Scott Rust

Senior Vice President of Global R&D 

As senior vice president of global R&D, Scott Rust leads the R&D vice presidents and their worldwide organizations in driving product development to equip engineers and scientists 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, he 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 like PXI chassis and controllers. Rust also established NI Penang as a center of excellence for the design and development of future NI products. Additionally, he is the inventor or coinventor of seven patents.


Rust 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.