Join Autodesk for a Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner on Wednesday, February 25th at the Autodesk Gallery at One Market Street in downtown San Francisco, California for a delightful evening of food, drink, interactive exhibits and talks from the women at the forefront of innovation at Autodesk.
Autodesk is pioneering an “imagine, design, create” process impacting fields as diverse as the film industry, the maker movement, automotive manufacturing and more. From blockbuster visual effects and buildings that create their own energy to electric cars and the batteries that power them, the work of Autodesk’s 3D software customers is everywhere you look, including the last 19 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects.
There will be ambassadors from throughout Autodesk joining us in the audience as well to talk more about Autodesk, their teams and the exhibits on display in the Gallery.
Autodesk Girl Geek Dinner Agenda
5:30pm – 6:30pm – Doors open, registration, drinks, dinner, networking, music!
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Talks from Autodesk Girl Geeks!
a. Welcome & introductory remarks by Amy Bunszel
b. “Sustainable Design Within Reach” with Nicole Shumaker
c. “Unlocking the Creativity in Everyone” with Mary Hope McQuiston
d. “Hands-on: Empowerment Through Making” with J.D. Sassaman
e. Q&A Panel led by Amy Bunszel
7:30pm – 8:30pm – Networking!
Autodesk Girl Geek Speaker Bios!
Amy Bunszel (Vice President, AutoCAD Product Line Group)
As Vice President of the AutoCAD Product Line Group, Amy Bunszel leads the product team responsible for producing a wide variety of AutoCAD products running on desktop, web and mobile platforms. These products represent over $1B in revenue for Autodesk and through AutoCAD 360 over 40 million DWG files have been uploaded to the Autodesk Cloud and are leveraged by over 2.5M unique users of our web and mobile applications each month. Amy has been driving a transformation of the AutoCAD product line – modernizing the 30 year old desktop product and introducing new cloud, social, mobile experiences to the over 10 million AutoCAD users in the world. Amy’s roots are in Applications Engineering and Product Management and she now runs a cross functional team of over 350 people responsible for delivering over 10 varieties of AutoCAD products. In 2003, Amy joined Autodesk through the acquisition of Linius Technologies, a Massachusetts’s based CAD software startup she co-founded. Two years ago, after an 8 year stint in Oregon, Amy and her family (husband Chris and children Renee and Nolan) relocated to the Bay Area. Amy holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Nicole Shumaker (Marketing Program Manager, Sustainability Solutions)
Talk Topic: Sustainable Design Within Reach
Nicole Shumaker is the Marketing Program Manager for the Sustainability Solutions team whose vision is to make sustainable design a no-brainer. With over 13 million users, Autodesk tools are being used at the points of critical decision-making by those creating our built environment and industrial world. We are dedicated to developing new features and apps that make it easy, insightful, and cost-effective to understand project performance metrics such as energy efficiency and water stewardship- the two biggest solvable problems with the biggest financial payback for our customers. And while what was once a competitive differentiator quickly becomes an imperative, we are designing in capabilities that will help keep our customers from getting designed-out. Nicole will talk about some of the solutions coming to market this year and the amazing Autodeskers behind those innovations. Nicole graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. She taught high school math and built two (separate) successful businesses around Building Information Modeling (BIM) software and permafrost monitoring equipment before joining Autodesk. In her spare time she loves to race a wooden sailboat named Youngster and is, slowly, learning to play the guitar.
Mary Hope (“MH”) McQuiston (Senior Director of Marketing for Consumer and 3D printing)
Talk Topic: Unlocking the Creativity in Everyone
Mary Hope (“MH”) McQuiston is the Senior Director of Marketing for Consumer and 3D printing at Autodesk. MH has been at Autodesk since 2004 in various leadership roles. She is passionate about making Autodesk’s powerful design and 3D printing technology accessible to kids, makers, hackers, artists and entrepreneurs everywhere. She co-founded Autodesk’s consumer and 3D printing business in 2010 and subsequently has helped to grow the group’s user base to over 220 million total users. Most recently her team launched Spark, a free open software platform for 3D printing, and the Ember 3D printer, Autodesk’s first hardware product. MH has two kids and gets riled up about education, girl power, the SF Giants and her hometown of Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter @mhmcquiston.
J.D. Sassaman (Pier 9 Workshop and Creative Projects Manager)
Talk Topic: Hands-on: Empowerment Through Making
J.D. Sassaman is a hands-on maker, architectural designer, and craftsman. Her work ranges from building traditional hand planes to producing digitally routed furniture, from interactive exhibits to adaptive housing proposals. At Autodesk, J.D. runs the Pier 9 Workshop and has helped build this world-class lab for experimentation and exploration which opened in 2013. Pier 9 Workshop brings together artists, designers, engineers, and thinkers to push the limits of what both our hardware and software can do. The workshop facilitates projects from many teams within Autodesk, teaching more than 25 unique machine training courses and welcome almost 1000 visitors a month. With the Artists in Residence Program, the creative community is developing into an anomalous and inspiring movement that embraces failure in the creative process, shares skills, and inspires others to discover the joys of experiential making.
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