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November 13, 2019

Robert Stein on Motivation, AutoCAD Electrical, and Steve Jobs

This interview is part of a series featuring the members of our diverse AU community, from speakers and conference attendees to forum participants and online commenters. You are AU.

Robert Stein

1. What’s your current job role?
My current role is Senior Product Owner for Fusion Data Management at Autodesk.

2. What are your main areas of expertise and interest?
I have a passion for AutoCAD Electrical and have spent most of my career working on AutoCAD Electrical, Inventor, and Vault. Currently I am really getting excited about Fusion.

3. What do you enjoy most about your work?
I really enjoy using all my customer experience to help build a product that will help people in their jobs.

4. What do you find most challenging about your work?
Time management. In my work I am in meetings all the time, so when I am not in a meeting I need to make the most out of that time.

5. What is your all-time favorite AU class and why?
Several years back I did a roundtable discussion on Vault Integrations with a colleague of mine. The reason it is my all-time favorite is we had the last time slot, the last day of AU, and we were backed up against the AU party. We not only had great attendance, we had great participation and reviews.

6. What inspires you?
One of the number-one inspirations I have has always been self motivation. I want to leave a lasting legacy when I am gone, so I always push myself to go further, do more, be better. On those days when that isn’t enough, I would say my kids inspire me, each in their own way.

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Robert is currently working on a project that helps convert AutoCAD Electrical configuration files into a web-based format. This first tool will be made available to everyone at AU Las Vegas 2019. Other tools will be available in the coming months.

7. What are you most proud of?
From a work perspective, I am very proud to work at Autodesk. It was a lifetime goal of mine and I am proud and thankful to have made it in my mid-30s. Gives me a lot of room to have more things to be proud of. From a personal perspective, I am very proud of my family.

8. What new skill, personal or professional, would you most like to learn?
I am actually learning some programming for one of the upcoming AU Las Vegas 2019 classes I am teaching. I am building some tools for helping with AutoCAD Electrical configuration. You will be able to find it at when it is published (right around AU time).

9. What’s a fun fact that people may not know about you?
I am color blind.

10. If you could have dinner with one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Steve Jobs. He definitely left a “dent” in the universe. I think it would be a great opportunity to pick his brain about marketing and technology.

Check out Robert's AU Las Vegas 2019 classes: AutoCAD Electrical: Real-World Advanced Implementation Techniques, AutoCAD Electrical: Automation Techniques, and Mastering Fusion Team Data Management. Visit his profile (and follow him) to learn more about his work and contributions to the AU community.