Human Centered Design & Engineering

April 7, 2016

Message from the Chair: Spring 2016


David W. McDonald, HCDE Professor & Chair

Dear HCDE Community,

I am pleased to send you the Spring 2016 edition of our quarterly newsletter, where we highlight upcoming events and opportunities, and recognize recent achievements of our students and faculty.

Spring came to campus a little early this year. If you were on campus near the middle of March you would have seen the University of Washington’s famous cherry trees on the social science quad in full bloom.

The HCDE department is busy during Spring Quarter with many students working on capstone projects and preparing to graduate. Spring Quarter holds our largest community event of the year, the HCDE Open House, where we showcase all of our undergraduate and graduate capstone projects from the year. This event is open to the public, so please invite your colleagues, friends, and families, and we look forward to celebrating with you on May 31.

Also during Spring Quarter we host the HCDE Mentor Night, happening the evening of May 12. At Mentor Night, HCDE graduates come to meet with current students in small group settings. The goal of these interactions is to share the experiences and strategies of starting a successful career in HCDE-related fields, and to form long-term mentor/mentee relationships. The HCDE Mentor Night is sponsored by Boeing. We are grateful for this industry support for our students and the opportunity to develop the broader HCDE community. Students, look for an email from the department later this month about registering for Mentor Night. Alumni, if you are interested in participating as a mentor, please email us to get involved.

I also want to tout some research achievements by our students and faculty. At the upcoming ACM SIGCHI conference, there are six papers with HCDE students and faculty as authors that will receive the Best of CHI recognition. We recently found out that two of our PhD students, Dawn Sakaguchi-Tang and Kathryn Shroyer, have been awarded prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). As well, Dr. Sean Munson was awarded an NSF CAREER award that will fund his research efforts for the next five years. A CAREER award is designed to recognize junior faculty who show exceptional promise to develop innovative education and research. These achievements highlight one way that HCDE students and faculty contribute to creating excellence in the Puget Sound region and across our field.

Please take a moment to review the Spring Quarter newsletter. You’ll find additional events and opportunities to get involved in, and recent achievements by our students faculty and staff.

David W. McDonald
Professor & Chair
Human Centered Design & Engineering
University of Washington

Read the Spring 2016 HCDE E-News, here »