Are you aware of the Autodesk Expert Elite program? It began in late 2012 with invitations to 62 individuals from all over the world. Many of those invitees were attending Autodesk University that fall, and were invited to a luncheon and initiated into the “EEs” by Autodesk CEO Carl Bass, among others. We have since held in-person meetings at the Autodesk Market St. office in San Francisco in 2013 and again at Autodesk University in Las Vegas in 2014 and 2015.
The Expert Elite group was assembled by Autodesk to “recognize customers around the world who have contributed a significant amount of time, knowledge, and assistance to our customer support community”. Expert Elite members are recognized as experts with one, or in many cases, multiple Autodesk products.
What can this group do for you? Chances are you have interacted with an EE member through a blog, in a tech forum, through watching a YouTube video, reading a tip on Twitter, or in the Autodesk Knowledge Network. As a whole, this group is responsible for assisting the CAD community in a large way. As an example, Expert Elite members account for over 162,000 replies in the Autodesk product forums, including over 17,000 solutions posted. Almost half of the current Expert Elite members author a CAD related blog, and almost 20% of them post to twitter regularly.
The initial group of 60 has grown to a count of 294 members as of March 2016. This group represents 47 different countries and speaks 28 different languages. 60% of this group is from countries other than the United States. Our contributing author Kimberly Fuhrman was an addition to the newest class of EEs. If you think you are a potential candidate, or would like to nominate someone else, the nomination form can be found at the Expert Elite web site.