Joe Astroth

Chief Education Officer, Autodesk

Joe Astroth has been part of the executive management team of Autodesk for over 14 years. His first assignment was to establish Autodesk as one of the market leaders in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) industry. He successfully accomplished this mission by establishing a robust portfolio of desktop, server and Web-based GIS/mapping and civil engineering products.

Earlier in his career Joe was a part-time technology consultant and full-time professor at the University of Missouri. Joe completed his doctoral work at the University of Chicago where he was awarded the Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship and the Mellon Foundation Dissertation Award.

As the Chief Education Officer, Joe brings a unique combination of business and educational experience. He understands the complexities of running a global business, yet he has walked in the shoes of our Education customers and brings a great deal of passion and experience to Education.

Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries -- including the last 15 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects -- use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets. For additional information about Autodesk, visit