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My First AU Impression: Heaven for Engineers

Trevor English
November 14, 2016

If you’ve never been to Autodesk University, there’s something you should know: it’s heaven on earth for engineers.

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I’m Trevor, and this is my first time at Autodesk University. I’m a civil engineer by trade, and this week I’ll be taking you along through my experience at AU, keeping you up to date with all of the amazing things that are planned. I’ll go to some classes, listen to the keynotes, and explore all of the technology on the conference floor.

First, let’s talk a little about the accommodations at AU. This isn’t just some podunk small time engineering conference where you stay at a Holiday Inn off the interstate (no offense to Holiday Inn’s, they’re lovely). You get to stay at the Venetian or the Palazzo resort hotels in the prime of the Las Vegas strip. The excitement only begins there. I chose to stay at the Palazzo at the recommendation of some friends, but you really can’t go wrong either way. I mean, look at this place:

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So, you get to stay at an amazing resort in the middle of a city filled with excitement. Maybe that’s not your thing, maybe you hate fun – I’m not judging – but AU is so much more than that. And I’m only just getting here…

You’ll get here and your engineering Nirvana awaits. AU isn’t just about Autodesk products, although there are plenty of outlets here to learn. AU is about everything engineering. There are industry leaders here across virtually all technology and engineering platforms. I’m saying this from my first impression experience, but as an engineer, there’s no place I would rather be this week.

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As I walked through the exhibit hall doors, I immediately said “My people!” Not audibly or to anyone, because I’m an engineer, and talking to people is not my forte. So instead, I spoke to myself, in true engineering fashion, and embraced the insane amount of engineering information I was about to intake and enjoy.

So, what should you take away from my first impression? You get to stay at an insanely luxurious resort, you get to meet engineers and technology on the cutting edge, you get to go to engineering heaven. Frankly, if you’re not here now, I think you should get to work on convincing your boss to send you to AU next year.

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Trevor English

Trevor is a civil engineer (B.S.) who has made a career out of engineering and technical communication. His work has appeared on Curiosity, BBC, Interesting Engineering and other sites across the web. Originally the Chief editor for Interesting Engineering back in 2016, he now works with software & tech companies, aiding them in content marketing and technical communication. Currently living in Texas, he’s also a published children’s book author and producer for the YouTube channel Concerning Reality.

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