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

Hello!

Smiley faceMy name is Michael Beach. I’m a 3rd-year PhD student in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington (UW); advised by Dr. Tyler Fox. I have a BS in HCDE and a BA in Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) from UW.

My research interests include discursive design, posthumanism, more-than-human centered design, feminist new materialism, process philosophy, multispecies ethnography, and methodologies that span across these perspectives.

This Winter quarter, I am co-running a Directed Research Group called, The UX of Climate Change: Western Red Cedar Dieback. We are conducting user research and rapidly prototyping design solutions that will increase community participation in tracking Western red cedar -- a culturally, economically, and environmentally critical organism in PNW forests.

Feel free to reach out! I would love to chat.

Research

Jan - Mar 2021 (current)

Research Group Co-Facilitator
The UX of Climate Change: Western Red Cedar Dieback | Directed Research Group

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Co-facilitated research group to conduct user research and rapidly prototype design solutions that will increase community participation in tracking Western red cedar.
Oct - Dec 2020

Research Group Lead Facilitator / Designer
POST(-)HUMAN HAZMAT: Design fiction for multispecies care and collaborative survival in cataclysmic climates | Directed Research Group

University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Facilitated and designed co-design research group to explore and translate more-than-human theories and concepts into practice through more-than-human stories in the form of a zine. To learn more please visit: https://michaelwbeach.com/posthumanhazmat/
June 2019 - Feb 2020

UI Designer / Frontend Developer Internship (Extended)
Science Capsule

Data Science & Technology Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
Designed and developed frontend UI of a web platform for multi-disciplinary scientific stakeholders based on existing user research data. Science Capsule is a tool that collects, annotates, and analyses live data from LBNL’s Beamline experiments at the Advanced Light Source facility.
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).

Publications

June 2020

Neang, Andrew B., Will Sutherland, Michael W. Beach, and Charlotte P. Lee. "Data Integration as Coordination: The Articulation of Data Work in an Ocean Science Collaboration." Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), (2020).

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