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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.

2019-2020 Board Of Directors

Erika Sam, Chair

Erika has always been interested in learning about people and their behavior and is currently applying her interests and expertise as a UX researcher at Microsoft. She has previous experience working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams as a researcher in gaming, healthcare, and psychology. When not working Erika enjoys board games, baking, and beer!

Lulu Hoogerheyde, Vice Chair

Lulu is currently a UX Researcher for Facebook Messenger, where she collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams to make the audio and video calling experience more enjoyable and fun for users. Previously, she worked with Fortune 50 clients in a variety of different industries to build digital products and strategies that would accelerate their growth. Overall, Lulu gets energized doing impactful work, learning from others, and building open, feedback-rich communities. Whenever possible, she also loves drinking whiskey, sleeping, and daydreaming of pet piglets.

Terri Lovins, Treasurer

Terri is a User Researcher currently working at Microsoft. She holds a masters degree in HCDE from the UW and has worked in healthcare, engineering education and design research. She is passionate about people, art, ecosystems, inclusive design and digital equity. She enjoys hiking, reading and running in her free time.

Emmerline Wu, Program Chair

Emmerline currently works at Starbucks as a UX researcher focusing on the Starbucks app and website. Her mission is to inspire and nurture the UX research spirit — one designer, one PM, one engineer, and one project at a time. She previously worked at Microsoft and UpTop as a UX research consultant. In her free time, you will find her practicing her latte art skills and chilling out in her favorite corner at home with her cat, Lynel.

Ryan Anderson, Communications Chair

Ryan is a UX/UI Designer at Boeing, designing everything from internal apps to ecommerce solutions. He’s worked for some of the largest and smallest organizations out there, as an in-house designer, contractor and freelance consultant. His experience spans the UX spectrum, but he’s happiest running strategy sessions or testing with users. He has a BA from the UW and an AA from the Seattle Central Creative Academy.

Erika Langhauser, Marketing Chair

Erika is currently a Product Designer at Alaska Airlines, where she works to understand user challenges and create an engaging shopping experience. Previously, she has worked as a software engineer and scrum master; 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 with a snowboard or paddle board under her feet), exploring new countries, and immersing herself in other cultures.

Padma Ravikumar, Secretary

Padma is passionate about applying research for furthering excellence in product design. She is a user researcher with experience in qualitative and quantitative methods of research as well as in interaction design. Her proven experience in experimental research has honed her analytical and problem-solving skills to effectively translate user needs into impactful insights for guiding design.

Kathryn Brookshier, Volunteer Chair / Academic Liaison

Kathryn Brookshier is a UX Researcher at Indeed in Seattle, WA. She incorporates quantitative and qualitative methods to drive product decisions that positively impact users. She received her B.S. in Interaction Design from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Anna Serra, Member Experience Chair

Anna is a UX designer for Huemen, a design agency that partners with global brands using a collaborative, personalized, and design-lead approach. Huemen is owned by Harman International, a Samsung Company, and Anna focuses on projects for both Samsung-owned brands and external enterprise organizations. She believes design is a collaborative process that utilizes diverse perspectives to solve complex problems. She loves being near or on the ocean and geeking-out about UX and technology!

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.

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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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