Dale Mayeda is head of effects animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios. Currently Dale is responsible for creating and managing all of the effects in the upcoming feature film “Moana.” His team supports the character performances and art direction of effects ranging from oceans, shorelines, storms, magic and lava. Dale joined Walt Disney Animation Studios in 1999. His credits as effects animation head include “Chicken Little,” “Bolt” and the Academy Award-winning “Frozen.” He also served as effects animator on “Tangled,” “Paperman” and “Big Hero 6.” Prior to joining Disney, Dale got his start in the live action visual effects facilities The Post Group and Ranimaker Digital Pictures. Dale earned his bachelor’s in information & computer sciences with a minor in management from UCI in 1991. During his time at UCI, Dale was influenced by and involved in SPOP, as well as many other campus organizations.