Stephen Melamed, FIDSA
Industrial Designer & Design Educator
University of Illinois at Chicago
Stephen Melamed, FIDSA, is president, International Society for Design Thinking (ISDT) based in Beijing, China; clinical professor, interdisciplinary product development (IPD) and ID at UIC; associate director, IPD at UIC Innovation Center; and founder and principal, PlusD2, Inc.
He began his studies in theoretical physics at Boston University and later received a master’s degree with distinction in ID from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He was an apprentice to Bauhaus designer/artist Werner Graeff; awarded a Design Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts; and studied with R. Buckminster Fuller for World Game. DesignIntelligence named Melamed One of the Most Admired Educators.