Michael W. Beach

Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering
University of Washington, Sieg Hall, Box 352315
Seattle, WA 98195-2315
Curriculum Vitae

mwb8@uw.edu

Welcome

I’m a PhD student in Human Centered Design & Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington. I work in the Computer Supported Collaboration Lab with PI Dr. Charlotte P. Lee.

I am interested in social emergence, nascence in collaboration, and the intersectionality of methodologies of research, design, and practice that span in modalities and temporalities such as: participatory design, value sensitive design, speculative design, from design sprints to slow ethnography.

My primary research is focused on the following projects: (1) Model of Coordinated Action (MoCA): a theoretical framework that describes collaboration; (2) Sociotechnical Design: co-designing a research infrastructure with ocean science researchers for the study of marine ecosystems.

Research

June 2018 - Present

Graduate Research Assistant (with Charlotte P. Lee)
Sociotechnical Design: Creating a Data Repository for the Study of Marine Ecosystems

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Conducted ethnographic research and drawing on “action research” and participatory design methods to help a multi-disciplinary group of investigators and scientific stakeholders come together to design and develop shared understandings, priorities, practices, methods, software tools, and computer architectures that will lead to the development of a data repository
2015 - Present

Research Assistant (with Charlotte P. Lee)
Model of Coordinated Action (MoCA)

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Developed a theoretical framework to define and describe coordinated-action. Conducted a retrospective content analysis of CSCW (Computer-Supported Cooperative Work).

Education

Sept 2018 - Present

Ph.D. Human Centered Design & Engineering

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
2014 - 2018

B.S. Human Centered Design & Engineering

B.A. Comparative History of Ideas

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1999 - 2005

A.A. Psychology

State College of Florida-Manatee, Sarasota, FL