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Wed, 12/11/2019

Professor Cynthia Atman invited to publish paper in 40th anniversary of Design Studies journal

HCDE Professor Cynthia Atman published “Design timelines: Concrete and sticky representations of design process expertise,” in November 2019 issue of Design Studies. Atman's article overviews her 25 years of research on design processes. 

Sat, 12/07/2019 | UW iSchool

UW and WSU team up to launch Center for an Informed Public

The Center for an Informed Public officially launched on Dec. 3, 2019, with more than 400 people attending an event on the UW campus. The launch event featured the announcement of a partnership between the UW and Washington State University to join together to battle misinformation.

Tue, 11/26/2019

HCDE students explore XR for good

In a half-day Design Jam sponsored by STMicroelectronics, HCDE students brainstorm, design, and prototype new applications for using XR to solve real-world problems.

Mon, 10/28/2019

HCDE + Microsoft Mentor program: Bridging the gap from academia to industry

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and Microsoft are in the second year of a new partnership designed to pair students with a professional mentor to ease the transition from school to the workforce.

Wed, 10/16/2019

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. 

Tue, 10/15/2019

HCDE at CSCW 2019

The annual Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) brings together top researchers and practitioners who study technologies that support collaboration and new ways of living and working together. Several HCDE students, alumni, and faculty are presenting their latest research and discoveries at CSCW 2019 – learn more about these projects here.

Thu, 10/10/2019

Announcing our five year strategic plan

The HCDE strategic plan was developed over the past year and a half by a committee of HCDE faculty, staff, and students, with broad input from the community. Our goals represent our commitment to expanding awareness of our research and academic programs, advancing diversity and equity across our work and communities, and ensuring that we maintain a world-class educational experience.

Thu, 10/10/2019

HCDE Study Abroad in London

In September 2019, a team of UW students and faculty took a deep dive into experience design in one of the world's most vibrant design capitals, with the Human Centered Design & Engineering Study Abroad in London program. View our recap of the experience here.

Wed, 10/09/2019

HCDE Alumni Q&A: Brynn Tweeddale (BS '18)

"I've always considered myself someone who loves being interdisciplinary, and I felt that HCDE was one of the programs that gave me a chance to still seek an interdisciplinary education," writes Brynn Tweeddale (BS '18). Read more about Brynn's experience in HCDE and her advice for future students in a new alumni Q&A.

Wed, 10/02/2019

Welcoming Kristin Dew to the HCDE faculty

HCDE is pleased to announce that Dr. Kristin Dew is joining the faculty as a Lecturer, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. Dew is a recent graduate of HCDE’s PhD program, where her research focused on ethics and sustainability in technology production practices.

Wed, 09/25/2019

HCDE Alumni Q&A: Dorothy Wong (MS '17)

"My capstone project gave me a taste of true product design from a blue sky," writes Dorothy Wong (MS '17). "Seeing the impact we’ve made from that project serves as my main motivation for continuing as a product designer today as well as a guide to what I look for in a design job." Read more about Dorothy's experience in the HCDE master's program in a new alumni Q&A.

Fri, 09/20/2019

A day in the life of a Twitter intern, with HCDE Master's student Alison Buchanan

Alison Buchanan, a Master's student in HCDE, is wrapping up a summer Internship on the user research team at Twitter. She recently used a Twitter takeover of the @TwitterResearch handle to walk us through a day-in-the-life of a Twitter intern, or Tern.

Mon, 09/16/2019

Welcoming Julie Kientz as Interim Chair of HCDE

HCDE is pleased to announce that Dr. Julie Kientz is stepping into the role of Department Interim Chair, effective September 16, 2019. Dr. Kientz, a Professor in HCDE, is succeeding Dr. David McDonald, who has completed his 5-year term as Chair and is returning to the faculty as a Professor.

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.