conference.


July 9, 2017 

Lucas Colusso reports on DIS conference

HCDE PhD student Lucas Colusso shares his experience attending, presenting at, and volunteering for the annual Conference on Designing Interactive Systems in Edinburgh, UK.