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Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank the engineers, developers, and managers at National Instruments who supplied vital information without which this book would not be possible, particularly Jeff Kodosky, David Gardner, Joel Sumner, Newton Petersen, P. J. Tanzillo, and Kathy Brown. A special thanks goes to Zaki Chasmawala of National Instruments for proofreading and highlighting the pertinent parts of Chapters 2 through 9 covered by the certification exams.

Credit also goes to our wives, Katharine Decker Johnson and Patty Jennings, whose patience during this project cannot be overstated. And to Elizabeth, Danny, Chris, and David Jennings—thank you for understanding.

Finally, thanks to our editor, Wendy Rinaldi.

About the Authors

Gary W. Johnson is an instrumentation engineer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has a BS degree in electrical engineering/bioengineering from the University of Illinois. His professional interests include measurement and control systems, electro-optics, communications, transducers, circuit design, and technical writing. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking, bicycling, and amateur radio. He and his wife, Katharine, a scientific illustrator, live in Livermore, California, with their twin Afghan hounds, Chloe and Derby.

LabVIEW goes aloft. Gary works on a LabVIEW-based laser wavelength controller for an airborne LIDAR system aboard an Air Force C-135.

Richard Jennings is president of Jennings Embedded Services, LLC in San Antonio, Texas. His company was founded in 2005 to serve as a hardware and software resource for companies engaged in embedded software and hardware development in emerging embedded markets such as industrial control, wireless, and embedded instrumentation. He is a 15-year veteran hardware and software engineer. Prior to starting Jennings Embedded Services, a National Instruments Certified Alliance partner, Jennings worked as a system integrator at Sandia National Laboratories and at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories in Livermore, California. He holds an Associate Degree in Laser-ElectroOptics from Texas State Technical Institute in Waco, Texas, and is a Certified LabVIEW Developer. In 2003 he was awarded National Instruments’ prestigious Virtual Instrumentation Professional (VIP) award. www.jembedded.com

Do not look into laser with remaining good eye. Richard wisely wears his laser eye protection while manually aligning laser beams through a piloted jet burner in the Turbulent Combustion Laboratory.

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