George ElKoura is a Lead Engineer at Pixar Animation Studios. He has many years of animation industry experience, first as an Engineer at Side Effects Software, working on Houdini, and later joining Pixar where he has been for the past 12 years. At Pixar, his current responsibilities include leading a team of engineers deliver high-performance proprietary animation software to artists as well as open source software like USD, Hydra and OpenSubdiv to the industry.