People: National Instruments Corp (NATI.OQ)
Dr. James J. Truchard, Ph.D., is Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of National Instruments Corp. He cofounded the company in 1976 while working at The University of Texas at Austin. Under Truchard's leadership, NI has pioneered the development of virtual instrumentation software and hardware that revolutionizes the way engineers design and develop test and measurement applications. Today, Dr. Truchard leads the graphical system design vision that expands virtual instrumentation to encompass embedded systems. In 1986, Truchard and Jeff Kodosky invented NI LabVIEW system design software. Dr. Truchard is an active supporter of the NI academic program which focuses on growing students’ science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills through hands-on, project-based learning. In 2005, Governor Perry asked Truchard to chair the Texas STEM Industry Advisory Council, which directly addresses the declining interest and preparation of young people to pursue careers in technical fields. Before founding NI, Truchard worked as managing director of the acoustical measurements division at Applied Research Laboratories at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds a doctorate in electrical engineering, as well as a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in physics, all from The University of Texas at Austin.
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