Stephen Melamed, FIDSA, is an industrial designer and design educator. With over four decades of design experience in consulting, manufacturing, corporate, and not-for-profit sectors., and consulting, Stephen engages with and interweaves multiple disciplines to create a culture of innovation. An apprentice to the Bauhaus designer, artist and author Werner Graeff and his son, the architect and designer Roberto Graeff, Stephen also studied with R. Buckminster Fuller for World Game. He holds an MFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and a BA in Theoretical Physics from Boston University. At UIC, he is a Clinical Professor and the Founding Chair of Industrial Design, and he is the Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Product Development (IPD) at the UIC Innovation Center.
Stephen is the author of By Design: Museum Environments for All and has written numerous articles on innovation, industrial design, interdisciplinary product development, design thinking and design research. He was a guest speaker at the First International Interdisciplinary Design Conference at the United Nations in New York City, and has been a featured lecturer at universities and conferences around the world. The recipient of a Design Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts & Humanities, Stephen was honored as the 2011 IDSA Midwest Educator of the Year and selected for New City Magazine's annual Design 50: Who Shapes Chicago. In 2016, he was inducted into the IDSA Academy of Fellows. He's been named as the inventor/co-inventor on 60 design and utility patents.
In addition to his work at UIC, he is a Founder and Principal of the internationally-awarded industrial design consulting firm, PlusD2, Inc. (formerly Tres Design Group), and was a founding member of the AIGA national design advocacy group, Design for Democracy (D4D).