As one of Forbes’ America’s Favorite Bosses, Dr. James Truchard, commonly known around NI 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.
Under Dr. Truchard’s leadership, National Instruments redefined the test and measurement market with a software-based approach. Several key Innovations were necessary to accomplish this vision. LabVIEW was a key software innovation to achieve this goal. LabVIEW is a structured data-flow programming language that matches the way scientist and engineers think when they make measurements.
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, the Austin Software Council and FIRST Robotics.
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.