Certified LabVIEW Architect, LabVIEW Champion
Founder at Wirebird Labs
Austin, TX, USA
Jack is a LabVIEW Champion and Certified LabVIEW Architect, fanatical about engineering the finest UX imaginable. Despite degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, he came running to Software Engineering after falling in love with graphical development. Since 2006, Jack has racked up 14k+ hours developing LabVIEW for research laboratories, industrial manufacturing, embedded machine control, as a consultant, and as an avid participant in the online LabVIEW community.
While studying Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at LeTourneau University, I was faced with a dilemma: take a job grading papers for $6/hr, or work in the Materials Joining Lab automating and instrumenting for $12/hr. With the noblest of intentions, scruples aside, I sought the path any ambitious college kid would choose: c'mon man, twelve bucks an hour! Unbeknownst to this oblivious undergrad, perhaps blinded by the dollar signs in his eyes, an additional inheritance was waiting - an utter LabVIEW disaster. Express VIs, Stacked Sequence Structures with "variable declarations" in the first frame, BDs and FPs that spanned screens, 100% CPU - you get the picture. Within days, LabVIEW became my nemesis. Within months, LabVIEW became tolerable, and within the year, my passion. The trajectory for my career had been set, with notable waypoints including earning LabVIEW Champion status in 2010, working with the world-famous JKI team for over a year, and founding Wirebird Labs LLC in 2012.
I enjoy machining and welding, catfishing with the obligatory tribute to breweriana, recreational programming, beard growing and RFC-2323 compliance, and exploring the world with wife Lauren and daughter Liberty, who both (curtly) forgive me when I accidentally say "I LabVIEW" instead of "I love you" at night.