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Faculty member presents, receives honors at Autodesk Conference

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- A Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty member presented a paper and received multiple honors at the recent Autodesk University Conference in Las Vegas.

J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology, presented “Finite Element Analysis for the Casual User in Inventor.” Autodesk Inventor is 3-D parametric design software used for product and mechanical design. Mather demonstrated how modern “expert systems” software makes complex calculations more accessible to design professionals.

Attended by 9,700 architects, engineers, designers, animators and industry leaders, the conference recognized Mather’s dedication to the Autodesk community.

Fusion 360, a cloud-based 3D design program, named Mather “Mr. Fix It” for sharing his expertise and providing solutions on Fusion 360 forums. Mather received “Top-Daug” honors from Autodesk Users Group International for obtaining the highest score in the Autodesk Inventor contest category. He was also named one of the most valuable contributors to Autodesk Community Forums.

While at the conference, Mather was recertified as an Autodesk Inventor Certified Professional.

Penn College offers an associate degree in engineering CAD technology and a bachelor’s degree in engineering design technology. Both degrees provide hands-on learning in drafting and product design using CAD-based software.

For information about the engineering design technology program and other majors offered by the college’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520 or visit

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J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Credit: Penn College / Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated December 18, 2014