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Cecilia Aragon


University of Washington




Computer Science Data Education Information Technology Software Development UX/UI

Dr. Cecilia Aragon is Director of the Human Centered Data Science Lab, Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and Senior Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. In 2016, Aragon became the first Latina to be named to the rank of Full Professor in the College of Engineering at UW in its hundred-year history. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2004, and her BS in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology.

Her research focuses on human-centered data science, an emerging field at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI) and data science. She has authored or co-authored over 230 publications, including the book Writers in the Secret Garden (MIT 2019). Aragon is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the US government on outstanding scientists in the early stages of their careers.

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Keywords: Computer science, data science, human-centered data science, human-computer interaction, social computing, Latinx, faculty