AU Las Vegas General Session

When it comes to achieving better project outcomes, automation is the key—whether you’re making buildings, products, or media. Automation is changing how we work, what we work with, and what we’re capable of making—for the better. Join Autodesk President and CEO Andrew Anagnost to hear about real and relevant projects from across industries featuring visionary teams embracing the opportunities of automation. Better outcomes start here.


  Joining Andrew on stage will be these keynote speakers:  

Asa Kalama:  

Star Wars™: Galaxy’s Edge is a place where you can live your own Star Wars adventure on a truly massive scale. Join Executive Creative Director, Asa Kalama, for a keynote presentation at the AU general session, to hear how Walt Disney Imagineering creatively executed precision technical work to unlock the power of play.  

Elizabeth Hausler:  

By 2030, more than 1/3 of the world will live in substandard housing. Join Elizabeth Hausler, founder and CEO of social enterprise Build Change, as she talks about how culturally appropriate design, rigorous engineering, access to financing, policy change, and the power of technology can provide resilient and safe housing for everyone.


Asa Kalama

Asa Kalama is an executive creative director for Walt Disney Imagineering, where he oversees the development of interactive experiences and one of the signature attractions for the recently announced Star Wars Lands. He started his career with Walt Disney Imagineering more than 10 years ago as an Associate R&D Imagineer and has since contributed his technical and creative talents to the Parks & Resorts, Consumer Products, and Media Networks business segments. Asa has a Bachelor’s degree from UCLA’s school of Theater, Film, and Television.Elizabeth Hausler

Dr. Elizabeth Hausler is the Founder and CEO of Build Change and a global expert on resilient building and post-disaster reconstruction. Elizabeth’s strategic direction and leadership has grown the organization from a few employees in 2004 to over 230 strong working on three continents in 2018. Her emphasis on rebuilding to withstand future disasters has distinguished Build Change from its peers, won international honors and profoundly influenced global development policy by making resilience a major consideration for reconstruction efforts in an era of ever-increasing natural disaster risks. After her undergraduate work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Elizabeth received a M.S. in environmental science from University of Colorado and subsequently an M.S. in civil engineering from the UC-Berkeley, before achieving a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at UC-Berkeley, majoring in geotechnical engineering with minors in structural engineering and seismology.Andrew Anagnost

Andrew Anagnost is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Autodesk. Dr. Anagnost’s career spans more than 25 years of product, business, and marketing experience focused on driving strategy, transformation, and product development — and includes positions at Autodesk, Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company, and EXA Corporation. He also completed a doctorate degree at Stanford University and worked at NASA Ames Research Center as an NRC post-doctoral fellow. Anagnost began his career at Autodesk in 1997 and has held a wide range of roles in the areas of marketing, new business development, product management, and product development. Prior to becoming President and CEO in June 2017, he served as Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of the Business Strategy & Marketing organization. In this role, Andrew served as architect and leader of Autodesk’s business model transition—moving the company to become a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions provider. Previously, Anagnost held various executive positions across Autodesk. Early in his Autodesk career, he led the development of the company’s manufacturing products and grew Autodesk Inventor revenue to over $500 million. Anagnost is a member of the Autodesk Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Northridge (CSUN), and holds both an MS in Engineering Science and a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.

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