Charlotte P. Lee

Director, Computer Supported Collaboration Laboratory Charlotte P. Lee
Associate Professor, Human Centered Design & Engineering
Adjunct Associate Professor, Information School
cplee – at – uw dot edu
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Dr. Lee has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Sociology from San Jose State University and a Ph.D in Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Lee’s research is in the fields of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Social Informatics, Design Studies, and Science and Technology Studies. Her work focuses on empirically describing and theorizing the informational practices, artifacts, and collaborative structures of communities of practice working towards a shared goal: collaborative design. Her paper entitled the “Human Infrastructure of Cyberinfrastructure” was nominated for the Best Paper Award at the ACM’s Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. Dr. Lee is the principle investigator of three NSF-funded projects studying aspects of collaboration in the development of cyberinfrastructure including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for “junior faculty who exemplify the role of outstanding teacher-scholars” awarded in 2010. She is also on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Computer Supported Cooperative Work.

Ph.D. Students

Ying-Yu Chen

PhD Student Ying-Yu Chen
Human Centered Design & Engineering

Ying-Yu Chen is a first year PhD student in the Human Centered Design & Engineering program at the University of Washington. Ying-Yu holds a BA in Journalism from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and a Master of Human Computer Interaction from the School of Information at the University of Michigan. She is interested in Computer Supported Collaborative Work and Cyberinfrastructure and how culture plays a role in collaborative systems.



Katie Derthick

PhD Candidate Katie Derthick
Human Centered Design & Engineering
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Katie is a PhD candidate in Human Centered Design & Engineering, where she earned her Master’s in 2010. She is co-advised by Charlotte Lee and Batya Friedman. Her research focuses on the role of technology in mindfulness and zen meditation practices, including research questions such as how individuals and communities with meditation practices use ICTs: whether and how their values influence the use of ICTs in their everyday lives, and whether and how they use ICTs to support their meditation practices. Katie has worked as a researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge and Palo Alto Research Center.

Katerena Kuksenok

PhD Student Katerena Kuksenok
Computer Science & Engineering
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Katie Kuksenok is co-advised by James Fogarty (UW CSE) and Cecilia Aragon (UW HCDE), in collaboration with the Moore/Sloan Data Science Environment Ethnography and Evaluation Working Group. Experience as an instructor, tutor, or mentor of individuals in the beginning stages of learning programming skills form the basis of her unique position as an ethnographer studying breakdowns in this process. While working on her Masters at UW Computer Science and Engineering, in addition to conducting open ended, interview- and observation- based qualitative research, Katie studied language in technology-mediated communication.

Andrew Neang

PhD Student Andrew Neang
Human Centered Design & Engineering
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Andrew Neang is a first year PhD student in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE). Andrew holds a BA in Information Systems and an MS in Information Management from the University of Washington. His research interests are in computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW); development and sustainability of collaboration infrastructures; and social creativity.


David Randall

PhD Student Dave Randall
Research Assistant
Information School
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David Randall is a 3rd year PhD student in the Information School, he is advised by David McDonald. David holds a BSc in Computing from the University of Hertfordshire and a Masters in Information Systems from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Attending the University of Washington on a Fulbright Scholarship, David’s research interests are on the impact of offline meetups on groups that have formed complete or predominately online, with particular focus on productivity and interpersonal relationships. David has also conducted research in the areas of video surveillance in public libraries, cyberbullying and mentoring relationships within online communities.

Drew Paine

PhD Candidate
CSC Lab Manager

Drew Paine is a PhD Candidate examining how the practices of scientific research informs scientists’ development, adoption, use, and sharing of software and in turn how software informs scientific research practices as an intertwined sociotechnical system. He has worked on Dr. Lee’s NSF CAREER project Interacting With Cyberinfrastructure in the Face of Changing Science since it began and co-wrote her latest NSF grant Scientists and Their Software.


Undergraduate Students

Past Group Members

  • Post-Doctoral Researchers/Research Scientists
  • PhD Students
    • Keith Grochow, PhD CSE 2011
    • Toni Ferro, PhD HCDE expected 2014
    • Anne Rørbaæk Olesen (visiting from Denmark), February-May 2014
    • Alex Thayer, PhD 2013
    • Betsy Rolland, PhD 2013
  • Masters Students
    • Shalina Bajracharya
    • Ninad Dalal
    • Abraham DeWeese
    • Karl Frantz
    • Stephanie Gokhman
    • Linda Hwang
    • Arsenio Locsin
    • Heidi Sales
    • Pausali Sen
    • Behzod Sirjani
    • Irini Spyridakis
  • Undergraduate Students
    • Kiran Beg
    • Sikke Jansma
    • Calvin Kaiser
    • Natalie Lindner
    • Ron Piell
    • Erin Sy
    • Anh-Thu Voba
    • Jacob Warren
  • Certificate Students
    • Behnosh Najafi