Susie Lu

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Susie Lu is an American data scientist and the senior data visualization engineer at Netflix.[1] She uses her knowledge of data visualization to present logical and graphical formats to help Netflix appropriately interpret user's data.[2]

Life and education[edit]

Lu has been using her skills in data visualization at Netflix since April 2015. Lu obtained a Bachelor of Science in painting and industrial and systems engineering from the University of Washington in 2010.[2] Lu has used these two different majors to allow herself to truly interact with data visualization in the most appropriate way.[2] After school, Lu worked for Silicon Valley Data Science as a Data Scientist and Data Visualization Developer before she moved to Netflix.[2]


In her free time away from Netflix, Lu works on data visualization projects. Currently, she is turning grocery shopping receipts into data visualizations that are unique and easier to understand.[3] On this receipt, Lu divides it into a bubble chart and bar chart to better depict what areas of produce she is spending her money on.[4] Lu bought a thermal printer to create receipts that allowed her to look at what categories of food she spent the most in.[5] Outside of Netflix and her time spent working on data visualizations, Lu is a cartoonist and artist.


Lu was nominated for a Dean's Medal in Painting and Systems Engineering from the University of Washington.[2] Her biggest accomplishment, "all of the dashboards our team has made at Netflix in the last year. It’s so rewarding to build an application and have users tell us that it’s a delight to use. We’re helping the business get more out of their data than they ever have before".[2]


  1. ^ "Experimental Data Visualization (Susie Lu)". Michael Sandberg's Data Visualization Blog. May 9, 2019. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Painting by numbers: Engineering, art and data science". UW College of Engineering. February 13, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  3. ^ "Susie Lu - home". Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  4. ^ "Is It Time to Redesign the Receipt?". Core77. Retrieved December 9, 2021.
  5. ^ Frauenfelder, Mark (May 13, 2019). "A designer comes up with a much better supermarket receipt". Boing Boing. Retrieved November 4, 2021.