Cecilia Aragon is an associate professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington, where she directs the Scientific Collaboration and Creativity Lab. In 2004, she earned her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the co-inventor (with Raimund Seidel) of the treap data structure, a type of binary search tree that orders nodes by adding a priority as well as a key to each node. She is a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for her work in data-intensive science and visual analytics. Her current research interests include human-computer interaction (HCI), social computing and collaborative creativity, and visual analytics.