In late April, UMass Alumna Amy Bunszel ('91 M.S.) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was honored by the National Diversity and Leadership Conference as one of its “2021 Top 50 Women in Tech.” As executive vice president of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Design Solutions at Autodesk, Bunszel manages product strategy and execution for the company’s 3D design portfolio, including the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Collection, AutoCAD family, Autodesk Revit, and more. See Press Release.
According to a press release put out by the National Diversity Council (NDC), “The Top 50 Women in Tech Award honors tech professionals who are changemakers in the area of diversity and inclusion. These individuals possess the highest commitment to growth and the advancement of an inclusive community. This award honors leaders who are advancing the tech field in meaningful and changing ways within society at-large.”
The NDC release went on to explain that DiversityFirstTM recognized the 2021 Top 50 Women in Tech at the 17th Annual National Diversity and Leadership Conference, held virtually on April 21-22 and April 28-29. Award winners were selected from organizations across the country and represented various industries such as healthcare, technology, and entertainment.
Bunszel has more than 20 years of experience innovating software products across the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, and entertainment industries and, according to the NDC, “Amy inspires innovative strategy while driving large-scale agile software development around the globe.”
The NDC explained that Bunszel combines her roots as a startup cofounder with deep product management knowledge and large-scale product execution expertise to build high-performing teams focused on delivering value to their customers.
As the NDC said, “Amy transformed the company’s best-selling AutoCAD product to a modern multi-platform offering that serves as the backbone of the company’s subscription business and led a global team in developing and delivering desktop, web, and mobile apps that have been adopted by millions of design and engineering professionals worldwide.”
Before joining Autodesk, Bunszel co-founded Linius Technologies in 1996. The company delivered wire harness design software to the manufacturing industry, and its technology was integrated with Autodesk’s Inventor 3D mechanical design software when Autodesk acquired the company in 2003.
In addition to her M.S. degree from UMass Amherst, Bunszel holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. She is a member of the President’s Council for Cornell Women, the Entrepreneurship Program at Cornell, and the Athena Alliance. (June 2021)