RPI trustee named to Na­tional In­ven­tors Hall of Fame

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TROY, N.Y. >> A Rens­se­laer Poly­tech­nic In­sti­tute Board of Trustees mem­ber and grad­u­ate was re­cently named to the Na­tional In­ven­tors Hall of Fame.

Rens­se­laer Poly­tech­nic In­sti­tute Board of Trustees mem­ber Jef­frey L. Ko­dosky, a mem­ber of the Rens­se­laer Class of 1970, was re­cently named to the Na­tional In­ven­tors Hall of Fame (NIHF).

Of­fi­cials said the an­nounce­ment was made this past week at the CES 2019 an­nual con­fer­ence in Las Ve­gas.

“The Na­tional In­ven­tors Hall of Fame honors the in­no­va­tion game- chang­ers who have trans­formed our world,” said NIHF CEO Michael Ois­ter in a news re­lease. “Through in­ven­tions as di­verse as life- sav­ing medicines and web browsers for the vis­ually im­paired, these su­per­hero in­no­va­tors have made sig­nif­i­cant ad­vances in our daily lives and well-be­ing.”

“Rens­se­laer Poly­tech­nic In­sti­tute is in­deed for­tu­nate to have some­one like Jef­frey Ko­dosky as part of its lead­er­ship,” added RPI Pres­i­dent Shirley Ann Jack­son in the re­lease. “Elec­tion to the Na­tional In­ven­tors Hall of Fame in­di­cates the im­por­tance of his sci­en­tific con­tri­bu­tions, which have had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the world around us.”

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, Ko­dosky was named along with Na­tional In­stru­ments’ co-founder James Truchard for “Vir­tual In­stru­men­ta­tion – LabVIEW.”

Of­fi­cials said that Ko­dosky and Truchard in­tro­duced LabVIEW in 1986 as a graph­i­cal pro­gram­ming lan­guage that en­ables userde­fined test­ing and mea­sure­ment and con­trol sys­tems.

The re­lease stated that Ko­dosky co- founded Na­tional In­stru­ments in 1976 and sub­se­quently served as the com­pany’s vice pres­i­dent of re­search and de­vel­op­ment from 1980 un­til he was named a Na­tional In­stru­ments Busi­ness and Tech­nol­ogy Fel­low in 2000.

Na­tional In­stru­ments is rec­og­nized as an in­dus­try leader in in­stru­ment con­trol, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Of­fi­cials said that he also holds 68 patents as­so­ci­ated with LabVIEW tech­nol­ogy and was in­ducted into the Elec­tronic De­sign En­gi­neer­ing Hall of Fame for his in­ven­tion.

In ad­di­tion to the Rens­se­laer board, of­fi­cials said that Ko­dosky serves on the Univer­sity of Texas Col­lege of Sci­ence Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, the UTeach Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, the UT Physics Depart­ment Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, and the Ad­vi­sory Group at South­west Texas State Univer­sity’s Math Depart­ment.

In 1999, of­fi­cials said he re­ceived the Univer­sity of Texas Col­lege of Nat­u­ral Sciences Hall of Honor Award and the Rens­se­laer Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion Fel­lows Award. The re­lease also noted that he was rec­og­nized with the Woodrow Wil­son Award for Cor­po­rate Cit­i­zen­ship.

He earned his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in physics from Rens­se­laer Poly­tech­nic In­sti­tute in 1970.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED.

Jef­frey L. Ko­dosky.

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