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Jay Melican: Biography

Team Captain, Design & Usage Definition

Jay Melican: Biography

Jay Melican is a Senior Research Scientist in Intel Labs’ Interaction and Experience Research group. He leads a team of experience designers who work at the intersection of technology innovation and emerging social practice to synthesize and articulate guiding visions of the future of computing. As Team Captain of a small group of creatively gifted Intel employees, Jay has focused on developing that team’s rapid prototyping skills and abilities to collaborate effectively with more technically-oriented colleagues.

In his previous professional lives, he has worked as design ethnographer in Intel’s Digital Home Group, at Microsoft as user researcher,  and – at a variety of other companies – as usability analyst, interaction designer, and product strategy consultant. Jay has lectured on the adjunct faculty at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and at the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy. He holds a BA from Brown University, an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and a PhD in design from IIT.