Raymond C. Almgren

Ray Almgren

B.S.E.C.E, 1987
Vice President, National Instruments

Ray Almgren has devoted significant effort to enhancing the quality of science and engineering education throughout his 17 years with National Instruments. He began working there soon after earning his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1987 from The University of Texas at Austin. He has held positions with the company in the areas of marketing, research and development, and applications engineering; including vice president of product strategy, director of research and development for the measurements products group, and director of software marketing. He is currently vice president of product marketing and academic relations.

As director of software marketing, Almgren helped guide LabVIEW, the company’s award-winning software, and its product family to its industry-leading position in measurement and automation. In 1994, he also helped establish NIWeek, the company’s worldwide conference on virtual instrumentation. He pioneered many of the company’s academic and university relations programs, including the ROBOLAB project. It combines LabVIEW and LEGO Mindstorms (robots made from LEGOs) to introduce robotics and computer and design technology to grade school students, piquing their interest in engineering and science at an early age. He has also led the company’s workplace philanthropy campaign, NI GIVES.

In the mid 1990s, Ray helped develop and implement UT Austin College of Engineering’s Laptops for Learning initiative, a program making laptops easily available and affordable for engineering students.  He helped provide a free package of National Instruments software for those buying the laptops. This software helps students unable to afford the software to remain technically compatible with their peers.

Ray also worked with National Instruments to produce the largest donation of any company to the College’s Friends of Alec annual giving program. He actively drives this program every year to provide scholarships that help students earn a UT Austin engineering degree without the added stress of financing all of their college expenses.

Ray is currently a member of the Texas Engineering Technical Consortium (TETC) Advisory Committee and the Texas Workforce Development Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Electrical and Computing Engineering Department at UT Austin. In addition, he is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Instrumentation and Measurement Society and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

He also serves as vice president and sits on the board of directors for the National Instruments Foundation, a private foundation focused on science and engineering education and research.

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