For over 30 years, we’ve equipped engineers and scientists with LabVIEW, the only software that is specifically designed for rapidly developing engineering applications that require test, measurement, and control.
Last year, at the Software Technology Preview, we provided a behind-the-scenes look at several of the innovations to come in the future release. This year, we will announce the biggest news in the 30 years of LabVIEW. You don’t want to miss this landmark event on May 23 on the NIWeek keynote stage.
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Gain access to thousands of key decision makers within the engineering, scientific, and academic communities to discuss new ways to improve everyday life. The exhibition combined with the technical sessions makes NIWeek a unique gathering of the brightest engineers across almost every industry involved in advancing design, control, measurement, automation, manufacturing, and test. Learn More >
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The NI Engineering Impact Awards is an annual technical paper contest for which engineers, scientists, and researchers from around the globe submit papers featuring their most impactful and technically challenging applications created with NI software and hardware. The contest culminates in a truly awe-inspiring event during NIWeek that showcases the year’s top applications and honors the brilliant minds that created them.
Get to know our 2017 Engineering Impact Award finalists!
Finalist: Magnetically Levitated Blood Pump Impeller for Life Support, Ension and MIT
Finalist: Preclinical Multimodal Imaging for Cancer Research, Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute
Finalist: Millennium Space System’s ALTAIR™ Satellite, Millennium Space Systems
Finalist: NI to BigEye: A Tale of Two Platforms, ICON Technologies and Spookfish Global Operations
Finalist: Using NI PXI Solutions to Build a Universal Integrated Intelligent Test System to Escort the Launch of More Than 100 Satellites, Chang Guang Satellite Technology
Finalist: CompactRIO Delivers Major Impact in the World of PCB Assembly Inspection, Amfax Limited
Finalist: Probing of Large-Array, Fine-Pitch Microbumps for 3D ICs, imec vzw
Finalist: Embedded DIAL System for Measuring Fugitive Natural Gas Emissions, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp
Finalist: Extending Plasma Lifespan for Fusion Science Using CompactRIO System With FPGA, National Institute for Fusion Science
Finalist: Adaptive Structures: Stiffer, Lighter, Slenderer, University College London
Finalist: Redefining the Future of Cancer Treatment With Proton Therapy, ProNova Solutions
Finalist: Using NI Software Defined Radio Solutions as a Testbed of 5G Waveform Research, Istanbul Technical University
Finalist: Using the NI PXI Platform for LiFi-Enabled Intelligent Transportation Systems, Ozyegin University
Finalist: Development of High-Performance Engines and Construction of Smart Ecoships Through a Preventive Maintenance System, Hyundai Heavy Industries
Finalist: Lightning Hybrids’ New Method to Reduce Fuel Consumption, Lightning Hybrids
Finalist: Quadruped “Chitu” – Four Legged Robot, Zhejiang University, China
Finalist: TurboQuad – Leg-to-Wheel Transformable Robot, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Finalist: Dementia Assist – A Novel Way of Helping Dementia Patients at Home, University of Reading, UK
2016: Setting World Records in 5G Wireless Research >
2015: Developing an Easy-to-Use, Non-Invasive Technology for Cardiovascular Screening >
2014: Furuno Electric Co. Develops Weather Radar in 40 Percent Less Time >
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NI has established group rates within the official NIWeek housing block. All hotels are within walking distance to the Austin Convention Center. The deadline to book a hotel reservation online is April 21, 2017.
NIWeek is in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas, a hot spot for creativity. While here, be sure to check out a local band, visit a museum, or run on the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail.
Transportation between Austin Bergstrom International Airport > (ABIA) and the downtown hotels or the Austin Convention Center is available on SuperShuttle >. NI offers a 10 percent discount (enter code KFLTX): www.SuperShuttle.com >/800 BLUE VAN (258-3826).
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Learn how you can implement advanced technology for industrial design, measurement, and control while discovering emerging trends in science and industry. Additional benefits include:
Dr. James Truchard, NI President and CEO, kicks off NIWeek and presents some of the significant milestones NI has had over the last 40 years and the future direction of NI technology.
NIWeek tracks focus on what’s new, tips and tricks, application deep dives, and overall proficiency for attendees. They feature our customers’ and partners’ solutions and successes.
NIWeek summits focus on key industry themes and trends examined by thought-provoking, high-profile speakers and industry pundits.
On Monday, May 22, 2017, join NI and its distinguished academic, industry, and government colleagues in our commitment to accelerate discovery in engineering education and research.
