21 Sep 2021

Forge Keynote at Autodesk University 2021

Susanna Holt

Susanna Holt, VP of Forge

Autodesk University 2021 is swiftly approaching, and we are thrilled to premiere our Forge Keynote on October 7th at 9:30 am PST.  Join us to learn more about the vision for Forge, Autodesk’s cloud platform. You will hear from Accenture on why so many companies are not getting the results they want from their digital transformations and how Forge and connected data can help. You'll get insights from real customers, Emerson and AECOM, who are already using the Forge platform to make their data work for them, you'll learn how you can too. There will also be a glimpse into what is next for the Forge platform. The session catalog is now live and the Forge Keynote will be broadcasted four times, once for each region. Bookmark your session today!

Learn more about our Speakers:

Susanna Holt (Forge)

As VP of Autodesk Platform and Component Services, Susanna leads a team of software engineers and professionals and drives the strategy and development of Autodesk’s design-to-make platform – an ecosystem of building blocks and web services for software developers. Most recently she was the Senior Director of the Autodesk Forge Software Engineering team. Prior to that, she served as a software development manager and senior software developer in Autodesk’s Cambridge (UK) office. She received her doctoral and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics from Heriot-Watt University and Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main respectively. She taught math at Open University and is a Women’s/Mixed Masters rowing champion.

Brian Roepke (Forge)

Brian leads the new Data Analytics & Insights team for Autodesk's platform. Brian is a passionate Data Scientist and Analyst that enables data-driven decision-making through insights that optimize Autodesk's platform business, product, and cost. He is a certified practitioner of Human-Centered Design and loves utilizing its methods and techniques to bring out the best in people and build the most innovative, inclusive solutions. Brian has a long history in product management that he leverages to deliver everything, from ML pipelines to Dashboards as products. He focuses on delivering high value, great user experience, and the right outcomes. 

Stephen Pester (Accenture)

Steve has over 30 years of experience in the Design, Engineering & Construction of Capital Facilities. For the last 20 years, he has been focusing on the optimization of the engineering solutions used by EPCs and Owner Operators during the creation of capital facilities. He is now leveraging automation and AI to reduce tedious design and planning activities, unlocking an interactive experience to generate and explore decision alternatives within defined constraints to identify optimal designs.

Brad Budde (Emerson)

Brad Budde is Vice President of Digital Customer Experience for the Emerson Automation Solutions business. In this role, he guides the digital strategy and execution of programs for digital engineering, e-commerce, digital lifecycle services, and mobile tools. Brad has 18 years of experience in B2B markets at large and mid-size enterprises, including roles in digital, e-commerce, product management, operations, and engineering. Having earlier launched a new business venture, he is also knowledgeable about entrepreneurship. Brad holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.

Cesare Caoduro (AECOM)

Cesare is a digital engineering (DE) specialist and an experienced DE Manager. An early adopter of different related technologies he has over 15 years of experience using multiple software packages and a strong background and interest in researching, developing, and implementing DE strategies, methodologies and workflows.  Cesare brings skills in developing automation to fulfill delivery requirements and strong knowledge in different programming languages and computational design.  These days Cesare is involved with the global digital team to consolidate how AECOM approaches new and different ways to deliver value to their clients using technologies like Forge to improve productivity and reduce time-cost to market.


To learn more about what Forge is up to at AU this year, check out this blog post! We can't wait to virtually see you there, register today.

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