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Corrinne Yu – The Technophile Female Game Programmer

Talking about well known female programmers, the first name that is likely to find place in our minds is none other than Corrinne Yu, who is a female game programmer. Corrinne Yu is known to have born and brought up in Hong Kong. On the educational front, Yu is known to have achieved leaps and bounds. At a very basic level, Corrinne Yu is known to hold a degree in electrical engineering from none other than the California State Polytechnic University. Yu is recognized as an extremely bright and intelligent lady who right after finishing her education is known to have joined the programming league. All said and done, today, Yu is known to largely stand out as one of the most successful women in the area of game programming.

Corrinne Yu

Corrinne Yu

Professional Curve of Yu

On the professional front, Yu’s career is known to project an upward trend on a continuous basis, all thanks to the hard work and dedication put in by this lady towards her profession. At present, Yu is known to be associated with 343 Industries as a Principal Engine Architect. Yu is known to have begun her game programming career as an elite programmer for Apple II’s King’s Quest series. One of the popular outcomes contributed by Yu is to none other than the game of Zombie. Apart from this, Corrinne Yu is also known to be employed by a large number of another entities on a wide array of distinct games that include the likes of lon storm, Quake 2 among others from the time when she began her career.

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Yet another game that is known to have improved drastically all thanks to the heavy modifications introduced by Yu in the same is undoubtedly the game Epic Unreal Engine 3. These modifications were particularly noticed in the areas of lighting, physics as well as shadows. Corrinne Yu is also known to have spent a considerable amount of time with 3D Realms.

Corrinne Yu

Corrinne Yu in 2013

At present, Corrinne Yu is known to play a pivotal role at Microsoft’s internal studio 343 Industries. The primary reason behind recruiting Yu was to look after the Halo franchise. This was exactly during that time when Bungie went ahead to part ways with Microsoft. As far as the Halo franchise is concerned, Corrinne Yu is known to have made huge contributions to the 2012 video game Halo 4. To be more specific, the above mentioned alterations are mainly seen in the fields of lighting as well as facial animation. Moreover, an advanced technology version is also known to have been unveiled in the said game.

Corrinne Yu

Personal Life of Corrinne Yu

Corrinne Yu is known to have married Kenneth Scott. Her husband is also known to be associated with 343 Industries as a Senior Art Director. They together have a daughter named Chloe Scott-Yu. Corrinne Yu is largely applauded for maintaining the perfect balance between both her personal and professional life.

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Addons at the Peak

Corrinne Yu is known all over the world for having programmed the Space Shuttle for Rockwell International California. Above all, Yu is known to be a founding member of Microsoft’s Direct 3D Advisory Board. Apart from this, Corrinne Yu is also known to have participated in both CUDA as well as GPU simulation at NVidia. Similarly, Yu is known to have won a national award from the U.S Department of Energy for carrying out a successful research in the area of nuclear physics. In addition to this, Corrinne Yu was also recognized by Kotaku as one of the ten most influencial women in the field of games. Lastly, Corrinne Yu is also known to have conducted accelerator experiments at LINAC in California.

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Zainil Dedhia

Zainil is commerce graduate & is pursuing his further studies in commerce. He loves to write about software's & social media.

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  • Thanks for sharing this information Zainil 🙂

    Its really good to read about the details of this female game programmer like Ada Lovelace.

    Feeling excited to know about the present history of corrinne.

    Keep sharing the worthy unknown stuffs like this.

  • Hi Zainil,
    Very nice article, i can’t imagine that she is behind Halo 4.
    She has amazing story about her career. Amazing woman
    Thanks for your sharing.

    Stephan Wu

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