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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

National Instruments (NI)Week In Review

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National Instruments? (NI)Week In Review

(Austin, TX) — National Instruments held its 10th annual NIWeek Virtual Instrumentation Conference on August 17-19. The three-day conference was highlighted by a few product announcements, a keynote address from Dr. Geoffrey C. Orsak, dean of Southern Methodist University School of Engineering (Dallas, TX) and a talk by CEO Dr. James Truchard.

“Engineering Is An Art Form”
Orsak delivered the keynote address at National Instruments NIWeek 2004. He took NIWeek attendees on a journey through the recent history of the world as seen through the eyes of an engineer.

“Engineering is more about creativity than explanation, more about inspiration than analysis,” Orsak said. “Engineering is an art form. As Aristotle said, it is about applying the great sources of power in nature for the convenience of humankind.”

Orsak told attendees that engineers are the supreme problem solvers of society, and as technology is rapidly increasing, students’ enrollment in engineering programs is rapidly decreasing. He referenced a survey given in conjunction with college entrance exams, which shows that there has been a 37% decline in engineering interest in the past 12 years. Orsak then discussed the Infinity Project, an innovative program that exposes pre-college students to cutting-edge engineering and technology curricula.

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