July 5, 2017 

John Porter receives Microsoft dissertation grant

HCDE PhD Candidate John R. Porter is the recipient of a Microsoft Dissertation Grant to support his research on making gaming more accessible to people with motor disabilities.


June 29, 2017 

Students present capstone work at NASA JPL

In June 2017, a team of HCDE students were flown to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, to present their innovative concept for a virtual reality analysis tool designed to support the Mars 2020 rover mission.


June 28, 2017 

Leah Findlater joins HCDE faculty

HCDE is pleased to announce that Dr. Leah Findlater is joining the department as an assistant professor, bringing her expertise in the area of accessibility for mobile and wearable technologies to our interdisciplinary faculty.


June 22, 2017 

HCDE 2017 Open House

HCDE welcomed students, future students, alumni, Corporate Affiliates Program members, and friends for our annual Open House on June 1, 2017. View the recipients of HCDE's annual Capstone awards and photos from the event, here.


June 21, 2017 

2017 undergraduate capstone projects

In the HCDE capstone course, graduating students put into practice all they have gained throughout their coursework and apply it to an identified problem - either proposed by an industry affiliate or discovered by the students themselves. HCDE presents the 2017 undergraduate capstone projects here.


June 14, 2017 

2017 Graduation and Awards Ceremony

The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering held its 2017 Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Friday, June 9 in the Husky Union Building. Find a list of graduates from the year and view the 2017 Awards of Excellence recipients.


June 9, 2017 

2017 HCDE graduation address by Jerrod Larson

Jerrod Larson's 2017 Commencement Address for the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering featured a choose-your-own adventure style ending.


May 31, 2017 College of Engineering

Aiming for the STARS

The College of Engineering profiles HCDE senior Tuyen Truong, one of three students from STARS’ first cohort who is graduating this year. Launched in 2013, the STARS academic redshirt program is designed to increase the number of students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who graduate with UW engineering degrees by providing them with extra academic support, community, mentoring and funding.


May 27, 2017 

Jihoon Suh Google IO travel report

HCDE graduate student Jihoon Suh shares his experience attending 2017 Google IO conference, which happened at Mountainview, CA.


May 26, 2017 

HCDE team receives distinguished article award

HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn, PhD candidate Robin E. Mays, and PhD alumna Professor Rebecca Walton are awarded the Frank R. Smith award for outstanding journal article at the 2017 Society for Technical Communication’s annual awards event.


May 19, 2017 

Kai Lukoff CHI travel report

HCDE PhD student Kai Lukoff shares his experience presenting his work at the 2017 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems held in Denver, Colorado.


May 18, 2017 

Mark Haselkorn to keynote ICT DM conference

Mark Haselkorn, professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, will be the keynote speaker at the Fourth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management, happening December 11-13, 2017, in Münster, Germany.


May 17, 2017 

2017 WiUX conference recap

The third annual Women in User Experience (WiUX) conference welcomed over 200 participants to the UW Seattle campus on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Organized by current UW students in UX-related majors, the conference connected students with industry professionals, offering skill-based workshops and opportunities for networking.


May 16, 2017 

HCDE at Undergraduate Research Symposium

The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering has 16 students and faculty members represented across eight research projects in the University of Washington's twentieth annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, happening May 19, 2017.


May 15, 2017 GeekWire

VR Software Developed by Alumnus Mark Laughery to Partner with Childrens Hospital

Pear Med, the startup co-founded by HCDE alumnus Mark Laughery (MS, 2016), will partner with Seattle Children's Hospital to develop their virtual reality software for clinical use. Pear Med's technology compiles medical scans into an interactive 3D model, and can help doctors communicate with their patients and surgeons prepare for complex procedures.


May 11, 2017 

Cecilia Aragon to be honored at Latinx faculty recognition event

The University of Washington's Latino Center for Health is recognizing Cecilia Aragon, Professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, as one of 18 Latina or Latino faculty members across all three UW campuses who made significant achievements during the 2016-2017 academic year.


May 3, 2017 

WiUX 2017 Conference

The Women in User Experience student group at the University of Washington is hosting its 3rd annual conference on May 13, 2017. The WiUX Conference features interactive workshops, lightning talks, and open networking with UX professionals and recruiters.


May 2, 2017 UW Today

Study Finds Period Tracking Apps Failing Users in Basic Ways

A new study authored by UW researchers including HCDE's Elena Agapie, Laura Pina, Julie Kientz, and Sean Munson, finds that smartphone apps to track menstrual cycles often disappoint users with a lack of accuracy, assumptions about sexual identity or partners, and an emphasis on pink and flowery form over function and customization.


April 28, 2017 

2017 graduation speaker and Mikey Award recipient

Jerrod Larson (MS 2003, PhD 2010) will be the speaker at the 2017 HCDE Graduation & Award's Ceremony on June 9, and HCDE Professor Emeritus David K. Farkas will receive this year's Myron L. White Award aka "the Mikey," thanking him for his years of service to the department.


April 27, 2017 

HCDE Alternative Spring Break

In Spring 2017, a team of Human Centered Design & Engineering undergraduate students and educators traveled to the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay, Washington, to participate in UW Pipeline Project's Alternative Spring Break, leading a week-long design thinking workshop for the local middle school students. HCDE Senior Lecturer Andrew Davidson organized the team, with the goal of sparking an interest in engineering within the local middle school students — introducing them to the ways human-centered design can solve a variety of community needs.


April 26, 2017 UW Today

Food Photos Help Instagram Users with Healthy Eating

A recent study by UW researchers including Christina Chung, Elena Agapie, and Sean Munson, looked at how Instagram helps people achieve their healthy eating goals. The team found that not only is Instagram valuable for people to visualize their food intake, the social network also provides a forum for receiving support and encouraging others in their goals.


April 24, 2017 

College of Engineering Awards

The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering celebrates two department recipients of the annual faculty, staff, and student awards from the College of Engineering. Assistant Professor Sean Munson will receive the 2017 junior faculty award, and PhD student Kerem Özcan will receive the student award for excellence in teaching.


April 24, 2017 

HCDE Students win at UW Maker Summit

HCDE was well represented at UW's second annual Maker Summit on April 22, 2017. HCDE Professor Beth Kolko kicked off the event by delivering the keynote address; the HCDE master's capstone team of Sahil Anand, John Luetke, Nikhil Venkatesh, and Dorothy Wong took home first place in the Gizmos category for their social robot project; and HCDE master's student Max Lam won the prize for Drawing and Painting.


April 21, 2017 

Daniela Rosner edits journal on repair studies

HCDE Assistant Professor Daniela K. Rosner is co-editor of R3PAIR Volume, a special issue of continent. journal, issue 6.1 / 2017. This issue brings together nearly twenty articles and media pieces on the topic of repair studies. In addition to Rosner, contributing authors from the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering include Associate Professor David Ribes and Research Scientist Brittany Fiore-Gartland.


April 19, 2017 UW Engineering

New Engineering Admissions Process

The UW’s College of Engineering is taking a significant step to improve undergraduate engineering students’ educational experiences by offering Direct to College admission beginning with the entering freshman class of 2018.