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Class of 2018

Meet the MHCI+D class of 2018

Duminda Aluthgamage

I am a technologist who is passionate about education, philosophy, social justice and entrepreneurship. My experience spans multiple domains, and I’ve worked on projects with corporates, creative artists, NGOs and educational providers, amongst others. I’m taking the MHCI+D program because I see both the potentials and pitfalls of the technology revolution and I believe that we can design positive futures by focusing on people and our entire environment. Some of my current interest areas include value sensitive design and ethics, technology literacy, plant based foods, conversational interfaces, automation and mixed reality.

Anmol Anubhai

Observing, thinking, ideating, designing and building solutions, using information and computer technology, to meet user needs is my area of interest. User satisfaction from meeting of explicit needs and delight from tacit ones is what I long to see. I wish to solve real grassroots-level problems that can help better the society.

I have my Bachelor’s in Information and Communication Technology. I really enjoy Data Visualization and how one can breathe new life into data using interesting visualizations. Empathizing and studying human behavior really intrigues me.

Kelda Baljon

I've spent the last four years conducting user research and usability studies for electronic health records, and before that, I got my Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and International Studies. Now I'm here at MHCI+D, because I love to empathize with people and I am eager to get hands on with designing some solutions. I'm also a book lover, road cyclist, and now with my move to Seattle, a hiking enthusiast.

Corey Brown

Minjun Chen

I hold a MS degree in Learning Sciences and Technologies from University of Pennsylvania. I attained my BA degree in Chinese Language and Literature in Minzu University of China. With a mixed background in literature, education, design and HCI, I am passionate about using design as a means to promote communication, raise a question and open a dialogue in the global sphere. As I wish to be an interdisciplinary designer, I deeply enjoy bringing science and design together to form new dimensions and experiment with new mediums in the design process.

Vijay Farmah

I have been interested in going deeper on learning about the intersection of people and technology. I enjoy approaching design from an empathetic, human-centered perspective. I am interested in developing impactful products and services that will help shape the future.

I am always open for coffee and conversations. Click on my links to reach out!

Olivia Harold

I have always been fascinated by human understanding, and my goal is to make things that make sense for users while improving technologies for both experts and non-experts. I studied Cognitive Science and Philosophy as an undergrad, and worked for several years doing Cognitive Science Research using methods such as EEG, eye-tracking, and MRI with a focus on dyslexia, bimodal bilingualism, and group coordination. I hope to bring a quantitative yet empathetic edge to the 2018 MHCI+D cohort while catapulting my design skills. I aim to create unique, delightful products that enhance the world and spread social good. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, riding my bike and going to comedy shows.

Derrick Ho

Xinbei Hu

Hello, I'm Xinbei! I am a Product Designer, Interaction Designer or UX Designer. Whatever you call me, I strive to solve problems for people! After completed my BFA in Industrial Design at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), I worked as a User Experience Designer at Siemens Healthcare. Currently, I'm polishing my skills as a designer and exploring new fields in UW. If you’re interested in working with me or just want to chat, feel free to drop a line or grab a coffee.

Gabriel Hughes

Kelly Hwu

Mahvish Irfan

Eclair Junchaya

The more I learned through my undergraduate Biology degree about the structured framework of different systems in nature, the more I realized how successful theories relied on compelling and insightful research. Through the MHCI+D program, I hope to explore that intersection between science and art by understanding the underlying behaviors and motivations that draw people towards particular designs. Coupled with my multicultural upbringing, I hope to become a designer that puts cultural connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity at the forefront. And yep, my name is Eclair like the dessert.

Alexandria Lee

My name is Alex, and I am a connector. With the power of research, I aim to bridge the gap between designers, engineers, and the people who use their products. I did my undergraduate work in Psychology and Entrepreneurship & Management at Johns Hopkins University, where I also was a research assistant at the Vision and Cognition Lab. I joined the MHCI+D program because I want to make the transition to user and usability research. I believe that research is integral to every aspect of life and want to learn to use research to empower companies and organizations to better understand their users and make meaningful products.

Daphne Liang

I come to the design field with a background in sales management and project management in the software industry. I have worked at the front line of product sales and implementation, hired and managed multiples teams, and led projects involving stakeholders inside and outside of the company. Through my experience, I developed a user-first mentality that propels my design process and pushes me to be very thorough with my research and recommendations. I strive to be the bridge between user and product, tackling complex design challenges and presenting beautiful and dynamic solutions.

When I’m not working, you can find me exploring the great outdoors, polishing my palate around the world, or planning my next weekend trip.

