DR. ROD SANCHEZ BIOGRAPHY
Rod’s formal academic training is in neuroscience. He has spent the last decade working with companies such as Intel, HP, and DreamWorks Animation SKG to develop first-of-its-kind products and technologies around the world.
At Intel, Rod founded and managed Intel’s worldwide Community Solutions Program – this multi- billion dollar program paired Intel technologists and resources with industry experts outside of Intel in various industries to create new products.
Later, Rod collaborated with DreamWorks Animation SKG to develop a new technical model for rendering animated images used in motion pictures from geographically remote locations. This new technical model was used in the production of Academy Award® nominated movies such as Shrek Forever After, Kung Fu Panda 2, and How to Train Your Dragon, Despicable Me, and Puss in Boots. This technical process has since
become an animated motion picture industry standard.
Rod is the author of the Ben and IQ ExploreTM children’s book series. This series, which premiered spring 2017, and has gone on to entertain and educate children on various topics from gardening to healthcare with 3 books.
Rod maintains his academic roots and actively works with schools and universities around the US to develop digital media production training initiatives. Rod plays an active role in the community. He is an advisor to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Venture Acceleration Fund, an advisor to the ABQid Venture Fund, a mentor for the Activate NM business incubator, Science and Technology Fellow at Explora Science Museum, Film and Digital Media Fellow at the NBC Universal film studio at WESST Enterprise, a member of the HP Production Studio Advisory Council, Lead Digital Media Instructor at Ingenuity Deep Dive Coding, Director or Ingenuity Technology Solutions Labs, a faculty member in the University of New Mexico’s Film and Digital Media Arts program, and a member of numerous motion picture, technology, science, and digital media industry organizations.
Rod speaks nationally about the important relationship between emerging film, digital media, education, and world economy.