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Carl Bass, Christian Benimana, Jeff Kowalski, Anna Nixon

22760: Autodesk University Opening Keynote

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Join Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalski as we kick off Autodesk University 2016. They’ll be talking about the trends and technologies they think will have the biggest impact on the work we do, and presenting exciting Autodesk customers from around the world who are doing some things you just won’t believe.



Carl Bass

President and CEO Autodesk, Inc.Carl co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. He serves on the Board of Directors of Autodesk, E2open, the Art Center College of Design, and the Rocky Mountain Institute. He is a member of the Executive Advisory Boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science and the UC Berkeley School of Information.

Christian Benimana

Christian Benimana is the Rwanda programs director with MASS Design Group. He currently leads the implementation of the African Design Center, a field-based apprenticeship that is set to be the BAUHAUS of Africa. Prior to joining MASS, he worked with LongiLat Architecture and Research in Shanghai assisting with the Porsche Center in Shanghai and the Netherlands Pavilion in the 2010 International Expo. He is particularly interested in the innovative use of materials and technologies for sustainable designs. He was a 2011 Global Health Corps fellow with MASS and Partners in Health projects and has been involved with design/build projects, development initiatives, operational and administration leadership at MASS, as well as teaching at the architecture school of the former Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). He is currently the chairman of both the Education Board of the Rwanda Institute of Architects and the Education Board of the East African Institute of Architects.  

Jeff Kowalski

Chief Technology Officer and SVP, AutodeskPrior to being named CTO in 2006, Jeff served as Senior Director of Autodesk Worldwide Subscription Programs, and directed product development within the Autodesk Collaboration Services Division. Jeff holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in computer science, both from Cornell University.

Anna Nixon

Anna Nixon is a junior attending high school in Portland, Oregon. She has been interested in technology since she was a young girl. In second grade, she started participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition and has taken part in all 4 levels of competition. She is currently the programming lead on her high school team. Anna has been a regional winner of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award 2 years in a row. Last year she won Marvel's Ant-Man: Micro-Tech Challenge and she has also received an honorable mention for the MIT Think award. To share her interest in technology, she co-founded STEM4Girls, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization interested in inspiring girls to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.



  • 2016
  • 22760
  • AU Las Vegas