Cheryl Platz is an accomplished product designer, professional actress, teacher, and public speaker based in the Seattle area.
By day, Cheryl is proudly employed as a senior design lead for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Her professional passions include natural user interfaces, information architecture, and storytelling for product design. Cheryl's diverse background in the tech industry includes past employers Amazon, Griptonite Games, Maxis/Electronic Arts, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and MAYA Design. She holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon University in Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
By night, she can be seen LIVE most Wednesdays 6-9PM PT on Twitch channel Hyper RPG, costarring as Ma1nfram3 in their broadcast series "Shadowrun: Corporate SINs." She also broadcasts on weekends at her own Twitch channel, MuppetAphrodite. Seattle-area audiences can see Cheryl on stages around the Sound, most frequently at her improv home of Unexpected Productions in the historic Pike Place Market.
Cheryl is also passionate about STEM outreach, particularly using UX design as a way to engage high school students. After delivering several talks on the subject at Interaction '11 and GeekGirlCon '11, she created a hands-on workshop curriculum, "Making the World Easier With Interaction Design". Since developing the workshop, she has taught it successfully to over 500 students with DigiGirlz, Girls Who Code, and UW's Dawgbytes program. She is a frequent and enthusiastic speaker at STEM community events in the Puget Sound.