The Impact of IoT
Maker Spaces and Studio Labs
Thought-Leadership Luncheon Keynote
Poster Lounge and Session
Virtual Track for Advanced Researchers
20+ Educational Technology Partners
10+ Test-Drive Stations
3 Student Design Finalist Projects
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Bonnie Ferri, Georgia Institute of Technology, US
Minghuo Zhou, Tsinghua University, China
Kipp Bradford, MIT Media Labs, US
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One of the most successful aspects of the NI ecosystem is the Alliance Partner Network. Alliance Partners help meet the needs of NI customers building their own custom-defined systems.
Exclusively for our partners, Alliance Day equips integrators, consultants, and product developers with technical and business training, and provides opportunities for networking with global sales, product management, and R&D.
Hear from female technology executives and leaders about best practices for increasing and leveraging diversity in engineering and science. Participate in round table discussions focused on sharing personal stories, lessons learned, and leadership strategies. With multiple opportunities to engage with women thought leaders, and women who are passionate about careers in technology, this is an NIWeek event you don’t want to miss.
If you are attending NIWeek, there will be additional opportunities to network and a happy hour to celebrate our collective achievements:
Space is limited so please register online and be sure to select the Forum. There’s no additional cost if you are purchasing a full conference pass. If you are already registered for NIWeek and want to add the Forum, log in and select the Forum.
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Start the last day of NIWeek with breakfast and lively table discussion led by NI executives. This is your opportunity to ask questions, share ideas, and network with leadership. Based on your interests and region, NI is also arranging for specific executives to attend and address your requested topics.
The Higgs boson. Missions to Mars. Self-driving cars. As the lines between science fiction and fact continue to blur, some of the world’s most ambitious engineering and scientific pursuits are rapidly asking us to reevaluate our relationship with technology. And to help us better understand the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, NIWeek’s Technology Luminary Panel gathers together notable engineers and scientists including NI Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Dr. James Truchard.
Join us on Thursday, May 25, in room 6A/B from 9:15-10:15 am.
On Monday, May 22, take advantage of the opportunity to develop your own embedded system with the LabVIEW Real-Time and LabVIEW FPGA modules and C++ using NI reconfigurable I/O (RIO) hardware based on the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC. Receive an introduction to the LabVIEW RIO architecture from a qualified NI instructor and hands-on experience building an FPGA-based embedded system with the LabVIEW RIO Evaluation Kit, which you take home after the conference.
Get the most out of your travel to Austin with discounted training and certification. As an NIWeek attendee, you receive a 25 percent discount on training courses and a 50 percent discount on certification exams.
With NI training courses, you can learn recommended techniques to reduce development time and improve application performance and scalability.
We offer three types of courses during NIWeek: certification preparation (free), training (fee-based), and certification exams (fee-based).
To sign up for these courses, register or log in to add them to your registration. Seats are limited for each course, so be sure to reserve your seat.
Whether looking for a last-minute review or just starting to prepare for your certification journey, you can attend a free certification preparation session at NIWeek. We offer four prep sessions, each given two times during the week. These sessions offer you the opportunity to review the certification requirements, preparation guides, sample exams, and solutions with a certification development engineer.
Learn faster, build skills, and accelerate development with a two-day NI training course. Network with peers, gain hands-on experience, and increase your productivity with NI products.
Challenge yourself, validate your skills, and advance your career with NI certification. You can choose from several exam times throughout NIWeek for your convenience. Reserve your seat now or walk up and register at NIWeek.
If you are an NIWeek speaker – congratulations! As you prepare for joining us in Austin this May, visit the Speaker Resource Center where you can find helpful information, such as how to get registered and the NIWeek session PowerPoint.
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With 125 exhibiting companies and access to thousands of the world’s top engineers, scientists, and academic leaders from a variety of industries and public organizations, NIWeek 2017 is sure to build on its legacy of providing the ultimate learning environment.
For exhibitors, that means a unique opportunity to take center stage and show how your company’s products and services are helping to accelerate engineering innovation. Leading system integrators and product vendors in the following control and design application areas have already reserved a space:
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Monday, May 22, 5:30–7:00 p.m. (Lone Star Welcome Reception)
Tuesday, May 23, 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. (Beer With Engineers, 5:45−7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, May 24, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
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NI is now offering sponsorships for NIWeek 2017. This annual event is the premier engineering and science conference designed to help attendees discover, learn, and engineer the future. Scientists, engineers, and other internal influencers showcase leading technologies from a wide range of technical industries and academia to discover exciting new engineering trends and technologies.
By becoming an NIWeek sponsor, you’re showing attendees, many of whom are C-level and represent some of the world’s largest and most dynamic companies, that you support their opportunities to learn how they can implement the most recent advancements in design, automation, manufacturing, test, measurement, and control systems.
Your company will be associated with the new insights attendees gain by networking with peers, industry experts, and academicians. These discussions can help attendees accelerate their careers, enhance productivity, and deliver best practices back to their organizations.
