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Skip Shelly

Associate Teaching Professor & MHCI Program Director


Skip Shelly


Campus Address

300 S. Craig Street, Room 201



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Administrative Staff

Cameil Ruffing


A design leader with 30+ years of experience leading strategic projects with Fortune 100 companies, start-ups and civil agencies, Skip has worked in a wide variety of sectors including investment banking, medical devices, telemedicine, manufacturing, supply chain, consumer products, education, robots, energy and defense. During this time he has mentored dozens of designers, researchers and product managers and has been awarded patents for digital workflow in histology and healthcare.

At the HCII Skip teaches and develops curriculum for the courses Interaction Design Fundamentals (IxDF), Advanced Interaction Design (AIxD), Service Design and Digital Service Innovation (DSI). For the two-semester MHCI Capstone course he guides 8 Capstone faculty and shapes educational projects with companies such as Bloomberg, NASA, Meta, Cisco, Honda, InterDigital, Progressive Insurance, Daimler Torc, CarMax, Numo, PNC Bank, Discover, Highmark, Amazon Music, Harman, AllScripts, Mastercard, Eaton, Draper Laboratory and dozens of others. He facilitates industry partners such as Home Depot, Lutron and Gilson Snow in the Service Design course, as well as investors who participate in the Investor Showcase to conclude the Digital Service Innovation course. Skip develops bespoke enterprise education for organizations such as Roche, Accenture, InterDigital, CarMax and Sheetz among others. He adapts curriculum for students that do not have easy access to human-computer interaction practices with organizations such as the South Fayette School District, the University of West Georgia and the National Defense University.

A graduate of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, Skip was a design leader at Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and MAYA Design before co-founding boutique design consultancy LotterShelly, which was later acquired by IBM Premier Business partner Summa Technologies in 2010. After serving as an adjunct at CMU from 2011 to 2015, Skip returned to CMU as an Associate Teaching Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Program in 2016 and also served as Faculty Director for the Master of Human-Computer Interaction Program. In 2019 he was appointed Director of the Master of Human-Computer Interaction Program in 2019.