ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
Engineering Hall of Fame Award Winner Presents ISA EXPO 2007 Keynote/Rimbach Lecture
Research Triangle Park, NC (7 August 2007) - National Instruments President & CEO and Engineering Hall of Fame Award Winner Dr. James Truchard will give a Keynote/Rimbach Lecture on realigning the engineering education system on 3 October at ISA EXPO 2007 in Houston, Texas.
With more than 40 years of experience working with machine and process engineers using advanced technology to improve machine design and production, Dr. Truchard has also guided National Instruments' efforts and involvement in engineering education in university, secondary, and primary education.
Truchard will deliver the opening keynote address on Wednesday, 3 October at 8:30 a.m. His presentation, Repairing the Educational System to Meet Industry's Innovation Demands, will focus on how industry trends in multidiscipline design and advanced software tools are speeding innovation. He will elaborate on the essential steps to overhaul engineering education, and will also highlight ongoing successes in revamping education.
"Today's education system is not broadly aligned to produce engineers with the breadth of understanding, the hands-on experience, and the theoretical foundation required to supply industry with the talent required to drive innovation," states Truchard. "To produce innovation, companies must streamline R&D teams and rapidly iterate on new design ideas quickly." Many throughout the industry have expressed concern about the education of young engineers and their ability to jump into the workforce and be productive immediately.
Dr. Truchard co-founded National Instruments in 1976. Recognized as an industry leader, Truchard was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and was named as the University of Texas Distinguished Engineering Graduate. In 2001, Truchard was honored by Frost & Sullivan as the CEO of the Year for the test and measurement industry. In 2002, he was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame by Electronic Design Magazine.
The Rimbach Lecture is made possible by the generosity of the Rimbach family. Honoring Richard Rimbach, long considered the father of ISA, for his lifetime service to the industry and his leadership in founding the Society, the Rimbach Lecture Series reflects Rimbach's vision in technology advances, training, and motivation.
Press can register to attend the event in the online press room at www.isa.org/isaexpo2007. To learn more about ISA EXPO 2007, or to register as an attendee, visit www.isa.org/isaexpo2007 or call (919) 549-8411.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).