Stephen Melamed, FIDSA

Stephen Melamed, FIDSA | Principal, Tres Design Group | Clinical Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Inducted into IDSA Academy of Fellows, 2016
International Conference Planning Committee, Chicago 2013
Conference Planning Committee, Chicago Midwest District Conference 2012
IDSA Educator of the Year, 2011
Education Counsel Planning Committee/Student Membership, 2010
IDEA Jury, 2009
IDEA Silver Medal, consumer electronics, Terk Technologies Corporation, AM/FM+ Antenna, 1996
IDEA Honorable Mention, consumer electronics, Terk Technologies Corporation, TV60 HDTV Antenna, 1999
IDEA Honorable Mention, consumer electronics, Sports Instruments, Alta sports watch/altimeter, 2000

Stephen Melamed, FIDSA, is an industrial designer and design educator. He began his studies in theoretical physics at Boston University and later received a master's degree with distinction in industrial design from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Melamed also studied under Bauhaus designer/artist/author Werner Graeff. Melamed has been awarded a Design Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts & Humanities and a grant from the R. Buckminster Fuller Foundation. He authored By Design: Museum Environments for All and was a featured speaker at the First International Interdisciplinary Design Conference at the United Nations in New York City.

In the past three-plus decades Melamed has worked in manufacturing, corporate, not-for-profit and consulting as both a designer and team leader. 

Since 2005, he has served as clinical professor of Interdisciplinary Product Development (IPD) and Industrial Design at the University of Illinois-Chicago and associate director of the IPD Program at the UIC Innovation Center. 

In 2011, he was honored by IDSA at its annual Midwest District Design Conference as Educator of the Year. Along with graphic designer Marcia Lausen, he was a founding member of the not-for-profit AIGA national design advocacy group, Design For Democracy (D4D) and has served on its national Board of Directors.

In addition to his duties at UIC, he is a principal of the award-winning, Chicago-based industrial design consulting firm, Tres Design Group, co-founded with French designer, Luc Heiligenstein. The firm has received numerous international design awards, including Red Dot, Good Design, CEA and IDEA Silver. He has been a principal investigator awarded 58 US and international patents. He is also a Certified LSP (Lego® Serious Play) Facilitator.