UW Human Centered Design & Engineering PhD student Daniel Perry has been awarded a UW Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year. The Graduate School Presidential Dissertation award was established with support of the University President and assists PhD candidates in the final stages of completing their dissertations. He is the first HCDE student to receive the award.
Perry’s dissertation examines how game-based learning experiences vary based on the specific perceptual, affective, and computational capacities of each learner. His research builds upon an NSF-funded project led by HCDE Professor Cecilia Aragon. In this research, Perry organized co-design sessions with youth to develop the game MAX5, a computer game where players use bioinformatics tools to stop a fictional lethal influenza outbreak. He hopes that his research will be of use to other game designers and educators who want to broaden participation to reach diverse types of learners. Perry is advised by Dr. Cecilia Aragon.