NI Co-Founders Inducted into Electronic Design's Engineering Hall of Fame

11/6/2002 - Electronic Design, a leading publication covering the electronics industry for half a century, recently inducted National Instruments President, CEO, and co-founder, Dr. James Truchard, and NI Business and Technology Fellow and co-founder, Jeff Kodosky, into its Engineering Hall of Fame, which was established with the magazine's 50th anniversary issue.

In recognition of 50 career achievements, Electronic Design readers chose 58 technology leaders, including Edison, Kilby, Moore, Grove, Jobs, Hewlett and Packard, out of more than 200 nominated for Hall of Fame distinction. The October 21 issue of the magazine featured 12 of the living inductees, including company co-founders Truchard and Kodosky. They were chosen for the revolutionary role that LabVIEW graphical development software, which Electronic Design named in its list of the top 50 industry milestones, and virtual instrumentation have played in the test and measurement industry.

The Electronic Design Engineering Hall of Fame honors men and women who have broadly influenced the development of electronic technologies. Truchard and Kodosky together revolutionized how engineers and scientists use computers to perform measurement and automation tasks when they introduced the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment in 1986. Their goal in creating LabVIEW software was to simplify routine programming tasks for engineers and scientists in the same way that spreadsheet software eased common accounting tasks for accountants. Engineers combine NI LabVIEW with industry-standard hardware to build custom applications for industries such as consumer electronics, research, aerospace, and many more. While the historical roots of LabVIEW are in collecting measurement data, today engineers use LabVIEW throughout the enterprise — from design to verification to manufacturing. Truchard and Kodosky, who co-founded National Instruments in 1976, continue to play active roles in the company, helping to guide the research and development of new products, and expanding the vision of LabVIEW software and virtual instrumentation.

"The distinguished careers and exemplary achievements of Truchard and Kodosky make them ideal Engineering Hall of Fame inductees," said Lucinda Mattera, associate chief editor of Electronic Design. "These men pioneered virtual instrumentation, which serves as a foundation technology for transitioning test and measurement into the 21st century. By making measurements easier, this technology improves productivity and reduces costs for engineers and scientists around the world — whether they are testing the performance of car brakes, manufacturing cell phones, or automating optoelectronics."

Electronic Design nominated hundreds of candidates and asked readers to vote for their Hall of Fame choices online. The voting began in January of 2002 and resulted in the inaugural class of 58 inductees, representing 50 lifetime achievements — one for each year the magazine has been published. Dr. James Truchard co-founded National Instruments in 1976 and has served as president and chairman of the board of directors since inception. For three consecutive years, Worth magazine recognized Dr. Truchard as one of the 50 best CEOs in the country. He received a doctorate in electrical engineering, and master's and bachelor's degrees in physics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jeff Kodosky co-founded National Instruments in 1976 and was appointed vice president of the company in 1978. He served as vice president of research and development from 1980 to 2000, and was named NI business and technology fellow in 2000. Kodosky is well-known as the inventor of LabVIEW, the company's graphical instrumentation software package. He received his bachelor's degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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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