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The results are in—we’re excited to announce the winners of the AU 2015 Speaker Awards. Each year we present these awards in recognition of exceptional speakers, based entirely on feedback from AU attendees. We received nearly 13,000 survey responses this year, with speakers averaging higher than 4-out-of-5 in all areas for both passion scores and speaker ratings. This goes to show the amazing expertise at the heart of our AU speaker community—we really do attract the cream of the crop.

To qualify for an award, AU classes needed a survey response rate of at least 25%, and a minimum of 20 attendees (except for Roundtables). Ratings were drawn from an average of 5 areas: speaker preparation, knowledge, presentation ability, quality of materials, and overall class satisfaction.

Without further ado, the AU Las Vegas 2015 Speaker Award winners are:

Best Roundtable
Steven Shell
Switching from AutoCAD to Revit — A Discussion about Various Approaches & Work Flows

Best Hands-on Lab
Rick Ellis
A Practical Guide to GIS in AutoCAD Civil 3D

Best Lecturer
Orrin Bourne
Let the Good Times Flow: Advanced Workflow Behaviors

Best Instructional Demo
Marcello Sgambelluri
More Practical Dynamo: Practical Uses for Dynamo Within Revit

Rookie of the Year (Best Newbie!)
Lars Eid Nielsen
Case Study: The Use of InfraWorks and the IDS for a Hydropower Project in Norway

Congratulations, winners—you guys knocked it out of the park! And thank you to all of our speakers for your incredible hard work throughout the year. Each of you helps make AU amazing and unique, and we hope you’ll continue to bring your enthusiasm, experience, and ambitions to Autodesk University for years to come.

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