If your goal is to reach a captive audience of highly skilled influencers, sponsoring NIWeek is a sound investment. NIWeek attendees not only integrate NI hardware and software throughout their enterprises but also help drive strategic business decisions ranging from general-purpose computing to advanced technology needs. Additionally, product vendors involved in control and design application areas who attend NIWeek every year represent the following interests:
To address our rapidly approaching, hyperconnected future, researchers at Bristol and Lund set out to test massive MIMO as a viable technology for 5G networks. Using the NI MIMO Prototyping System, they rapidly implemented the world’s first live demonstration of a 128-antenna, real-time massive MIMO testbed and set two consecutive world records in spectral efficiency.
In India, cardiovascular disease accounts for half of all noncommunicable disease deaths. Because of the limited number of resources for treatment, HTIC used the NI platform to create ARTSENS, an effective and affordable technology that general practitioners and health workers can use to noninvasively measure arterial stiffness in an automated manner.
Furuno developed a compact weather radar to detect guerilla rainstorms and prevent other natural disasters in Japan. With the flexibility of the NI AWR Visual System Simulator™, LabVIEW, and FlexRIO, Furuno developed the radar in 40 percent less time compared to the traditional approach.
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We have been informed that registrants are often contacted by fax, email, or most often by phone with offers for housing. The intent is to convince you that the offer is made on our behalf, or that the soliciting company is a viable alternative to going through our service provider. This is not true. The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, through the office of Convention Services, is the only official NIWeek housing bureau. All other entities do not have permission to represent NI or the hotels we have contracted with to support our conference.
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Bonnie H. Feri received the B.S degree in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1981, the M.S. degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University in 1984, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1988. She has been on the faculty of Georgia Tech since 1988. She has also worked for Honeywell Inc. as an engineer. She is very active in the recruitment and retention of women in engineering, including middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate level activities.
Dr. Feri has been very active in the IEEE Control Systems Society. She was elected twice to that society’s Board of Governors, was the program chair for the American Control Conference, and chair of the Control System Society Technical Committee on Education. She has been an associate technical editor for the IEEE Transactions on Education and for the IEEE Control Systems Magazine.
Known as the Father of LabVIEW by engineers and scientists worldwide, Jeff Kodosky cofounded National Instruments in 1976 and has continued to mentor the global R&D organization and pioneer graphical system design approach through NI LabVIEW.
Kodosky’s invention of LabVIEW was named as one of the “Top 50 Milestones for the Industry” by Electronic Design magazine and is recognized with more than 100 national and international awards from major industry publications including EE Times, Electronics Weekly, Elektronik, Engineering for You, EDN, NASA Tech Briefs, and Test & Measurement World.
Kodosky holds 68 patents associated with LabVIEW technology and was inducted into the Electronic Design Engineering Hall of Fame for his invention. Learn how NI LabVIEW is accelerating productivity, innovation, and discovery at ni.com/LabVIEW.
Jeff K, as he is known around NI, has a personal passion for education and opera. Kodosky has been recognized with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship for his work with organizations including: The University of Texas at Austin UTeach program and College of Natural Sciences, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Board of Trustees, and the Austin Lyric Opera.
Kodosky holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.
I am currently filling the role as Chief Automation Architect at L-3, Communication Systems West division. In this role I am responsible for the skill level of all Automated Test Engineers as well as the architectures, common code and framework used by the engineers. Our team has earned a Center Of Excellence award from National Instruments for exceeding a defined level of proficiency in 15 different categories including: On-Boarding Process, Certified Engineers, Source Code Control and Documented Team Standards. After graduating from the University of Utah in 2004, with a degree in Computer Engineering, I started my career at National Instruments as an Application Engineer. In 2007 I moved back home to Utah to work for a startup using Verilog for FPGA design. I quickly realized my passion was in automated hardware testing and went to work for L-3 doing LabVIEW and TestStand. I am Certified TestStand Architect and a Certified LabVIEW Architect. I am a part owner and CEO of Testeract, an NI Alliance Partner. Testeract specializes in consulting with multi-developer test teams to help them standardize and build out frameworks with solid foundations. I am one of the top Kudoed authors on the TestStand forums as ~jiggawax~. I also administrate the UUT (Utahns Using TestStand) group which meets every quarter. I host a website called teststandhelp.com which supplies TestStand users with practice exams for both the CTD and CTA. When I'm not working I play the organ and piano for my church and love playing basketball and spending time with family.
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, 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. Learn more about the NI company story at ni.com/company.
As Vice President of Product Marketing for Academic, Dave Wilson leads the global team responsible for ensuring adoption, proficiency, and growth of NI’s academic business.
