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Randy Swearer

Dr. Randy Swearer is Vice President of Learning Futures at Autodesk, a global software company that focuses on imagining, designing, and making things.

In this role, Swearer works across the education and research groups, focusing on thought leadership for higher education, overseeing future of work initiatives, and leading the development of next generation learning platforms.

Prior to Autodesk, Swearer was dean of Parsons School of Design, provost at Philadelphia University, and a member of the faculty at the University of Texas. There, he was awarded a Texas Excellence Teaching Prize. Swearer also served as the deputy director of the design program at the National Endowment for the Arts.

With a foundation in technology, Swearer was a senior designer at Wang Laboratories and IBM. He is also active on the speaker circuit, having lectured widely on design, learning, and higher education. He has served on numerous national juries, including the National Building Museum, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Yale University and the American Institute of Architects.

Swearer received his Ph.D. in anthropology and urban studies from Union Institute, an M.F.A. in design from Yale University, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University in philosophy and history.