NOVEMBER 5--James Truchard, president, CEO, and cofounder of National Instruments Corp. (Austin, TX; www.ni.com), has received the Honorary Member Award, the most prestigious award conferred by the ISA-the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society. Truchard received the award at the Honors and Awards Banquet in Chicago, in October, held in conjunction with ISA 2002, North America's largest exhibition, conference, and training event for instrumentation, systems, and automation professionals. 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.
"It is truly an honor to be recognized by the ISA for advancing instrumentation, systems, and automation," said Truchard. "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."
In 1986, Truchard and Kodosky invented the 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, create measurement systems that work at ever-increasing frequencies and resolutions.