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Gary Smith 7 November 2012

Software design and support guy currently between engagements.

Born/raised on the east coast (NJ/PA). Stints in the south and mid-west (Huntsville, AL/Detroit, MI). Moved to Portland in 2002. Early career in mechanical machinery design and automation project engineering. Transitioned to robotic automation and off-line robotic programming and simulation with CAD s/w. This lead to more general marketing support for mechanical CAD systems (h/w and s/w) for Intergraph. Pitched a PC-based CAD product to Intergraph management and ultimately was responsible for the subsequent UX/UI design of 1/3rd of the product that became Solid Edge. Left Intergraph and did the same at Autodesk for the product that became Inventor (now AutoCAD Inventor). After 11 years with Autodesk, Inventor was doing quite well with all of the added personnel and there is a difference between what it takes to start a product from scratch and what it takes to sustain one of many products within a billion dollar firm.

Outside interests have include: art, music, reading, travel and caving.

What are you up to?

Currently seeking a full-time opportunity in Portland that will allow me to leverage my combination of: analytical, design and project management skills within a vibrant s/w team.

Why Portland?

Portland was the center of the universe for the s/w product Gary was designing and supporting for Autodesk. Although Gary started with ADSK in the metro-Detroit area, he moved here in 2002 (initially to Tualatin and later to Gresham). Gary re-married a wonderful woman who was born and raised in Gresham and who has strong family ties to the area (so he’s here to stay). Easy access to the coast, the Gorge and Mt.Hood make PDX a great place to live! Who can argue with a town that has great coffee available on every corner?

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Tags: #ux #social #design #travel

Now that you’ve met Gary, why not introduce yourself to Portland?

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