October 21, 2016 

Professor Beth Kolko receives Popular Science award

​Shift Labs, the medical device company started by HCDE Professor Dr. Beth Kolko, is recognized with a “Best of What’s New” award from Popular Science for their innovative infusion rate monitor, DripAssist.


October 10, 2016 

Brock Craft at Seattle Interactive Conference

Dr. Brock Craft, Senior Lecturer of Human Centered Design & Engineering, will join industry leaders for a panel presentation at the 2016 Seattle Interactive conference, happening October 18-19 in downtown Seattle.


October 5, 2016 

Disaster response research facility coming to UW

Dr. Scott Miles, senior research scientist in HCDE's Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR), is Co-Principal Investigator on a new NSF award to host the United States’ first post-disaster, rapid response research facility at University of Washington.


October 3, 2016 

David Ribes and Geoffrey Bowker to study the institutions of data science

HCDE Associate Professor David Ribes and his collaborator Geoffrey Bowker of UC Irvine are launching an ethnographic and archival NSF-funded study of the emerging activities and operations within and across the Big Data Innovation Hubs and their funded Spoke projects.


September 29, 2016 

HCDE Student Associations

Announcing the 2016-2017 HCDE undergraduate and graduate student association officers and meeting times.


September 28, 2016 

David Ribes to study salmon data

HCDE Associate Professor David Ribes is launching a multi-year ethnographic investigation of how data are integrated across heterogeneous stakeholders concerned with Alaskan salmon in order to understand the challenges, benefits, and costs of data integration and sharing.


September 23, 2016 

Spyridakis receives Rigo Award

Dr. Jan Spyridakis, Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, is the recipient of the Rigo Award for lifetime contribution to the field of communication design, from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (SIGDOC).


September 13, 2016 

Graduate Education in Clean Energy due for Big Data Overhaul

Cecilia Aragon, professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering, is a co-principal investigator on a five-year NSF project to bring big data to graduate education in clean energy research at the UW. Known as DIRECT — or Data Intensive Research Enabling Clean Technologies — this traineeship will include practical, data-driven research projects for HCDE graduate students.


September 8, 2016 

Life after Fitbit

HCDE Professor Sean Munson is studying people's post-Fitbit feelings to discover how different design approaches may support people who have lapsed their Fitbit use.


September 7, 2016 

Participatory design mobile research space

Looking at the challenge of housing, homelessness and artist displacement, HCDE alumnus Justin Hamacher and a multidisciplinary group of UW students are using participatory design to empower community members in civic discussions.


August 26, 2016 

Gary Hsieh Whole U Spotlight

The University of Washington's Whole U sits down with HCDE Assistant Professor Gary Hsieh for a Faculty Friday spotlight. "It’s more than technology for technology’s sake. I want to be able to help people do things that are better for themselves, and also better for society as a whole.”


July 14, 2016 

Social Media in a time of crises

As people increasingly engage with crisis events in real time over social media, HCDE Professor Kate Starbird sees many new questions for researchers—including discovering the mental health effects of repeated social-media exposure to tragedy and crisis.


June 30, 2016 

Haselkorn, Mays bring humanitarian response research to Europe

HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn and PhD candidate Robin Mays are bringing their research in emergency response and humanitarian information systems to Europe this summer, with presentations at the European Research Center for Information Systems and the Hogeschool Arnhem Nijmegen University of Applied Sciences.


June 28, 2016 

HCDE PhD student Sarah Fox receives best paper award

Fox's research looks at the design strategies and commitments necessary to develop a social justice oriented design practice. She was awarded a Best Paper award at the 2016 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems.


June 16, 2016 

2016 Graduation Ceremony

HCDE held its 2016 Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 7. 47 HCDE students graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees, 62 with Master of Science degrees, and 3 with Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Join us in congratulating the HCDE class of 2016.


June 16, 2016 

2016 graduation address by Mary Czerwinski

Mary Czerwinski, Research Manager at Microsoft Research, gave the graduation address at the 2016 HCDE Graduation & Awards Ceremony. Czerwinski expressed the importance of the HCDE degree in building a better future, and provided insight into building a successful career in the field.


June 15, 2016 

Three HCDE PhDs awarded in 2016

HCDE celebrated three graduating PhD students at its 2016 Graduation & Awards ceremony: Dr. Toni Ferro, Dr. Michael Gilbert, and Dr. Robert Racadio. Read Professors Dr. Beth Kolko and Dr. Mark Zachry's remarks about their students here.


June 14, 2016 

2016 HCDE Open House

HCDE welcomed more than 400 students, future students, alumni, Corporate Affiliates Program members, and friends for our annual Open House on May 31, 2016. Find our recap of the event, including capstone projects, awards, and photos, here.


June 13, 2016 

Roundup: Undergraduate Capstone Projects

HCDE is pleased to present the projects from our 2016 undergraduate capstone course. Through the two-quarter capstone experience, students synthesize and apply the knowledge and techniques they have acquired throughout their degree program by creating solutions to human-centered problems in our society.


June 7, 2016 

Directed Research Group examines free online resources

An HCDE Directed Research Group co-led by Professor Mark Zachry and Jonathan Morgan of the Wikimedia Foundation conducted a study to discover what features students consider most important when they select free online information resources to help them with their school work.


May 27, 2016 

Tyler Fox joins the HCDE faculty

Dr. Tyler Fox joins the HCDE faculty as a Lecturer. Most recently, Fox was at the University of Washington Bothell, where he was a lecturer in the school of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and Studio Director of the Interactive Media Design program.


May 24, 2016 

CoSSaR to study Cascadia Rising event

HCDE Professor Mark Haselkorn describes HCDE and CoSSaR's involvement with Cascadia Rising, an exercise simulating the field response of a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, on the United States government's Information Sharing Environment blog.


May 20, 2016 

2016 graduation speaker and Mikey Award recipient

HCDE is pleased to announce that Mary Czerwinski of Microsoft Research will be the 2016 graduation speaker and Rebecca Destello will receive the Myron L. White ("Mikey") Award at the HCDE Graduation & Awards Ceremony on June 7, 2016.


May 17, 2016 

2016 Boeing Mentor Night

The department of Human Centered Design & Engineering held its annual Mentor Night, sponsored by Boeing, on May 12, 2016. Mentor Night connects current students with departmental alumni and members of industry to discuss career paths and share tips for making a successful transition from UW to the working world.


May 5, 2016 

HCDE Researchers Study how Families Manage Screen Time for Young Children

A recent paper authored by HCDE PhD students Alexis Hiniker and Hyewon Suh, Master's alumna Sabina Cao, and Associate Professor Julie Kientz examines how families transition to and from ‘screen time’ with children aged 1-5.