Since joining NI in 1991, Wilson has held roles across sales and marketing, including serving as a District Sales Manager, Director of Data Acquisition Marketing, International Sales Director for NI Japan, and the Director of International Marketing.
Wilson serves on the ASEE Corporate Member Council as an advisor to the Southern Regional Education Board and is a member of several corporate boards. He is an avid maker, inventor with two patents, and evangelist for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities.
Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from The State University of New York.
Born and grown up in Sweden near Linköping. Studied Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Linköping University and finished with a Master’s Degree in June 2011. From June 2011 to January 2013 I worked at Syncore Technologies in Linköping as a developer of software and hardware for embedded systems. From January 2013 to March 2015 I worked as a Consultant for Syncore at Saab Aeronautics. I have been an employee at Saab Aeronautics in Linköping since April 2015. For about a year I have worked as a technical manager for simulator hardware responsible for quality, new Technologies, Reviews and a lot of other things regarding simulator hardware. I am also an advisor for the systems engineers regarding different solutions for the simulator hardware. My main interest when I'm not working is: Running, indoor or outdoor climbing, fishing and outdoor Life. I also have a big interest in Belgian beers mainly Trappist beers.
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As VP of R&D at FlowServe, I am responsible for driving growth in worldwide revenues and profits from new products and services, as well as managing product lifecycles across our entire portfolio. My responsibilities include global R&D and solving complex customer field problems with our equipment.
As chief executive officer and a member of the National Instruments Board of Directors, Alex Davern is responsible for driving NI’s overall vision and operational execution. With more than two decades of experience at NI, Davern has been instrumental in establishing NI’s brand and business model as a public company, delivering sustained growth and profitability while maintaining the company’s long-term investment philosophy, strategically investing in R&D, and expanding the company’s sales, marketing, and service offering around the world.
In January 2017, Davern was appointed chief executive officer. He is responsible for balancing the company’s long-term vision with short-term business needs to create value for its customers, employees, partners, and shareholders.
Davern holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a postgraduate diploma in professional accounting from University College Dublin.
Anders currently works for Intel as the CTO and Director of Advanced Technology, in the Perceptual Computing Group. Anders has an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and a Ph.D. in Optical Engineering from Oxford University. He has worked at NKT Research Center, Thomson CSF, and University of California, San Diego. He was Chief Scientist at Templex Technology which was acquired by Intel. He was also co-founder and CTO of ThinkOptics.
As vice president of Systems Assurance and Partners at National Instruments, Tony Vento ensures NI systems exceed expectations for support and deployment and guarantees a scalable business model with partners.
Vento joined NI in 1986 as the company’s first applications engineer for LabVIEW software. Since then, he has held worldwide leadership positions across Sales, Marketing, and Applications Engineering.
Vento holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and a combined master’s degree in business and computer science at The University of Texas at Austin. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Engineering School at the University of Colorado.
Wolfgang Rominger is working as validation & verification engineer for NXP Semiconductors Austria in Graz. Since joining NXP in 2013, he is responsible for automated validation measurements for semiconductor products in the automotive industry. Rominger invests his time in building modular, scalable and reusable automated measurement systems. As part of his job, he regularly organizes onsite LabVIEW User Groups. Furthermore, he shares his knowledge across different sites and has a strong focus on proficiency. As a certified LabVIEW Architect since 2012, Rominger went on to acquire his TestStand Architect certification in 2016. Before joining NXP, he was working as a field sales engineer for National Instruments and as an engineer for an Alliance Partner. Rominger holds a master degree in automation technology from the University of Applied Science Campus02 of Graz.
Becky Linton is a Certified LabVIEW Architect and LabVIEW Champion. She works as a Senior Systems Engineer and Engineering Group Manager at VI Engineering and at home as a mother of two. VI Engineering is a National Instruments Platinum Alliance Partner with an RF and Wireless specialty.
As a former District Sales Manager for National Instruments, she has worked directly with many companies in metro-Detroit, developing test and design specifications. National Instruments products used include LabVIEW, DIAdem, Data Acquisition, PXI and cRIO.
Specialties include LabVIEW, Systems Integration, Automotive Test.
As Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, Eric Starkloff leads worldwide sales and marketing organizations responsible for driving focus, accountability, and growth.
Since joining NI in 1997, Starkloff has held leadership positions across the marketing organization, including leading teams that pioneered industry adoption of systems platforms such as PXI and CompactRIO.
Starkloff invests his time in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education by serving on the advisory board for the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech and the board of directors for Urban Roots, an Austin-based sustainable agriculture program to transform the lives of young people.
Starkloff holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia.
