It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Phil Hester, our Senior Vice President of R&D. Phil was a valued friend and colleague and will be greatly missed. Phil is survived by wife, Joan; son, Will; and his mother and father.
As Senior Vice President of R&D at National Instruments, Phil Hester strategically guided and advised his growing worldwide research and development team on innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction with NI products and services.
Recognized as an “Outstanding Young Alumnus” by the University of Texas at Austin College of Engineering, Hester held more than 10 patents related to microprocessor architecture, memory controllers, and microprocessor testability and served as the director for ON Semiconductor where he also chaired the Science and Technology Committee. He also served on the Engineering Advisory Board at the UT Austin Cockrell School of Engineering.
Prior to joining NI in 2009, Hester served as the senior vice president and chief technology officer at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and chief technology officer and vice president of systems and technology for the PC division of IBM.
Hester held a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.