A Local UX Professional Non-Profit Organization

Puget Sound SIGCHI (PSSIGCHI) is a non-profit, local chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) serving the Puget Sound region's user experience and human-computer interaction professionals. Our members are practitioners, academics and researchers from Seattle, Washington and the surrounding areas. With the generosity of our active paying members, we are able to invite and host exciting user experience and HCI experts to our community.

2021-2022 Board Of Directors

Samantha Muscat-Scherr, Chair

Samantha is a UX/UI designer at Cascade Public Media, home to Seattle’s PBS station and the non-profit news site Crosscut. Combining user-centered techniques with 10 years of visual design experience, she enjoys seeing projects from preliminary research to prototype. Samantha is passionate about inclusive design. Over the past three years, she has advocated for web accessibility best practices in her current role, and enjoyed volunteering with and designing for older adults.

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Camila Proffitt, Vice Chair

Camila is a Human Factors Engineer at the Boeing Company focusing on usability and ergonomics in flight deck design. She is passionate about mixed method user research in the context of hardware iteration and using rapid prototyping techniques to evaluate/develop design requirements. When she’s not working to improve airplane cockpits for pilots, she can be found loose leash training her English Springer Spaniel around Greenlake or trying new Seattle restaurants with her boyfriend.

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Ross Ablanalp, Treasurer

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Ross is currently a UX Researcher at Hilton, where he works to understand how people plan for events. Previously, he has worked at a web design agency that provided opportunities to research in a broad variety of industries including hospitality, agriculture, nonprofits, and insurance. He enjoys spending free time with his family and trying to find quiet time for reading.

Alexandra Krongel, Program Chair

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Alexandra is a user researcher and engineer who currently works for the Discovery Channel. She's interested in improving educational outcomes, the role of UX for machine learning practitioners and ethics, and cross cultural research and understanding. In her free time she likes to go diving, take weekend roadtrips around Washington, and practice languages to please Duo the owl

Catherine Most, Marketing Chair

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Catherine is currently a UX Researcher at Facebook, where she works to understand how people use emerging technologies and design AI models. Previously, she has worked as a software engineer and product manager; she leverages her diverse background to bridge the gap between technical, process, and human-centered skills to solve complex problems. She enjoys spending her free time in nature - preferably skiing, running or tide pooling.

Jacob Molloy, Communication Chair

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Jacob is a freelance UX designer out of Seattle, WA. His background in community organizing informs his focus on creating practical and delightful user experiences. He has worked with clients in gaming and real estate, helping them realize their product visions. When he's not designing, you can find him petting his cats, playing Magic the Gathering, or hosting a session of Dungeons & Dragons. 

Sean Roth, Secretary

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Sean is a contract-UX Researcher at Blink UX in Seattle, WA. He has been a researcher for 6 years working in quantitative market research and is currently a student in the University of Washington User Centered Design program. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, making electronic music, and petting fluffy dogs.

Surya Sundararajan, Member Experience Chair

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Surya is a PM at Microsoft and a part-time graduate student at the UW School of Human Centered Design and Engineering. Previously, she has worked as a software engineer, and she is passionate about maintaining a customer focus in all the products that she works with. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, kickboxing, and casual gaming.

Volunteer Chair / Academic Liaison - Now Recruiting!

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This position maintains our relationship with the UW (and other colleges as applicable) so that we can stay involved in the academic community associated with SIGCHI. You would also recruit new members and volunteers from the student population. If you're interested in getting involved, send us a message!

History

The Puget Sound Chapter of ACM SigChi was founded in 1990 by Tom Rideout, Kathy Potosnak and Robin Kincaid. In the first years, the group was small but attracted attendees from Aldus, Microrim, Boeing, and the few usability professionals then practicing at Microsoft.

Over the years, the organization has grown from a small group of friends to a vibrant community embracing professionals from many fields including research, usability, information architecture, user experience, user-centered strategy and design.

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