As Senior Vice President of Regional Sales and Marketing, Francis Griffiths is responsible for driving growth through coordinated sales and marketing alignment worldwide.
Since joining NI in 1989, Griffiths has held leadership positions across sales and marketing, including leading the European team as Vice President of European Sales and Marketing.
Griffiths holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Wales in Cardiff.
Timothy "Tim" Vargo received his Associate of Applied Science degree, in Electronics Engineering Technology, from Stark Technical College (now Stark State College) in North Canton, Ohio, in 1983. He soon accepted a technologist position with Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and proceeded to work his way up to Instrumentation Engineer during his 33-year career at the labs. Although educated in electronics hardware, he also had a fascination with developing software code and discovered LabVIEW (version 2.5) in 1993. He promptly found LabVIEW to be his development environment and engineering tool of choice, mostly due to its high level of support for hardware interfaces - the very needs of his everyday job assignments. This eventually led him to the personal realization that his TRUE professional passion exists “at the intersection of hardware and software."
Throughout his career he has worked on projects in many diverse areas, including weapon signal recording, readout of satellite imaging sensors, complete test automation systems, biomedical devices, explosive shockfront sensing, commanding & monitoring of control systems, mathematical simulation of kinetic energy impacts, scientific research at the atomic scale, nuclear detonation detection, and others. One of these biomedical projects - which included control of several optical devices, image acquisition at differing wavelengths, and analysis for detection of pre-cancerous lesions - produced a design for a medical instrument which was awarded a patent.
Outside of his work he enjoys the outdoors, hiking, listening to music, reading about cosmology and particle physics, stage plays, movies, watching science fiction, and nature & science shows and documentaries.
Dr. Richard Lewis joined Cardiff University as a Lecturer in 2013 before taking up the position of Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies in 2015. Also in that year he formed and became Head of Cardiff University’s Physics Education Research Group and took on the role of Director of International for the School of Physics and Astronomy.
As Director of Postgraduate Taught Studies, Lewis has direct responsibility of Cardiff University's MSc Physics, MSc Compound Semiconductor Physics, MSc Data-Intensive Physics, MSc Astrophysics and MSc Data-Intensive Astrophysics programmes. These innovative taught master’s courses contain a robust set of core skills modules and cutting-edge elective modules which include the latest results, innovations and techniques and are designed to incorporate the most effective teaching and learning techniques.
Lewis teaches Advanced Experimental Techniques in Physics," "Advanced LabVIEW Programming for Physicists," and “Study and Experimental Skills" on these MSc programmes. His work on the "Advanced Experimental Techniques in Physics" module was the basis of an NI Case Study (http://sine.ni.com/cs/app/doc/p/id/cs-17230) which won the 2016 Northern Europe NI Engineering Impact Award in the Education Category.
Lewis holds a doctorate in experimental physics from Swansea University. Lewis is a Chartered Physicist, a Member of the Institute of Physics, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
As the Founder of Composed Systems, Principal Software Architect at Ultratech Cambridge NanoTech, and a certified LabVIEW Architect, Jon McBee’s demonstrated skill for LabVIEW makes him a critical thought-leader for both the NI and greater software community. McBee’s notable work history includes building Atomic Layer Deposition systems for the semiconductor industry, working alongside key industry players at Bloomy Controls, and writing open-source software engineering tools for LabVIEW IDE.
McBee’s enthusiasm for LabVIEW began when he first wrote software for control of back scatter LIDAR system using LabVIEW after completing a bachelor’s degree in Physics at Wheaton College. He has since built his career around supporting the LabVIEW community through his blog, LabVIEW Craftsman, his founding of hugely successful LabVIEW users groups, and his work as co-chair of NI Week’s Advanced Track and America’s CLA Summit.
When McBee is not talking about LabVIEW, he is playing bluegrass music on his five string banjo.
Qualifications: Certified LabVIEW Architect, Certified LabVIEW Embedded Developer, Certified TestStand Developer, Certified Professional Instructor, LabVIEW Champion.
Ravi Beniwal is the owner of Binary Palette, a Michigan-based National Instruments Alliance Partner. As a Certified LabVIEW Architect, Beniwal develops software and integrates test systems for a range of companies with varied demands. With 15 years’ experience developing large scale applications, primarily using LabVIEW, Beniwal specializes in software for automated test systems in the automotive, defense, and aerospace industries.
Beniwal previously co-founded a high-tech start-up where, along with his colleagues, he developed a 3D Acoustic Holography System. He used this system himself to provide test services to clients, which helped him appreciate the real world usability challenges. This unique opportunity allowed Beniwal to critique his own software as a user, leading to iterative improvement of the software, as well as his own software development style. From this, Beniwal developed a critical appreciation for user interfaces. He has since emphasized the development of simple and intuitive user interfaces to ensure the most enjoyable and productive user experience.
