News & Events



June 5, 2018 

Cynthia Bennett receives Dennis Lang Disability Studies Award

HCDE PhD candidate Cynthia Bennett has received the Dennis Lang Student Award from the University of Washington's Disability Studies Program. The Dennis Lang Student Award is given annually to two undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence in areas related to Disability Studies and commitment to issues of social justice as they relate to people with disabilities.


June 5, 2018 

2018 Designing Up

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering presents volume six of the annual Designing Up publication. Designing Up features departmental news highlights from the past year, including activities and research conducted by HCDE faculty, students, and alumni.


June 4, 2018 

Jamie Byun shares experience at 2018 iConference

In Spring 2018, HCDE undergraduate student Jamie Byun present an independent research poster at iConference held in Sheffield, UK, thanks to support from HCDE.


May 25, 2018 

Shift Labs and Professor Beth Kolko receive funding to improve maternal and child health

Shift Labs, the medical technology company founded by Human Centered Design & Engineering Professor Beth Kolko, has received funding from Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development to support the development of their DripAssist device to improve maternal and child health.


May 17, 2018 

Video: APL, CoSSaR initiative to mitigate impacts of traffic incidents

With the help of researchers from HCDE's CoSSaR center, law enforcement and transportation agencies are joining forces to mitigate the traffic congestion resulting from major incidents on I-5 through Seattle. In a new video, HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn (CoSSaR director) and Research Scientist Sonia Savelli describe the initiative aimed at making Seattle and surrounding areas a safer, more resilient place for people, businesses, and the services they rely on.


May 16, 2018 The Daily

Annual WiUX Conference

The HCDE student-run Women in User Experience (WiUX) conference was held May 12, 2018. This year’s theme was Breaking Barriers, and the talks provided insight from current professionals who navigate these challenges and have developed confidence in their skills. The UW Daily reports on the 2018 event.


May 10, 2018 

New study examines what smartphone users find meaningful or meaningless

Today’s smartphones offer great benefits to society. Apps to gather information, increase productivity, and interact with loved ones are at our fingertips. At the same time, smartphones can be tools of meaningless consumption and distraction. As a result, many people feel conflicted about how they spend time on their phone, and fall into patterns of behavior that they wish they could change.


May 4, 2018 

Video of Kate Starbird disinformation lecture

Watch HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird's lecture delivered as part of the UW Provost's Office lecture series on confronting fake news and misinformation.


May 2, 2018 UW News

HCDE researchers compare crowdsourced exercise plans to personal trainers

A team of researchers led by HCDE PhD student Elena Agapie is studying how exercise plans developed by non experts compare to those developed by personal trainers. The team developed CrowdFit, a platform for exercise planning that relies on crowdsourcing from nonexperts to create workout plans that meet national exercise recommendations and individual user's schedules and interests. The researchers found that nonexperts could create exercise plans as effective as experts under certain conditions. In addition, CrowdFit improved the quality of exercise plans created by nonexperts.


May 1, 2018 UW News

Apps for children should emphasize parent and child choice

UW News reports on recent research by iSchool Assistant Professor Alexis Hiniker (HCDE PhD, 2017) and HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz. The researchers found that parents don't need to fear their child playing with new technology devices, but that thoughtfully designed content that intentionally supports parent-child interactions facilitated the same kind of play and development as analog toys.


April 24, 2018 

Nadya Peek to present at three upcoming events

HCDE Assistant Professor Nadya Peek will present her research on digital fabrication at the following events this spring: Teardown, at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland; the Liu Lectures at Stanford; and the ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication at MIT.


April 24, 2018 

Kaitlyn Zhou receives academic excellence medal from Engineering dean

Kaitlyn Zhou, a senior in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2018 Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence from the UW College of Engineering. Zhou has the distinction of being the first student studying Human Centered Design & Engineering to receive this honor.


April 23, 2018 UW DUB

HCDE and DUB Research at CHI 2018

Researchers from UW's human-computer interaction and design community are convening at the annual ACM CHI conference in Montréal, Canada, between April 21-26, 2018. UW authors contributed to 62 papers this year, drawing from more than 12 university departments and programs. Review the published papers on the DUB website.


April 10, 2018 

Five HCDE students recognized in Husky 100

HCDE students Samantha Gil Vargas, Sharon Heung, Melissa Medsker, Tsewone Melaku, and Burren Peil have been named to the 2018 cohort of the Husky 100. The Husky 100 recognizes UW students across all three campus who are making the most of their time at UW—both inside and outside of the classroom.


April 10, 2018 CoSSaR

Mark Haselkorn selected to lead new Seattle interagency mobility partnership

Thanks to the research done by HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn with the Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety and Regional Resilience, six agencies have joined forces to design and implement a regional strategy for enhancing mobility when a major incident drastically reduces capacity along the Seattle I-5 corridor. Haselkorn will lead the new interagency group to define a regional framework for joint operations, information sharing, shared technology, and policies that enable an expanded response to major incidents.


April 6, 2018 

Laura Pina receives postdoc mentoring award

Dr. Laura Pina, a postdoctoral researcher in HCDE, has received the 2018 Mentoring Award for Postdoctoral Trainees from the UW Graduate School, recognizing her dedication to mentoring students.


April 5, 2018 

Kate Starbird receives CAREER Award from National Science Foundation

HCDE Assistant Professor Kate Starbird has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award from the National Science Foundation to support her research into why and how disinformation—or false information created intentionally to mislead and/or confuse—spreads online.


April 4, 2018 

Professor Aragon brings UCD Charette to Chile

While on a Fulbright Award to teach and research in Chile, HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon is introducing computer science students to the user-centered design process with curriculum from back home in HCDE.


April 2, 2018 

HCDE welcomes Dianne Hendricks to the faculty

As a lecturer in HCDE, Dr. Dianne Hendricks will lead the Engineering Communication Program for the College of Engineering. Dr. Hendricks brings an interdisciplinary science and engineering background and extensive experience leading teams and teaching writing-intensive engineering courses.


April 2, 2018 

Sean Munson promoted to associate professor

The Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering is pleased to announce the promotion of faculty member Dr. Sean Munson to Associate Professor with Tenure, effective at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year.


April 2, 2018 

HCDE at Teaching and Learning Symposium

Researchers from Human Centered Design & Engineering will represent the department through six projects at the 14th annual UW Teaching & Learning Symposium on April 17, 2018.


March 23, 2018 

Reimagining the visitor experience at the new Burke Museum

Led by HCDE Lecturer Tyler Fox, students in a winter-quarter Directed Research Group used human-centered design to develop concepts for visitor engagement opportunities within the new Burke Museum. Students in the course presented their concepts to Burke staff and the HCDE community on March 5, 2018.


March 22, 2018 

Julie Kientz receives Google Research Award to study inclusive media engagement for children

HCDE Associate Professor Julie Kientz has received a Google Faculty Research Award to study how technology can foster engagement between children with and without disabilities. The research team includes HCDE PhD student Kiley Sobel and iSchool Assistant Professor Jason Yip.


March 21, 2018 College of Engineering

A robot confidant

The University of Washington College of Engineering features Project EMAR, a social robot being developed by UW researchers to better understand teen stress and emotional well-being.


March 13, 2018 USAID on Medium

USAID Features HCDE Professor Beth Kolko

US Agency for International Development (USAID) features HCDE Professor Beth Kolko and her company Shift Labs as part of their series on Grand Challenge female innovators. USAID supported Shift Labs's DripAssist as one of 14 promising innovations in 2015. Today, the low-cost medical device is used in 19 developing countries and US hospitals.