For Danielle Feinberg, computers and technology have always been about creativity and beauty. And that’s especially true now in her job at Pixar Animation Studios as the supervising technical director. In her work on such films as “WALL-E,” “Brave” and “Coco,” she knows firsthand the beauty and wonder that can come from math, science and computer code.
Sharing that perspective is part of her efforts to narrow the gender gap in technology and encourage more girls to pursue STEM education. She has firsthand experience with being one of the few women in male-dominated classrooms and workplaces, so she has ideas about the reasons for that and how to counteract it. She also shares what inspired her to travel the STEM path she has followed and what insulated her early on from the cultural forces that often discourage girls.