Beniwal holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a major in Acoustics and Noise Control from Wayne State University, Detroit. He also holds a US Patent for a technology that uses sound for measuring particulate matter density in air.
Ravi has been involved in First Robotics and Science Olympiad programs as a mentor, for getting kids excited about science and engineering.
Sven Schrecker is the Chief Architect for Intel’s IoT Security Solutions Group. He is responsible for open, standards-based platforms and strategy to enable end-to-end IoT security across both existing (brown field) and new (green field) technologies, leveraging hardware and software solutions to demonstrably increase security focused at Embedded and Industrial deployments. He is also the Chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium’s Security Working Group where he seeks to improve security capability across IIoT. He is listed as an inventor on over four dozen security-related patents either pending or granted.
Fabiola is the founder and managing partner at Delacor, and has been working with LabVIEW for the past sixteen years. She is one of the leading experts in the industry, is a LabVIEW Certified Architect, Certified Professional Instructor, and has been named a “LabVIEW Champion” by National Instruments. Delacor focuses on helping customers create custom software and hardware solutions for different applications, as well as implementing hardware and software engineering best practices. Fabiola leads the software side, helping LabVIEW teams implement best Software Engineering practices, conduct software architecture and code reviews and training development teams to create applications that are easy to maintain, easy to read, easy to scale and modular. She is often asked to help with difficult projects where little documentation exists and key developers are no longer available, or when projects have become so large as to be unwieldy.
Fabiola is one of the founders and leaders of the LabVIEW Architects Forum. She routinely presents at NIWeek, NIDays, and the US and European CLA Summits. Her presentations typically focus on designing applications that result in the best possible user experience and on the benefits of using software engineering best practices like source code control, unit testing and proper documentation for all projects.
Fabiola is one of the few people authorized by National Instruments to teach the Advanced Architectures in LabVIEW course, and has held training courses in the US, Canada, Europe and Japan.
She holds a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She is fluent in English, Spanish and French and speaks a little Portuguese too.
Specialties: LabVIEW, National Instruments Data Acquisition Hardware, Embedded systems, Software Engineering
This award is given to the authors of the paper that details the most innovative IoT application using platforms to connect, manage, and secure devices and data in a consistent and scalable manner. The application must use intelligent connected devices, including NI LabVIEW system design software to program NI hardware featuring the Intel architecture, including PXI, PXI Express, Smart Camera, or NI CompactRIO devices.
This award is given for a most innovative high channel, high speed, big data application. The application must execute data acquisition, aggregation, and some level of processing, and/or analytics on the data at the point of capture.
As vice president of corporate marketing, Shelley Gretlein is responsible for inspiring and retaining successful engineers and scientists through promoting the benefits of the NI software-centric platform. After starting at NI as an applications engineer, Gretlein spent nearly 15 years leading the development, product management, and product marketing of the NI software platform and is now looking forward to evangelizing those software benefits to engineers around the globe.
Gretlein is involved in industry consortia on robotics and industrial control, test leadership forums, embedded advisory boards, and Internet of Things technology. She has a passion for empowering future engineers, and is active in Girlstart, FIRST Robotics, and other STEM-related groups. Gretlein is also an active board member for Austin Police Operation Blue Santa, which helps more than 25,000 families in the Austin community.
She holds a dual bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering management with minors in French and mathematics from Missouri University of Science and Technology. She also holds several Executive Education certifications from L'Université de Lyon; The University of Texas; the University of California, Berkeley; and the Kellogg School of Management.
Jen Loy created and now manages the Application Software User Experience Design Team at National Instruments. In her 19 years with NI, Jen has held positions including Product Manager for LabVIEW Real-Time, Applications Engineer for LabVIEW and DAQ, and Training and Recruiting Manager for AE.
As senior vice president of R&D, Scott Rust leads the R&D vice presidents and their worldwide organizations in driving product development to equip scientists and engineers with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation, and discovery.
Since joining NI in 1990, Rust has held positions in R&D, Strategic Marketing, and Applications Engineering, including vice president of PXI Test System Products for R&D. In this role, Rust and his teams were responsible for the global development and strategic direction of PXI measurement products such as RF, digitizers, signal generators, digital multimeters, high-speed digital I/O, switching, power supplies, and PXI platform products including PXI chassis and controllers. He also established NI Penang as a center of excellence for the design and development of future NI products.
Rust is the inventor or coinventor of seven patents.
He founded the IVI Foundation, an alliance formed to address the gap seen by military/aerospace and large commercial electronics test developers for interchangeable virtual instrument drivers. Rust has also chaired the Instrument Driver Technical Working Group as part of the VXIplug&play Systems Alliance. These initiatives have helped establish NI as a leader in instrument driver development and standardization.
