Featured contributors: Pixar creators and engineers at GeekGirlCon

Pixar Animation Studios will showcase a variety of women within the studio ranging from animators to engineers

Pixar Animation Studios will showcase a variety of women within the studio ranging from animators to engineers.

Did Inside Out and Up melt your heart? Laugh endlessly during Monsters University and Finding Dory? Just have an overall appreciation and love for Pixar?

If you answered “yes” to one or all of those questions: prepare to be delighted by this fleet of featured contributors speaking and hanging out during GeekGirlCon.

In this lively panel – animators, software geniuses, and visionaries of Pixar Animation Studios will discuss their backgrounds and professional journeys. By attending, you will be able to grasp what it feels like working at Pixar and discover what is at the heart of the animation studio.

Here’s who is coming.

Yun Lien

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Lien joined Pixar Animation Studios in October 2005, working on the animation software for “Brave.” In 2010, she moved to the Render Pipeline Group and has worked on all of the studio’s films since then, including “Monsters University,” “Inside out,” “The Good Dinosaur,” and “Finding Dory.”

Prior to Pixar, Lien held various positions at several different startups and Oracle, growing into an Engineering Manager position. Raised in Newton, MA, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Computer Science and minor in Music. Lien currently resides in Berkeley, CA.

Becki Tower

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Becki joined Pixar Animation Studios in June 2008 and worked as an animator on “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “The Good Dinosaur,” and “Finding Dory.” She animated content for the “Ratatouille” theme park ride in Paris, and promotional materials for “Monsters University.”

She is currently working on “Cars 3” (June 2017). Prior to Pixar, Tower worked on “Horton Hears A Who” at Blue Sky Studios, and “Guitar Hero 3” on Neversoft Entertainment. Raised in Wrentham, MA, she graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Computer Art and also an MFA in Computer Animation.

Jude Brownbill


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Jude joined Pixar Animation Studios in May 2010 as an animator on the feature film “Cars 2.” She has since worked on the short film “Riley’s First Date,” and features “Brave,” “Inside out,” “Monsters University,” and “The Good Dinosaur.” She is currently a directing animator on Disney-Pixar’s upcoming feature film “Cars 3.”

Prior to Pixar, Brownbill was a supervising animator on the British television series “Kerwizz” and “Stitch Up Showdown.” Raised in Somerset, England, Brownbill earned a BA in Computer Visualization and Animation from Bournemouth University in Dorset, England.

Trina Roy


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Trina’s obsession with graphics in early music videos inspired her to leave her hometown of Seattle and head to Chicago to study VR and Scientific Visualization. The physics experience landed her a job writing simulation code for a little movie about a big green ogre named Shrek.

Since then she’s worked on eleven different movies including “Harry Potter,” “The Dark Knight,” and “Inception.” Trina’s back in the world of animation as a Senior Engineer on Pixar’s RenderMan software team. When she’s not making pixels dance you’ll find Trina drinking excessive amounts of coffee or hiking in the Cascades.

Angelique Reisch

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Angelique started at Pixar Animation Studios in 2004 as an intern on “Cars.” She soon began working in lighting for “Ratatouille,” and continued as a key lighting artist and lighting technical director on “Cars 2,” “Monsters University,” “Up,” “WALL-E,” and “Brave.”

Most recently she served as the character lighting lead on “Inside Out.” She is currently working on an upcoming Pixar project. Raised in Houston, TX, Reisch earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and a Master’s of Visualization Sciences from Texas A&M University. She currently resides in Walnut Creek, CA.

As the clock ticks closer to GeekGirlCon, we become more excited about our panelists and contributors who will be at the con. Read our panelist and contributors announcements so far here. Make sure to check back; we will be sharing the news of other featured contributors the weeks leading up to GeekGirlCon. Get your passes here!

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