Magazine article ASEE Prism

Back to the Future

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Back to the Future

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What if technology research could return in spirit to the days of Thomas Edison, when a small team of researchers or inventors could still have a tremendous impact? Dr. James Truchard, president and CEO of National Instruments, thinks that things may already be heading in that direction.

Kicking off "Educators' Day" at National Instruments' annual NI Week gathering in Austin, Texas, Truchard addressed hundreds of professional engineers, engineering professors, and media, declaring that "sophisticated software now automates much of the tedious work that was part of the reason for larger research teams." He went on to predict that smaller groups of researchers-as in Edison's day-will again be able to work on the cutting edge, freed by the astounding advances in computer technology. …

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