Teacher Advisory Council
The Autodesk Teacher Advisory Council is comprised of highly dedicated teachers from around the world who are driving design education and the use of Autodesk software technology in the classroom. Their diverse backgrounds and experiences help to influence the direction of the Autodesk® Digital STEAM Workshop and help define essential skills for the 21st century learner.
Alex Hammel teaches engineering and architecture at De Pere High School in De Pere, Wisconsin, where they partner with a local technical college.
Ben Uyeda is a designer, lecturer, and entrepreneur focused on the field of sustainable design.
Bill Heldman is a veteran Information Technology professional committed to teaching students how to use entertainment, animation, and rich media software tools.
Dr. Brian Donnelly leverages his expertise as a teacher and researcher to design project-based learning experiences and assessments.
Brian Stevenson has taught Mechanical and Architectural Design using Autodesk products in a comprehensive high school for fifteen years.
Eddie Mack is an educator specialising in finding ways to make a wide range of CAD software solutions accessible to school students.
Organization: De Pere High School, Wisconsin
Name: Alex Hammel, Technology Education Teacher
The technology education program at De Pere High School is a state-of-the-art program. They have worked to align their classes with career paths, as well as partner with the local technical college to provide several articulated courses. Students who graduate from the program not only receive high school credit, but earn college credits as well.
De Pere High School subscribes to the Autodesk Design Academy Suite, so students are benefited with the latest version of Autodesk design software. With this powerful variety of software, students can input their ideas into a computer model and produce professional results. De Pere also provides students with the latest CNC machines and manufacturing equipment to turn those models into actual products.
The combination of equipment and software has given De Pere students the ability to create amazing projects that were not even possible a few years ago. This keeps them engaged and excited in the classroom, and prepares them for life after high school. People used to be surprised when De Pere high school students created amazing projects, but now it happens so often, they just smile.