Robert Buzz Kross is Senior Vice President of the Manufacturing Solutions Division at Autodesk and is responsible for developing innovative technology solutions that meet the specific needs of mechanical engineers designers and drafters. He has worked on the development and marketing of the group's core products including AutoCAD Mechanical Autodesk Mechanical Desktop Autodesk Streamline and Autodesk Inventor the company's premier 3D mechanical design software.
Today the manufacturing solutions division develops software used in various manufacturing segments including industrial machinery electro mechanical tool and die industrial equipment automotive components and consumer products. Kross and his team are focused on helping customers extend the use of their digital design data across the enterprise with Autodesk Inventor the latest in 3D mechanical design technology and Autodesk Streamline the company's online collaboration service for the manufacturing industry.
Kross has more than 20 years experience in the manufacturing and CAD/CAM industries. He began his career as a mechanical engineer at Triangle Package Machinery a company that designed custom high-speed packaging machines. He then went on to spend nine years at General Electric and GE Calma with positions in software development application engineering and technical management for the United States. Prior to joining Autodesk in 1993 Kross was President and co-founder of Woodbourne Inc. which provided parametric design tools for the AutoCAD platform. After Autodesk acquired Woodbourne Kross joined the company as a director in the Manufacturing Division.
Kross holds a Bachelor of Science degree from North Central College in the Chicago Illinois area.