ISA Presents Honorary Membership to Dr. James Truchard

10/22/2002 - James Truchard, Ph.D., president, CEO, and co-founder of National Instruments, has received the Honorary Member Award, the most prestigious award conferred by ISA — The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society. Truchard received the award at the Honors and Awards Banquet in Chicago Sunday evening, held in conjunction with ISA 2002, North America's largest exhibition, conference, and training event for instrumentation, systems, and automation professionals, taking place 21-24 October at McCormick Place South. The Society presents honorary membership to individuals who have shown a high level of support of, and contributions to, the advancement of instrumentation, systems, and automation.

Honors and Awards master of ceremonies Perry L. Grady, ISA's president in 2000, announced, "Honorary Member is the highest honor bestowed by the Society. An Honorary Member has the rights and privileges of a Senior Member. The citation reads, 'In recognition of contributions to the arts and sciences of instrumentation, systems, and automation as an innovative chief executive of an outstanding company.'"

"It is truly an honor to be recognized by ISA for advancing instrumentation, systems, and automation," said James Truchard, National Instruments President and CEO. "At National Instruments, we remain dedicated to improving the productivity of our customers by continually extending our vision for LabVIEW and virtual instrumentation into all areas of the design cycle, from research to design to the most demanding industrial manufacturing environments."

While working at the University of Texas at Austin in 1976, Truchard and colleagues Jeffrey Kodosky and William Nowlin founded National Instruments to develop software and hardware linking standard computers to specialized laboratory instruments. The first National Instruments product was a General Purpose Interface Bus (IEEE 488) for the DEC minicomputers. Today, NI is recognized as an industry leader in instrument control.

In 1986, Truchard and Kodosky invented the award-winning LabVIEW graphical development software, which introduced the concept of virtual instrumentation. When combined with continuously improving computer-based measurement hardware, LabVIEW programs, or virtual instruments (VIs), create measurement systems that work at ever-increasing frequencies and resolutions.

Truchard is a recognized industry leader — in 2001, global market consulting firm Frost & Sullivan honored him as the CEO of the Year for the Test and Measurement Industry. Editors at Worth magazine named him to their list of best CEOs for three consecutive years, emphasizing his focus on long-term growth and innovation. In addition, he received the John Fluke Sr. Memorial Award from Test Measurement World magazine for his significant contributions to the electronics test industry. Truchard received his doctorate in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Master's degree and a Bachelor's degree in physics from UT Austin.

About ISA
ISA — The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society is a 39,000-member global, nonprofit, educational organization. The Society fosters advancement in the theory, design, manufacture, and use of sensors, instruments, computers, and systems for measurement and control in a wide variety of applications. In addition to hosting the largest conferences and exhibitions for instrumentation, systems, and automation in the Western Hemisphere, ISA is a leading technical training organization and a respected publisher of books, magazines, and standards. ISA also serves the professional development and accreditation needs of Control Systems Engineers (CSE), instrument technicians, and others within the field of instrumentation, systems, and automation.

About National Instruments
National Instruments leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation solutions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 37 countries. NI increases the productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to-integrate software and modular hardware. In 2001, the company sold products to more than 24,000 different companies in more than 60 countries around the world. For the past three consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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