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.

2020-2021 Board Of Directors

Emmerline Wu, 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.

Christina Hussain, Vice Chair

Christina is a User Researcher at Tableau, where much of her focus is on augmented analytics. She loves working in complex environments and having to get creative when trying to solve a research problem. Christina’s favorite Seattle activities are reading by the fire (in the winter) and kayaking (in the summer).

Kathryn Brookshier, Treasurer

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

Tomo Sugimoto, Program Chair

Tomo Sugimoto is a UX Researcher at a boutique design consultancy called Round Feather. Previously, he worked for Microsoft as a UX Researcher (via Harman Connected Services). He loves learning about the world through exciting projects - topics have included customer support at a SaaS company, employee financial well-being at a social media company, and remote collaboration and learning software. He was originally trained as a professional anthropologist and has a PhD from Stanford University in cultural anthropology. He previously taught undergraduate and graduate students at Yale University before becoming a UX researcher.

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.

Eric Smith, Secretary

Eric is a contract-UX Researcher with Google in Seattle, WA. He collaborates across design/engineering to advocate for users and create a meaningful UX. Previously, he has worked as a 2nd grade Special Education teacher, corporate trainer and research coordinator. In his free time, Eric enjoys hiking, making music and spending time with family.

Rosie Sabaric, Volunteer Chair / Academic Liaison

Rosie has always been an explorer driven by curiosity and trying to understand how things work and what drives people. This exploration and curiosity of human nature led Rosie to study art, design, photography, and education. As a UX designer, Rosie loves to collaborate and navigate complex systems. She loves riding her bike, stargazing, and perfecting her homemade margarita!

Samantha Muscat-Scherr, Member Experience Chair

Samantha is a web and UX 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.

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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