Shalini Govil-Pai is an engineer and author of two books on computer graphics. She fell in love with computer graphics as a teenager. Unsurprisingly then she went on to get her under-graduate and graduate degrees in computer engineering. And with persistence and single-minded focus she got a job at Pixar Animation. As technical director at Pixar she worked on Toy Story and A Big’s Life. In 2005 she joined Google and now works for Google/YouTube.
In this interview we talk to Govil-Pai about how she discovered her love for computer graphics when she worked on a SGI graphics compute in her father’s lab. What was the first piece of code she wrote? What was it like to be the only female undergraduate student in a class of 35 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay? How did she land her dream job at Pixar Animations? What is her advice to young girls who want to study engineering? Tune in to find out.
Meet Danielle Applestone of Other Machine Company that makes desktop milling machine. Applestone talks about how growing up in Arkansas and discovering her love for math and science and how she decided to study engineering. She went to MIT to study chemical engineering and discovered that what she really wanted to study was material science. She got her PhD in material engineering. She headed to Silicon Valley,which is where she wanted to learn the ropes for starting a company. Tune in to find out how she did it.
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Nicole Lazzarois CEO of XEO Design, a San Francisco Bay area company. She has over 20 years experience designing and developing games for various platforms.
Here are highlights from an upcoming interview from our Women in Science and Tech series where she talks about the joy of wonder and developing games for virtual reality. What advice does Lazzaro have for those who want to develop and design games? Learn to code and read lots of non-fiction work is her advice.
Meet Anarghya Vardhana, a millennial investor, marathoner, math whiz and dancer. We spoke to Vardhana on how she developed her interests in science, technology & sports and how did they turn shape her professional career. For instance, we were curious to find if participating in sports activities helped develop her confidence level. How did sports help hone her skill as a team player?
Vardhana credits her parents for helping develop her interests in science, technology and sports. When we asked her whom she turns for advice her prompt reply was “My father.” She counts her father as her best friend.
Vardhana graduated from Stanford in 2005 and immediately joined Google. After 4 years at Google she left to work at a startup for a brief period. She then worked for a non-profit organization and Rothenberg Ventures of San Francisco that is often referred as a millennial VC firm. At Rothenberg she focussed on Virtual Reality (VR) and women in VR. She recently joined Maveron, a VC firm focussed on consumer-only business.
This interview is part of our Women in Science and Tech series sponsored by Zoho Corp. The interview was broadcast on TV in San Francisco Bay area.