Rust holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University.
Vice President of R&D, Application and Embedded Software. As Vice President of R&D for Application and Embedded Software, Omid Sojoodi leads the continued advancement and development of NI application and embedded software, including LabVIEW.
Sojoodi joined NI in 1993 and spent six years working on LabVIEW and making significant contributions in many areas of the product. From 1999 to 2003, he was an employee and development manager at @hand Corporation, where he developed a platform for building, deploying, and managing applications that run on handheld devices that need data from and connectivity to enterprise systems. Sojoodi returned to NI in 2003 and has since held leadership roles across R&D.
Sojoodi is the inventor or coinventor of 10 patents.
Sojoodi holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and psychology from Duke University and a master’s degree in computer science from The University of Texas at Austin.
As vice president of Product Marketing for Software, Academics, and Customer Education, Dave Wilson leads the global team responsible for defining and promoting software technologies and ensuring the development of customer proficiency on NI's platform in both education and industry.
Since joining NI in 1991, Wilson has held several sales and marketing positions, including district sales manager, director of Data Acquisition Marketing, international sales director, and director of International Marketing.
Wilson serves as a member of the ECEDHA Corporate Member Council, FIRST Executive Advisory Board, and several corporate boards. He is an avid maker, inventor, and evangelist for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities and holds two patents.
Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from The State University of New York.
Maurizio Basso is an executive business coach and mentor certified by the ICF with 20 years of multinational experience. He enables executives to achieve professional performance leaps. He has been an invited speaker at Austin and Turin (Italy) Chambers of Commerce and UT McCombs School of Business.
Deborah has been at NI since 2011, starting in the Applications Engineering Department supporting customers building distributed control and real-time test systems. She has been a software product manager since 2012, focusing on products for developing and deploying distributed embedded systems and also manages NI’s Silver Membership with The Linux Foundation. Deborah holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and is a Certified LabVIEW Architect, programming graphically since LabVIEW 8.5.
Wendy is the COO & Co-Founder of TREW Marketing. Drawing upon her 20 years leading sales & marketing teams, and responsibility for TREW's own lead pipeline, Wendy brings a unique perspective to help business leaders build effective pipeline management strategies based on accountable partnerships.
As Vice President of R&D for Data Acquisition, Stefanie Breyer leads the continued advancement and development of NI DAQ products. She manages R&D teams focused on CompactDAQ, multifunction DAQ, VirtualBench, dynamic signal analyzers, and signal conditioning.
Since joining NI in 1995, Breyer has held R&D positions focusing primarily on data acquisition and vision. In addition, Breyer has led cross-departmental and cross-company initiatives and teams on people, processes, and technology.
Breyer holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rice University.
Named one of the 100 Women Leaders in STEM by STEMconnector, Tricia Berry leads efforts to recruit and graduate women in the Cockrell School of Engineering as Director of the Women in Engineering Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She concurrently serves as Collaborative Lead for the Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP), leading the dissemination of STEM best practices and informal curriculum across Texas in coordination with the National Girls Collaborative Project. Through both roles, she connects and supports organizations and individuals working to advance gender equity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields across Texas and beyond.
In her “outside of STEM” work, Tricia is the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President for 825 Basics, helping people with tools to craft their career strategies, find their passions and achieve career and life success. She is the co-author of You Can’t Eat Your Degree: Combine Your Passions and Philosophies to Create the Story of Your Future and Exceeds Expectations: Take Control of Your Performance Review. Previously, Berry worked as a Process Engineer and a Product Development Engineer at The Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas. Tricia holds a BS Chemical Engineering degree and an MBA. She’s married to an engineer and is the proud mom of 7th grade and 9th grade sons.
Luke Schreier is the director for automated test marketing at National Instruments. He joined NI in 2001 as an applications engineer before transitioning to product management in 2003. His focus areas have spanned the entire portfolio of modular instrumentation and PXI platform products as well as aerospace/defense and semiconductor application spaces. He has been heavily invested in the company’s automated test product and go-to-market strategies for more than a decade.
