Trina Roy '88

Distinguished Alumni Citation

Trina Roy is a senior software engineer at Pixar Animation Studios in Seattle. Throughout her career, she has helped bring to life characters and special effects in major films such as “Shrek,” the “Harry Potter” series, “The Dark Knight” and “Inception.”

After earning her degree at Willamette, Roy studied virtual reality and scientific visualization at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned a Master of Science in computer science.

Roy has made exemplary contributions to the film industry, particularly as a woman in a historically male-dominated industry. She was one of only a few women serving on the committee for the 2016 Scientific and Technical Awards of the Oscars. She mentors students through Skype in the Classroom and, at the GeekGirlCon conference in Seattle in 2016, Roy served on a five-member panel called “The Women of Pixar” to encourage young women to pursue careers in gaming, engineering and animation.