About

My name is Beth, I’m a Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. I work with technology almost all the time, except for when I work with power tools.

I do a lot of international work, some domestic. Basically, I work with communities in low resource settings to better understand the problems they see for themselves (rather than the problems researchers *think* they have), determine which are addressable by technological solutions, and then conduct research to gain deep knowledge of social and contextual factors that would affect any technology-based solution that might be attempted. Then I work with others to build things that solve those problems — but things that are actually usable by the communities in question. User focused problems, and user focused solutions.

But it turns out, I’m sort of a skeptic. Sometimes a downright Luddite. But more on that later.

If you want to contact me, you can find me pretty easily via the Internet.

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