Access to Free* Software, Learning Resources and Global Networking From Autodesk Prepares Students for Visionary Careers
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept 05, 2006 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- The Student
Engineering and Design Community was officially launched today by Autodesk,
Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSK), a leading 2D and 3D software company. Students in the
fields of architecture, construction, civil engineering, and mechanical
engineering now have free* access to the professional tools they need to bring
ideas to life.
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Beginning today, any student or faculty with a valid education email
address is invited to participate in the Community. More than 6,000 students
at accredited universities worldwide have already signed up as test users of
the site, http://students.autodesk.com , which delivers free* downloads of
Autodesk(R) software products for architecture, industrial design, civil
engineering and mechanical engineering. Soon the site will also offer
resources for students in art and animation fields of study.
In addition to professional software solutions, the site includes features
that allow students to learn, collaborate and communicate with their peers on
campuses around the world:
-- Forums: Students worldwide discuss their experience using Autodesk
software, request tips on achieving the desired result in a solid
model, or troubleshoot a persistent error. Students chime in to
answer questions, and Autodesk staff also participates to provide
students with installation support for their free* Autodesk
-- Class Discussions: Tackling a difficult assignment in Architecture
405? Log in to connect with classmates to ask questions, share
information, or brainstorm ideas. Faculty can also participate,
taking classroom interaction to the next level.
-- Learning and Tutorials: The Community site offers the same
tutorials for Autodesk software products that commercial users pay
to access. Free to Community members, tutorials will take students
through scenarios such as creating and modifying a 3D view, adding a
roof to a building model, or manipulating the colors of a structure.
-- Social Networking: Students and educators can find and communicate
with others who have similar engineering or design interests.
-- Design Library: Students may browse and download plug-ins to modify
and customize their Autodesk software for ultimate ease of use and
creativity. In this virtual gallery, students can post examples and
descriptions of their work to share with others in the community.
-- Job Postings: Relieving students' job search stress, thousands of
job listings from a wide range of employers allow students to search
for employment and internships in their fields.
-- For extra help, resources from organizations and industry news,
students can also browse the Article Archive, Tip Archive, and Links
and Resources sections.
The Community site is the newest effort by Autodesk to support academic
achievement and lifelong learning by helping educators and institutions
provide their students with the software they need to prepare for careers in
design and engineering. Nurturing students in these fields is important,
because the lack of candidates to fill engineering and technology jobs in the
United States is a continuing trend: From 1988 to 2002, the number of college
students graduating with degrees in engineering decreased approximately 25
percent. And in 2003, 1.3 million engineering and engineering technology jobs
were available in the United States without trained people to fill them. In
addition to supporting engineering education in the United States, Autodesk is
devoting energy to the same effort in countries like Russia, India, and China,
where graduation among engineers is accelerating.
University faculty are thrilled to be able to give students access to
Autodesk software, knowing graduates will be better prepared to enter the
workforce and revolutionize design after using cutting edge technology in
"Autodesk's willingness to allow students to freely download and install
Autodesk(R) Revit(R) and other software packages, as well as providing
training materials, will advance the education experience for students," said
Dr. Kevin R. Miller, Brigham Young University professor. "This generous offer
by Autodesk to students and educators will advance the construction industry
from a 2D to a 3D world."
Professors have also been enthusiastic about the site's networking
features and discussion groups, which enable them to connect with Autodesk and
other faculty to share curriculum and resources.
In addition to the Student Engineering and Design Community, Autodesk is
helping educational institutions invest in the future by offering substantial
discounts, innovative subscription offerings, grant programs, training, and
curricula and by supporting national nonprofit associations that help
"Autodesk is committed to serving the next generation of engineers and
architects," said Paul Mailhot, Autodesk Senior Director, Worldwide Education
Programs. "We want them to have the tools to realize every inspiration,
whether they're imagining the next innovation in green building or a
significant new invention. The Community fosters the enthusiasm students hold
for these challenges."
Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that
great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the
world's leading software and services company for the manufacturing, building,
infrastructure, wireless data services and media and entertainment fields.
Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and
digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into
competitive advantage by becoming more productive, streamlining project
efficiency and maximizing profits.
Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For
additional information about Autodesk, please visit www.autodesk.com.
*Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user
license agreement that accompanies download of the software.
NOTE: Autodesk and Revit are registered trademarks or trademarks of
Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names,
product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.
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