As the leader of NI’s product management and product marketing teams in automated test, Luke focuses on growth strategies for modular instrumentation, continuing to advance the PXI industry ecosystem, and furthering cross-industry exploration of best practices for automated test engineering and management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dr. Norris is the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Frederick Tracy Morse Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and the founder and director of the University of Virginia’s Microscale Heat Transfer Laboratory and the Aerogel Research Laboratory. A native Virginian, she completed her undergraduate studies at Old Dominion University and received her Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 1992. Her graduate research involved an experimental and analytical study of heat transfer in diesel engine cylinder heads. She then joined Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien’s microscale heat transfer research group at the University of California at Berkeley as a Visiting Scholar and a Visiting Lecturer. In 1994 Pam joined the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UVA where she was promoted to Professor in 2004. Her current research includes: nanoscale thermal transport, phonon engineering, heat pipe technology, and applications of aerogels. She has served as the PI or Co-PI over 40 sponsored research projects representing over $20M from DOD, NSF, Industry and Foundations. She currently serves as Chair of the ASME Heat Transfer Division Long Range Planning Committee, as an Associate Editor of Microscale and Nanoscale Thermophysical Engineering, and on the editorial board of Journal of Thermal Sciences.
Ray Hsu serves as the Section Manager of IoT Software Technologies at National Instruments, where he leads R&D initiatives to extend the NI software platform for IIoT and Industry 4.0 solutions. Hsu previously served leadership roles for NI’s Academic Programs to improve engineering education from K-12 to higher education.
Hsu has over 23 years of experience leading high-growth companies to create highly successful software products and solutions for a variety of industries. Prior to joining NI, Hsu served as the Vice President at @hand Corporation and was responsible for delivering enterprise mobile solutions for the Oil & Gas industry and government agencies. He was awarded multiple U.S. patents for his work in LabVIEW to detect and merge differences between two graphical programs.
He holds a master’s degree in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Jamie Smith, director of embedded systems at National Instruments, is the global leader of product management and go-to-market strategies for the company’s industrial IoT and Connected Vehicle products.
Since joining NI in 1996 as an application engineer, Jamie has held key leadership positions in sales, engineering, product strategy, corporate development, and marketing. Jamie has helped drive numerous strategic product and operational innovations during his time at National Instruments. He has been recently recognized as a Top Embedded Innovator by Embedded Computing Design and received an R&D 100 Award.
Jamie has been an active member of several industry organizations and is a frequent speaker at technical and business conferences. He is currently representing National Instruments as a voting member of the Industrial Internet Consortium. Jamie holds a bachelor’s of science degree in physics from UC Santa Barbara and a masters in applied physics from Stanford University.
Mr. Paul Tilghman joined DARPA in December 2014 as a program manager in the Microsystems Technology Office. His research interests include intelligent and adaptive RF systems, digital signal processing, machine learning, wireless communications and electronic warfare.
Prior to joining DARPA, Mr. Tilghman was a senior research engineer at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories where he led programs in adaptive electronic warfare, signals intelligence and non-cooperative geolocation. While at Lockheed Martin, Tilghman led the development of a real-time cognitive electronic warfare system, which used machine learning techniques to characterize and counter previously unknown radio emitters on the battlefield. He is a recipient of Lockheed Martin’s highest award, the NOVA award, and was also previously honored as the company’s Engineer of the Year.
Mr. Tilghman received a bachelor of science in computer engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a master of science in electrical engineering from Drexel University.
Saeed S. Ghassemzadeh received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the City University of New York, New York, USA.
From 1989-1992, he was a consultant to SCS Mobilecom, a wireless technology development company, where he conducted research in the areas of propagation and CDMA systems. In 1992, while pursuing his Ph.D. studies, he joined InterDigital communication corp. where he worked as a principal research engineer, conducting research in the areas of fixed/mobile wireless channels and was involved in system integration, and testing of B-CDMA base stations. In 1995, he joined AT&T Wireless communication center of excellence at AT&T Labs-Research involved in design and development of the fixed wireless base station development team. He also conducted research in all areas of CDMA access technologies, propagation channel measurement and modeling, satellite communications and tele-health monitoring. Currently, he is a principal member of technical staff in Advanced Radio Technology department at AT&T Labs, Austin, Texas. His current research interest includes mmWave channel measurement and modeling, phased array design as related to 5G technologies.
Dr. Ghassemzadeh is a Fellow member of IEEE, IEEE communication society and IEEE Vehicular technology society.
Stan Schneider is CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things connectivity platform company. RTI is the largest embedded middleware vendor, with an extensive footprint in all areas of the Industrial Internet of Things, including Energy, Medical, Automotive, Transportation, Defense, and Industrial Control. Appinions recently named RTI the "most influential" company in the Industrial Internet of Things in an article published in Forbes and Reuters.
Stan is the small company representative on the Industrial Internet Consortium Steering Committee. With over 200 companies, the goal of the IIC is to develop, test, and promote the standards that are crucial to the success of the next industrial revolution.
Stan serves on the advisory boards for Smart Industry and IoT Solutions World Congress. Embedded Computing Design Magazine presented Stan the Top Embedded Innovator Award for 2015.
Stan holds a BS and MS from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.
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