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AU Advisory Council

AU is more than a learning conference where Autodesk users from around the globe meet and share their expertise, their industry-defining work, and their innovations in design, engineering, and manufacturing. AU is a community that helps strengthen the ties between Autodesk and the millions of people using Autodesk software to imagine, design, and create a better world. The AU Advisory Council helps advance that cause.

The council is made up of leading customers, experts, and partners from around the country. The group plays an important and constructive role in helping Autodesk shape the AU program, from its annual events to year-round programs dedicated to advancing industry practice.

  • Rebecca Arsham

    Rebecca Arsham is the corporate CADD training manager for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, a leading AEC management organization. She is responsible for the development of the corporate-wide CADD training program for the 11,000 global employees that use Autodesk software products. She has extensive experience in the development and integration of the “community of practice” approach to promoting staff engagement, knowledge sharing, the adoption of new technologies, and career development.

  • Rick Ellis

    Rick Ellis is the president of CADapult Software Solutions, Inc., where he provides training and consulting services to clients around the country. He specializes in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Raster Design, and Autodesk InfraWorks. He is a member of the Autodesk Developer Network, and author of several critically acclaimed books on AutoCAD Civil 3D and AutoCAD Map 3D, including the Practical Guide series.

  • Robert Green

    Robert Green has provided CAD management consulting, programming, training, and technical writing services for clients since 1991. A mechanical engineer by training, he has used many popular CAD tools in a variety of engineering environments since 1985. He is well known for his insightful articles in Cadalyst magazine and for his book, Expert CAD Management: The Complete Guide (published by Sybex). When he’s not writing, Robert heads his own consulting practice, Robert Green Consulting, based in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Ramy Hanna

    Ramy Hanna is a partner and 3D artist at Tiltpixel. He has been in the architectural visualization industry for the last decade creating architectural renderings and animations. He is familiar with various 3D software systems and a variety of rendering engines. He is a frequent contributor to conferences that include Autodesk University, Revit Technology Conference (RTC), and VisDay. He is also an online instructor for The Gnomon Workshop and

  • Alex Lobos

    Alex Lobos explores use of CAD in product design and has collaborated with Autodesk since 2012 on research projects, development of CAD programs, and methods for design education. He is also an Expert Elite for Fusion 360 and recipient of the Fusion 360 Education Award. He is an associate professor of Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. His research focuses in sustainable design, emotional attachment, and user-centered design.

  • Desirée Mackey

    Desirée (Dezi) Mackey has been in the AEC industry for more than 15 years. She is a practicing structural engineer and BIM manager at Martin/Martin in Denver, Colorado. A regular speaker at conferences, Dezi is also actively involved in numerous professional organizations and boards. She is the co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Building Information Society, the chair of the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado's BIM Committee, a member of the RTC North America Committee, and she has served as an Autodesk User Group International (AUGI) board member, treasurer, and vice president.

  • Curt Moreno

    Curt Moreno is the owner and editor of Kung Fu Drafter, a blog that is CAD-centric and geek peripheral. He is also a contributing editor to Cadalyst magazine and member of the board of directors for Autodesk User Group International (AUGI). He has written and spoken on topics concerning the CAD profession, management issues, presentation topics, and customer relations. He is the CAD coordinator for a Texas-based engineering firm.

  • Kate Morrical

    Kate Morrical is the digital design manager for Silman, a structural engineering firm. She is responsible for coordinating procedures and standards for software used in the design process, whether CAD, BIM, or design/analysis programs. Before joining Silman in 2012, Kate was a technical marketing manager for Autodesk, working on the AutoCAD family of products, specifically AutoCAD LT. She has over 15 years of experience with Autodesk products and is a member of the AUGI Board of Directors.

  • Matt Murphy

    Matt Murphy is a widely acclaimed trainer, AutoCAD Mentor All-Star, and top-rated AU speaker. He was a featured columnist for Cadalyst and AUGIWorld magazines, as well as for the AutoCAD Exchange’s Ask the Expert Series. He is the senior director of product strategy for all CADLearning products from 4D Technologies, driving content strategy and helping create affordable training for Autodesk software users.

  • Kerstin Strom

    Kerstin Strom is a multifaceted industrial designer focused on the future of making things through the impact of design, technology, and play. Advocating new design skill sets that will be integral to the future of sustainable design, she is teaching and working towards her MFA in industrial design at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Mike Thomas

    Mike Thomas is the technical services manager at Prairie Machine & Parts Mfg., a mining equipment manufacturer. He oversees the company’s technical operations and technical growth. His duties include the ongoing support of both software and hardware, while improving interaction between departments.

  • Al Whitley

    Al Whitley, MBA, AIA is a registered architect and the principal at cadteacher/the Virtual Design and Construction Institute (VDCI), an Autodesk Authorized Training Center (ATC). Al has been a member of the ATC Leadership Council (ATCLC) for the past 3 years, and currently chairs the ATCLC. He is also an adjunct professor at UC San Diego and has been involved with numerous CAD and BIM standards groups.