I’m always up for a great conversation so drop me a line to chat about design, great hikes, or awesome eats!

Shin Liu

Hi this is Shin! I studied Philosophy at St.Olaf College in Minnesota. After interning as a programmer and a UX designer, I decided to study HCI design. This is a field that really excites me - you really have to keep learning and try to grasp the nature of human being... (i.e, understand how we got here and where the future lies). I am genuienly interested in all disciplines, especially medicine, technology, business and sociology. I don't aim to be a designer, because by saying that I wrap a mode around myself. Instead, I'd say I aim to be a well rounded person.

Mario Lopez

Eliza Newman-Saul

Brian Nguyen

Hy Nguyen

Will Oberleitner

Whitney Olson Jenich

Sarah Outhwaite

Hi. I'm a spatial experience designer, interested in the perceptual narratives of physical spaces. I use aesthetics as a means to research, test, and expand the human experience. How do we reshape our attention as we move through different environments? How does technology animate our focus between virtual, social, and internal spaces?

I’ve designed interactive media for the Guggenheim Museum and the Juilliard School, and worked as an independent artist. At MHCI+D, I’m exploring techniques for engaging communities in spatial collaboration, and getting slowly faster at biking Seattle hills.

Rick Paz

Alex Pham

I have an undergraduate degree in Human Centered Design and Engineering with a focus in Human Computer Interaction from the University of Washington in Seattle. For the past 6 years, I worked at Accenture in numerous roles including that of an interaction designer and user experience designer.

My goals while in the Human Computer Interaction and Design Master's program are to hone my skills in user research, interaction design, and prototyping. My interests design-wise include gaming, VR, AR, retail, and healthcare.

Kristina Rakestraw

Hi, I’m Kristina, an interdisciplinary designer.

An artist at heart and trained an architect, I have been interested in design and how our environment shapes the way we live for nearly a decade. I attended architecture school, at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, for a creative challenge and to learn technical skills. It was there that I set the foundations for a strong work ethic, a thirst for design, and a relentlessness for craft. My professional experience includes work for large-scale award-winning architecture firms in Seattle.

As someone with experience designing built environments, I recognize the power of our environment to shape us and influence us. Over the past few years, I have cultivated my interest in designing tools to help people navigate through their lives more efficiently. Living in Seattle inevitably exposed me to User Experience and Interaction Design, and I came to realize that my passions and interests align ideally with these fields. Before long, I decided to pursue a Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design to learn the foundations of understanding the interactions between people, technology and the world; to discover what social and environmental problems are worth prioritizing; and to hone the skills necessary to solve them. With this degree, in conjunction with my past experiences, I will be fully equipped to face future design challenges and make a greater impact on the world’s biggest problems.

Andrew Shiau

Jialing Song

Hello I'm Victoria. I strive to become a interaction designer at this period of time. In the past several years, I graduated from UC San Diego, majoring in Interdisciplinary Computing & the Arts and minoring in Economics. During my undergraduate study, I was working on creative coding, filming and other digital stuff to make interactive and interesting things happen. And I feel that making these “interactive things” more meaningful and user-friendly should be next phase of study. I really like food, fashion and pop music. I wish I could merge my interests and digital design to create delightful experiences for more people.

Aggie Tutia

Lan Vu

Hello! I come to the MHCI+D program with a background in higher education administration, visual design, and international relations. My background, along with my interest in accessibility, has influenced my journey as an Interaction Designer.

Through thoughtful creativity and narratives, I aim to create inclusive designs and experiences.

Will Wang

I am so addicted to the trending technology, emerging fields and science fiction, no kidding.

I came from Industrial design and Entrepreneurship background. My undergraduate study and professional working experience have cultivated me into an individual who is always seeking the creative solution through the best available resource when facing a challenge.

My design interest follows the path of utilizing HCI and liberal arts to create tangible interactions that bridge the physical and digital world.

Design philosophy:
Impossibility defines the possibility
Connecting the dots
Less is more

Things I like:
Japanese Omakase
Cooking
Street Photography
Daft Punk

Suwei Yang

Can Zhao

I had been a graduate student of comparative literature, cinema and media at UW in the past four years. Besides teaching freshman composition, I researched on new media theories, historical archives and digital humanities. My interest gravitated towards interaction design when I explored how perceptions of print and cinema formed in the early twentieth-century socio-technical world. With a BA and MA in humanities, I'm now honing my skills to sketch and design experience in the real world. In my spare time, I always enjoy the local breweries and coffee in Seattle. Feel free to contact me!