December 6, 2011
|Time||6:30 PM Reception
7:30 PM Dinner
|Place||The Four Seasons Hotel
98 San Jacinto Boulevard
With Special Guest
Sam Donaldson, ABC News veteran and Wilson Council President
|Price||Sponsorships begin at $10,000
Individual reservations available at $500 each.
Lilly & Company
The Official and Exclusive Airline
Sponsor of the Woodrow Wilson Awards
and the Woodrow Wilson Center
Jeff Kodosky and Dr. James Truchard co-founded National Instruments (NI) in 1976, establishing themselves as visionary leaders and pioneers of the Information Age. Together, they created NI out of a three-person garage office and have developed it into one of the world’s most progressive technology companies.
After earning their college degrees, Mr. Kodosky and Dr. Truchard began their careers with the Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin where they exchanged ideas and began their collaborative effort to found NI. Under their direction, NI has grown into a multinational organization on the cutting-edge of technology. As President and CEO, Dr. Truchard has fostered an enriching environment that not only attracts top talent, but also creates “quality jobs and a quality way of life” for the members of the NI family. FORTUNE magazine has named NI to its annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list the last 12 consecutive years. Dr. Truchard is internationally regarded for his entrepreneurial spirit, technological foresight, and steadfast leadership of the company. Mr. Kodosky has also been instrumental in the growth of NI, designing and implementing one of the company’s preeminent software platforms, LabVIEW. The program has been integral in establishing life-altering technologies and has been adopted by universities and robotics programs to help inspire students to pursue careers in engineering and science. LabVIEW was recognized by Electronic Design magazine as one of the “Top 50 Milestones for the Industry.”
In addition to its role as a technology leader, National Instruments is dedicated to philanthropy and volunteerism, specifically focusing on education initiatives. Through its collaboration with FIRST, LEGO® Group, and universities worldwide, the company has engaged students with technology in a fun, hands-on learning environment, encouraging students to become future leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Not only is NI hardware and software used as part of FIRST and LEGO robotics programs, hundreds of NI employees volunteer as mentors in classroom and after-school programs and competitions around the world.
Raising the standard for corporate stewardship, NI donates 1% of its profits each year to benefit charitable organizations, with 70% of those donations benefiting STEM education initiatives. In addition, last year NI employees donated a record amount of funds to their communities through the annual corporate giving campaign. Through the matching gifts program, NI was able to increase the impact of these contributions.
Both Dr. Truchard and Mr. Kodosky have lent their time and energy to a number of philanthropic causes. Dedicated to furthering STEM-focused programming for students, Mr. Kodosky founded UTeach, which, in collaboration with UT at Austin, helps prepare secondary science, computer science, and math teachers. In addition, Mr. Kodosky serves on the UT College of Natural Sciences Advisory Council, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Board of Trustees, the Texas State University Math Department Advisory Group, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Like Mr. Kodosky, Dr. Truchard actively supports NI academic programs focusing on the development of students’ STEM skills. He was elected into the National Academy of Engineering and Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and is part of the Engineering Foundation Advisory Council at his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. In 2005, Governor Perry asked Dr. Truchard to chair the Texas STEM Industry Advisory Council, which addresses the declining interest and preparation of young people to pursue careers in technical fields.
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