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Dr. James J. Truchard

Named an Innovation Agent by Fast Company, James Truchard, president and CEO, cofounded National Instruments in 1976 and has pioneered the way scientists and engineers solve the world’s grand engineering challenges.

 As one of Forbes’ America’s Favorite Bosses, James Truchard, commonly known around National Instruments as Dr. T, has led the company from a three-man team to a multinational organization recognized as a Fortune 100 Best Places to Work and one of the top 25 “World’s Best Multinational Workplaces” by the Great Places to Work Institute.

 Under Truchard’s leadership, the company’s long-term vision, known as the 100-year plan, and focus on improving the world by providing tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery, has led to strong, consistent company growth and success of its broad base of customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders.

 Elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, Truchard has also been inducted into Electronic Design’s Engineering Hall of Fame and has earned the distinction of being elected an IEEE fellow.

 Additionally, Truchard has been recognized with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship for his community involvement with organizations including the Engineering Foundation Advisory Council, The University of Texas at Austin Chancellor’s Council, Austin Software Council and FIRST Robotics.

 Truchard’s personal passion for gardening and photography has led him to writing a gardening book that he has donated to nonprofits for their fundraising use.

 Truchard 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. Truchard earned his master’s and doctorate degrees while working full time as the managing director of the acoustical measurements division at the UT Applied Research Laboratories.