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Getting to know Susan Fong

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how did you get into computer graphics 1995 Toy Story well when I was in high school I worked on yearbook stuff and yearbook staff was a very graphical artistic endeavor but I was also really good at math when I went to college I kind of discovered the magic of the union of the two I could go to school learn math learn how to program but create art at the end of the day when I first came to Pixar I started as a rendering software engineer that means I was actually writing the math of that rendering equation for a living over time I moved out of software and into production and I now am in charge of the entire rendering process from start to finish on a film as well as all new technology needed for a film so my actual title is global technology and rendering supervisor um I think one of the biggest problems facing Pixar is the concept of scalability so rendering keeps getting more expensive more physically realistic and the more expensive it is the more computers we need to do the job the more computers that there are to do the job the harder we have making the entire system of computers work efficiently and that's really critical to having an affordable cost point for rendering a film so I honestly think that one of the reasons I'm really good at math is because I'm diabetic I've been a type 1 diabetic since I was 5 years old and everything in diabetes is an equation you eat 15 grams of carbs and that equals one unit of insulin and everything you do I actually have a graph now amazing technology that shows me my blood sugar every five minutes so I can look for trends I can kind of correlate if this is how much I ate last time and this was the outcome how might I change it next time and that kind of trending of like how would I fix this situation actually extrapolates really well to a render farm when you're trying to think about looking at patterns and trends on a farm and trying to make decisions about how you might change it to change the outcome the next time around so kind of diabetes set me up for this