Dr. James Truchard

Chairman of the Board

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.

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, Austin Software Council, and FIRST Robotics.

Truchard's personal passion for gardening and photography has led him to writing a gardening book that he plans on giving to non-profits for their use fundraising.

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.

On January 1, 2017, Truchard retired as president, CEO, and cofounder. He continues to hold his position as chairman of the board.

Dr. James Truchard

James Truchard's Awards and Honors

2014 - Elected IEEE Fellow

2013 - Named Texas Exes Distinguished Alumni

2011 - Named One of Austin's 30 Most Influential by the Austin Business Journal

2010 - Named America's Sixth Favorite CEO by FORBES magazine and Glassdoor.com

2007 - Elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering

2005 - Named as a member of ISA

2004 - Named University of Texas Distinguished Engineering Graduate

2003 - Elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences

2003 - Named one of the 50 Most Influential Industry Innovators by In Tech magazine

2002 - Inducted into Electronic Design's Engineering Hall of Fame for his work in pioneering virtual instrumentation

2001 - Named the Frost & Sullivan CEO of the Year for the test and measurement industry

2000 - Named One of the Nation's 50 Best CEOs for the third consecutive year by Worth magazine

1999 - Received the Texas High Technology Master Entrepreneur of the Year Award

1987 - Received one of the first Texas High Technology Entrepreneur awards