Melissa is a Senior Designer at FUSE (Future Social Experiences) Labs at Microsoft Research. At FUSE she works on experimental projects as well as envisioning work that span many Microsoft products. Prior to joining FUSE Labs, she worked at Microsoft Automotive and Server and Tools. Melissa holds an MFA degree from The Ohio State University where she researched interaction design at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds. She presented her work at 3 international conferences before joining Microsoft full-time in 2008. Melissa is a native from Rio de Janeiro, eternally homesick and holds a BS degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Sara is a designer on Windows, which spans phone, tablet, and desktop. Before Microsoft, she worked for museum and cultural clients doing print, identity systems, and interactive displays. She holds degrees from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the University of California, Riverside where she studied Advertising Design, Interaction Design, and Business Administration. Sara is originally from the Los Angeles area by way of Chicago and Portland, but now calls Seattle her home base.
Jiwon is an interaction designer for Windows – solving puzzles for phone, tablets, and desktop. At Microsoft, she was an advisor for IdeaCamp, a startup accelerator at Microsoft, a design expert for Hackathon, and the designer for World Usability Day. She has strong interests in startup culture and how design thinking can solve universal problems from a grassroots effort. Jiwon studied communication design at Carnegie Mellon University and visual communication at Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst (Basel School of Design) in Basel, Switzerland for one semester.