Dr. Jeannie Sullivan Falcon is the Chief Engineer for Control and Simulation at National Instruments. She leads technical consulting, product strategy, and product management efforts in the use of LabVIEW for analysis, design, and deployment. This includes real-time math, analysis, signal processing, control design, simulation, and robotics. Jeannie joined NI in 2000 as the group manager for motion control in R&D and has also served as a hardware product strategist. In 2011, she won the NI Product Marketing Engineer of the Year Award.
Jeannie has also served as a lecturer at UT Austin in the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She has taught courses in dynamic systems and controls as well as programming and engineering computation. Jeannie served on the External Advisory Committee for the Department of Mechanical Engineering for several years and she is currently serving on the EAC for the UT Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. In 2016, she was inducted into the UT Austin ME Academy of Distinguished Alumni as an Honorary UT Mechanical Engineer based on her contributions to the mechanical engineering discipline.
She previously led research in control and mechatronics at the Air Force Research Laboratory while serving as a Captain in the US Air Force. Her team in the Space Vehicles Directorate at AFRL won an SPIE “Smart Structures Product Implementation Award” for their work on the Vibration Isolation and Suppression System, a precision pointing system for optical payloads on satellites.
Jeannie received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Carnegie Mellon University and holds her master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was an Air Force ROTC Distinguished Graduate at Carnegie Mellon.