As vice president of R&D for Embedded Systems, Kevin Schultz oversees the development of products for the continued leadership and success of National Instruments in the key growth areas of embedded design and industrial control. He manages many R&D teams, including CompactRIO, Single-Board RIO, C Series I/O, Vision, Motion, R Series, Industrial Communications, and Global Engineering Services.
Schultz joined NI in 1991 as a digital design engineer working on the VXI product line. Building on his initial design accomplishments, he has held numerous management positions, including leading the company's initial foray into imaging hardware as the founder of the imaging business and team. Schultz also directed the global manufacturing engineering team as NI expanded its worldwide manufacturing presence.
Prior to leading the Embedded Systems organization, Schultz was instrumental in the success of a wide variety of products. He has been involved with the development of low-cost DAQ products, the introduction of multiple DAQ product lines including X Series and M Series, the development and architecture of the CompactRIO system, the rollout of CompactDAQ, and the release of wireless DAQ devices. He also managed the development of the first PXI controllers and chassis. He helped drive the development of academic hardware such as the National Instruments Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) and myDAQ products.
Additionally, Schultz has directed the acquisition and integration of two subsidiaries and regularly works with a broad range of suppliers to help provide technology direction. He is the inventor or coinventor of 25 patents in areas such as imaging, bus interfacing, and graphical software for algorithms.
Schultz holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from St. Cloud State University and Texas A&M University, respectively. In addition, he is a member of the Dwight Look College of Engineering Advisory Council at Texas A&M University and an active supporter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.