James Intriligator is the director of Tufts’ Human Factors Engineering Program and a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (School of Engineering). An interest in vision and the brain originally brought James to Harvard where he earned his Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience (1997). After a postdoc in neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he left academia for five years and worked in venture capital and high-tech consulting firms as an entrepreneur, offerings designer, and innovation catalyst. In 2003, he merged his business experience with his scientific expertise and went to Bangor University (Wales, UK) as a pioneer in the field of consumer psychology. In his 13 years at Bangor, Intriligator created Europe's leading consumer psychology master's programs and co-developed several multidisciplinary design programs (Enterprise by Design and Social Enterprise Accelerator). He joined Tufts in 2016 to lead the university’s renowned Human Factors Engineering program into its next phase of innovation and growth. Intriligator is the author of over 50 publications in fields as diverse as neuroscience, neurology, consumer psychology, physics, and literary criticism. Since arriving at Tufts Intriligator has been nominated for a Tufts Distinction Award, shortlisted for Professor of the Year, and won a university-wide Teaching with Technology award.
As Tisch Faculty Fellows, Intriligator will work together with Kevin Oye, to create a new hybrid program focused on civic and social engagement. Specifically, there will be two major thrusts to their work this year: First, they will guide students in researching, designing, and testing strategic social interventions that address civic and social needs. And, second, they will work to develop a training program to empower local entrepreneurially minded individuals to become design-thinking social innovators. The programs will be built around a local approach to design-led social interventions: rather than addressing issues in other countries, this program will address issues in local communities. Over the course of the year, students will work in teams to research, design, test, and refine interventions in nearby communities in need while also training local innovators to lead this same kind of design-led innovation in their local communities.