Andrea Vasquez

HOUSTON – Pixar Animation Studios’ Danielle Feinberg will serve as the keynote speaker for San Jacinto College’s “Extraordinary Mystery: Unlocking your Potential” Lyceum lecture event on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the San Jacinto College South Campus.

This year’s event will focus on the College’s eight career pathways: Arts, Humanities, Communication and Design; Business; Construction, Industry, Manufacturing and Transportation; Education; Health Sciences; Public Safety and Human/Consumer Services; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The event will feature a morning session and afternoon session with faculty speakers from a wide range of disciplines. Feinberg will give her keynote presentation at both sessions.

Feinberg is the director of photography for lighting at Pixar Animation Studios. She began her career at Pixar in 1997, after receiving her bachelor of arts in computer science from Harvard University. Her first entry-level position was as a render wrangler on the movie “A Bug's Life.” Soon afterward, she was leading the otherwise all-male department. She went on to light many of Pixar's films, including “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” and served as the director of photography for lighting on the Oscar-winning films “Finding Nemo,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille” and “Wall•E,” Feinberg's first movie directing the lighting as director of photography. Since then, she has served as director of photography for lighting on the Oscar-winning Pixar film “Brave” and the 2018 Oscar-nominated “Coco.”

Feinberg says she always encourages young girls and women to stay interested in science and enjoys using the excitement of movie making to inspire her audience showing them the math and science behind computer animation. She currently resides in Oakland, California, where she has a fine art photography company and serves on the advisory board for digital film making at the Art Institute of California.

“Extraordinary Mystery: Unlocking your Potential” takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Proscenium Theatre inside the Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center (Building 15) at the San Jacinto College South Campus located at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston. The morning session begins at 10 a.m., and the afternoon session begins at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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