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December 16, 2019

Announcing the Winners of the AU 2019 Speaker Awards

AU 2019 attendees

The knowledge that’s shared at AU Las Vegas comes from the AU learning community itself—the users, creators, experts, innovators, and Autodesk employees who share their experience, their insight, and their workflows as speakers at AU.

That’s why we always make it a point to celebrate speakers who earn top scores on class surveys and in other criteria areas. These folks are passionate about sharing their knowledge in a way that makes the material come alive for those who want to learn. In the class surveys, we ask attendees to rate the overall skill of the speaker, the class materials, and if they would recommend the class to colleagues. In addition to the raw scores, we also consider relevant attendee comments and how well the class materials support year-round learning on the AU website. One winner is selected for each class format, and we also give awards for the top first-time speaker, top Autodesk speaker, and speakers' choice—for the speaker recognized by their fellow speakers.

So put your hands together for the winners of the AU Las Vegas 2019 Speaker Awards:

Hands-On Lab

David Butts of Gannett Fleming

Charging Ahead with Revit 2020 MEP Engineering

Lab Assistants: Ron Balmer, Alejandro Hernandez, Desiree Mackey

Industry Talk or Panel

Jason Kunkel of CADD Microsystems with co-speaker Donnie Gladfelter

The Seven Deadly Sins of CAD and BIM Management


Steven Shell of Steven C. Shell, Architect

Switching from AutoCAD to Revit: A Discussion about Various Approaches and Workflows, and How It Impacts a Firm

Instructional Demo

Marcello Sgambelluri of JAMA

8 Years Worth of Dynamo and Revit Classes From 1 Speaker in 60 Minutes

First-Time Speaker

Stacey Morykin of Pennoni Associates, Inc. with co-speaker Dylan Kahle

Mundane Civil 3D Tasks to Automate with Dynamo for Civil 3D

Lab Assistants: Jason Peters, Beth Uczynski, Ravi Wood

Speakers’ Choice Award

John Pierson of Parallax Team

Do You Want to Build an Add-In?

Lab Assistants: Jason Boehning, Marcello Sgambelluri, Carl Storms

Top Autodesk Speaker

Tiffany Bachmeier

Feeling the Spark for the AutoCAD Electrical Toolset

Lab Assistants: Randy Brunette, Todd Schmoock, and Robert Stein

In addition to the winners listed above, many other speakers received high ratings, and we want to give them some recognition, too. One trend to note: for the first year, hands-on labs are the class format most represented here. That makes us happy, because hands-on labs are such an essential part of the AU experience.

AU 2019

We also want to give a shout-out to an important but often unheralded group: our speaker mentors. These volunteers are AU veterans who share their speaking expertise, insight, and time to help our new speakers find their footing and provide memorable learning experiences. Through 1-on-1 meetings and online communication, our mentors are shaping the next great crop of AU speakers. And it makes a difference. It’s no coincidence that the winner of our First-Time Speaker award this year elected to participate in 1-on-1 speaker mentorship. Many of our winners are mentors themselves.

A special thank you to Matt Murphy for heading up this important program.

Congratulations to all our winners.

As you explore their classes, give some thought to what class you might teach at AU next year. Call for Proposals will be here before you know it.