From Ray Dolby hand-soldering audio processors to the hundreds of Dolby employees who participate in IdeaQuest, our annual innovation fair, Dolby’s success is built on people who are passionate about advancing the science and technology of entertainment and communications.

So we jumped at the chance to participate in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World Ultimate Mentor Adventure, a program for high-school-age girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—just like Thor’s Jane Foster, an astrophysicist portrayed by Natalie Portman. What better way to encourage some of the brightest young minds currently considering college?

On November 4, ten finalists from the program arrived at Dolby’s Burbank office for lunch, saw some examples of the science we put to use in entertainment and communications, and had the opportunity to hear from some of the successful women of Dolby, including Senior Staff Scientist Dr. Poppy Crum.

Dolby’s Vice President of Global Marketing, Mary Anderson, a former mechanical engineer, welcomed the girls and encouraged them to stay curious and follow their passions. Dr. Crum led the room through a talk on perception and discussed how she uses her knowledge of human perception to trick the brain for entertainment’s sake.

After a question-and-answer session that covered topics from scientific specifics to the challenges of being a woman in STEM, the finalists took a look at some of Dolby’s newest technologies—some of which can’t yet be seen outside of Dolby.

Then they were off to experience the Hollywood premiere of Thor: The Dark World in Dolby® Atmos™ at the El Capitan Theatre.

“It’s been great having these girls here at Dolby,” Anderson said. “Their enthusiasm is infectious, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll accomplish with that passion for science in the future.”

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