Mission, Facts, and Statistics
Putting people first, we research, design, and engineer interactions between humans and technology. Join us. Change the world.
Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) faculty and students are advancing the research and design of technologies by using innovative techniques to study human activity and develop meaningful information and sociotechnical systems. HCDE is designing the future by:
- Considering the role of technology in human activity.
- Prioritizing the needs, desires, and behaviors of people and communities who interact through sociotechnical systems.
- Addressing the specifics of design by working with interdisciplinary communities of researchers to build the technologies of tomorrow.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) provides students with user research and design skills, coupled with a solid foundation in math and science.
The Master of Science (MS) fosters and advances students' knowledge and skills in the design and evaluation of information products, technologies, and user interfaces.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) provides unparalleled depth and experience for students interested in studying the conception, design, implementation, usability, and evaluation of technologies for specific audiences or user groups.
The User-Centered Design (UCD) certificate program provides students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of issues in usability and user-centered design.
The Technical Japanese Program (TJP) provides training in advanced Japanese for engineering students or for those in a business and technical environment. TJP is offered as an undergraduate minor, certificate program, and Master's program.
Degrees Awarded (2013)
Enrollment by Program
Undergraduate enrollment: 96
Graduate enrollment: 181
Certificate program enrollment: 84
17 active core teaching and research faculty
7 adjunct faculty
17 affiliate faculty
Selected Faculty Honors
- Four Career Awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
- One MIT Technology Innovator Under 35 Honor
- One Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
- Four Jay R. Gould Awards for Excellence in Teaching from the Society for Technical Communication
- Two Ronald S. Blicq Awards for Distinction in Technical Communication from the IEEE Professional Communication Society
- Two William Elgin Wickenden Awards from the American Society of Engineering Education
- Two Ken Rainey Awards for Excellence in Research from the Society for Technical Communication
Research Laboratories & Centers
Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT)
Communicative Practices in Virtual Workspaces Laboratory
Computer Supported Collaboration Laboratory (CSC)
Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Laboratory (CHiLL Lab)
Design for Digital Inclusion (DDI) Laboratory, with the Hackademia Project
Emerging Capacities of Mass Participation (emCOMP) Laboratory
Internet-Based User Experience Laboratory (IBUXL)
Laboratory for Human Centered Engineering Education
Laboratory for Influence in SocioTechnical Systems (LISTS)
Pacific Rim Visualization and Analytics Center (PARVAC)
Prosocial Computing Laboratory
Scientific Collaboration and Creativity Laboratory (SCCL)
Tactile and Tactical (TAT) Design Laboratory
Technical Japanese Laboratory