News & Events



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


January 15, 2019 

HCDE at Interaction Week 2019

HCDE students and faculty will share their discoveries and design-thinking methodologies with an international audience at the Interactions 19 Conference.


January 9, 2019 

Professors Starbird and Kolko discuss social media networks on KUOW

HCDE Professors Beth Kolko and Kate Starbird believe online social networks have potential to bring people together for the greater social good, if our platforms are designed with the user’s best interests in mind.


December 19, 2018 Columns Magazine

Engineering a helpful future

Samantha Gil Vargas (BS '18) knew she wanted to help others. At the UW she learned that helping begins with listening.


December 17, 2018 

Upcoming lecture by Giovanna Scalone on designing reflection activities for students

Giovanna Scalone, a research scientist in HCDE, will present her research on designing reflection activities for students as part of the Frontiers in Higher Education Research Seminar, organized by the University of Washington's Center for Teaching and Learning.


December 14, 2018 

Meal Matchup Video

Meal Matchup, a project led by HCDE faculty member Irini Spyridakis, facilitates food recovery at the University of Washington through an open source, food donation matching software. Take a look at how it all works in this new promotional video with scenes from the UW, Seattle, our food deliverers, and more.


December 4, 2018 

Student Madisen Arurang on engineering scholarship impact

Receiving a scholarship enabled HCDE student Madisen Arurang to make the most of her UW Engineering experience. Watch Madisen and Chemical Engineering student David Juergens describe how donors have made an impact on their education in a new video by the UW College of Engineering.


December 3, 2018 

CSCW 2018 student reflections

In November 2018, several HCDE students received department awards to travel to Jersey City to attend and present at the Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW). Students Michael Beach, Os Keyes, Kenya Mejia, Andrew Neang, Wendy Roldan, and Yihan Yu reflect on their experiences.


November 21, 2018 

Human-Centered Design Charettes for K-12 Outreach

A new article about HCDE's K-12 outreach program, co-authored by HCDE PhD student Elena Agapie and Senior Lecturer Andrew Davidson, is published in the November-December 2018 issue of Interactions magazine.