Michal Pasternak is a partner and head of user experience at Huge, where she oversees one of the world's largest and most talented UX teams. She has driven the creation of user-friendly experiences on many of the agency's most prominent e-commerce and media engagements. Michal joined Huge in 2004 as one of its first interaction designers and has been instrumental in growing the company's User Experience and Strategy practices. She also helped develop Huge School, a discipline-specific, paid apprenticeship program designed to give talented individuals the skills required to be successful in a career at Huge. Previously, Michal worked at IDEO and Applied Materials, where she designed user-centered products in the physical world. Michal earned an MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. She aslso studied, taught and performed improv comedy for more than 15 years.