Chris Platz

Interactive design and game development program coordinator


  • B.S., business management, Southern Polytechnic State University
  • M.F.A., computer art, The Art Institute of California


  • More than a decade of experience teaching animation and game design at San Francisco State University, California College of the Arts, Stanford University, Academy of Art University and more.
  • Contributed to a variety of independent games and virtual reality experiences, including "Carillon," "ECHO::Canyon," "Grey Wastes," "Equinox Rift," "SyZyGy SyNth" and "World of Mush."
  • Provided research and studio work to Stanford University, Smule and more.

Awards, recognitions and honors

  • Best portfolio award, Art Institute of California – San Francisco
  • "Grey Wastes" included in Forbes' "10 Games From Stanford Cardinal Game Jam."

Publications and Presentations

  • Fergal Gallagher, "Stanford Virtual Reality Concert Featuring Oculus Rift And Leap Motion Controllers," Tech Times, June 15, 2015.
  • Alex Colgan, "Twist the Gears of a Massive VR Music Engine with 'Carillon,'" Leap Motion blog, June 9, 2015.
  • Daniel Terdiman, "Watch Stanford Laptop Orchestra Play A Giant VR Music Engine," Fast Company, June 9, 2015.
  • Thomas Ehrlich and Ernestine Fu, "10 Games from Stanford Cardinal Game Jam: 5. Grey Wastes," Forbes, Nov. 10, 2014.
  • Nick Veronin, "The creativity of 'karma,'” Palo Alto Online, July 10, 2014.
  • Katharine Schwab, "Design Nights inspire thinking and partying," SF Gate, Aug. 27,  2013.
  • Erica Naone, "3-D Design for the Masses," MIT Technology Review, Jan. 17, 2008.
  • Bud Goodall, "Stanford Scientists Build a Better Virtual World," The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 11, 2008.
  • Soulskill, "Computer Scientists Grow a Better Virtual Tree," Slashdot, Jan. 11, 2008.
  • Robert Toews, "Software aids creation of digital worlds," The Stanford Daily, vol. 232, no. 50 (10), Jan. 10, 2008
  • Roland Piquepaille, "Build your own 3-D virtual trees," ZDNet, Jan. 10, 2008
  • Ian Lamont, "Dryad and the 3D Modeling Challenge," Computerworld, Jan. 7, 2008.
  • Dan Stober, "Building a better virtual world, one tree (or millions) at a time," Stanford News, Jan. 7, 2008.