Faculty & Leadership


UW's Master of Science in Technology Innovation program will be taught by an exceptional interdisciplinary faculty drawn from the departments and schools that are collaborating to offer this degree:  Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Human Centered Design & Engineering, Foster School of Business and the Law School. Below are the first two announced faculty.

Shwetak Patel

Shwetak PatelShwetak Patel is the Washington Research Foundation Entrepreneurship Endowed Professor in the Departments of Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering and the chief technology officer of the Global Innovation Exchange.

A researcher in the areas of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, sensor-enabled embedded systems, and user interface software and technology, Patel has been involved in bringing several smart devices to market. He was a founder of Zensi, a residential energy monitoring company that was acquired by Belkin in 2010, and a co-founder of SNUPI Technologies, a low-power wireless sensor platform company that was acquired by Sears Holding Company in 2015. For Patel’s most recent projects, see the ubicomplab site.

Patel earned his Ph.D. in computer science at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. He was awarded a MacArthur "Genius Grant" in 2011, a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2012, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2016, among many other awards.

Profile | shwetak@cs.washington.edu

Linda Wagner

Linda WagnerLinda Wagner is a senior lecturer in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) and the director of academic programs for the Global Innovation Exchange.

Wagner has more than 20 years of experience in user research and design in a variety of business settings. Prior to her appointment at the UW, Wagner was the director of user experience at Carbon Design Group, where she managed their user research, strategy and design practice. She has also worked as a user research manager at Microsoft, managing worldwide research for the hardware group, and as a consultant to a variety of Fortune 500 companies. From 2013 to 2016 she was the director of UW’s Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design program, which she helped create and launch.

Wagner holds a M.S. in strategic design planning and human-centered design from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Profile | lw1mhcid@uw.edu

Steering Committee

steering committee

From left, Josh Smith, Matt Reynolds, Linda Wagner, Julie Kientz and Shwetak Patel

The Steering Committee provides strategic guidance on the direction of the UW Master of Science in Technology Innovation program. During the development phase, the Steering Committee gave feedback on program structure, the curriculum and interdepartmental collaboration. It continues to meet on a regular basis, focusing on student admissions, program quality and industry engagement.

Shwetak Patel (chair)

See bio above. 

Julie Kientz

Julie Kientz is an associate professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and director of the Computing for Healthy Living and Learning Lab. Kientz's research focuses on understanding and reducing the user burdens of interactive technologies for health and education through the design of future applications. She has a PhD in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynold is an associate professor in Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering. Reynolds' research interests include RFID, energy efficiency at the physical layer of wireless communication, and the physics of sensing and actuation. He earned a PhD in media arts and sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Josh Smith

Josh Smith is an associate professor in the Departments of Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering, where he leads the Sensor Systems Laboratory. His research aims to improve the connection of information systems to the physical world, which has applications in areas such ubiquitous computing, robotics and medical devices. He earned his PhD at the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Linda Wagner

See bio above.