Headshot photo of Julie Kientz in 2014Julie A. Kientz (pronounced like “Keentz”) is a Professor and Chair of the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She directs the Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Lab, is active in the Design, Use, Build (dub) alliance, and has adjunct appointments in The Information School and Computer Science & Engineering. Dr. Kientz’s primary research areas are in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, and Health Informatics. Her research focuses on understanding and reducing the user burdens of interactive technologies for health and education through the design of future applications. She has designed, developed, and evaluated mobile, sensor, and social applications for helping individuals with sleep problems, parents of young children tracking developmental progress, individuals with visual impairments, people who want to quit smoking, and special education teachers working with children with autism. Her primary research methods involve human-centered design, technology development, and a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods. Dr. Kientz received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. She was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2009, named an MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 in 2013, and was given the UW College of Engineering Faculty Research Innovator award in 2014 and Teaching Innovator award in 2019.


  • I have been named Department Chair of HCDE for the next five years (2020-2025)
  • I am serving as Interim Chair for HCDE for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • This year, I will be teaching HCDE 541 (Intro to PhD Studies) and coordinating the HCDE 547 Research Discussion Seminar for all three quarters.
  • I have been promoted to Full Professor!
  • In the past year, our research lab has been awarded grants from Google, Mozilla, SCRD/Jacob’s Foundation, and the UW ALACRITY center.
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