Title: Space Systems Engineer
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Richard A. Russel, D.Cs., Ae.E., Space Systems Engineer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in computer science.
It was a grade school science fair that ignited Dr. Russel’s interest. After getting involved with science fairs all through high school, these experiences helped him receive a Navy scholarship which was a way into the Navy ROTC program. It was during his undergraduate studies where his attention was turned to electrical engineering. He originally had orders for flight school but was drafted to do nuclear power. There were two milestones during the nuclear power program that stood out to Dr. Russel. The first is when he earned the engineers certificate and afterwards earning the command and submarine certificates
Dr. Russel earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of New Mexico in 1980. He received an M.Sc. in Astronomical Engineering and an Engineers Degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Ae.E., from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994. In 2003, Dr. Russel earned a Doctor in Computer Science at Colorado Technical University. He started his career as a commissioned ensign and nuclear submarine officer with the US Navy in 1980. Through the years, he advanced through grades to the rank of lieutenant commander. From 1981 to 1985, he served as a main propulsion assistant on the USS Puffer (SSN 652) and then spent the next three years as an antisubmarine analyst, nuclear engineer and commander of the 3rd fleet. Throughout the next several years, he worked as the Combat Systems officer on the USS Indianapolis (SSN 697) and the then as Operations office and Navigator on USS Tautog (SSN 639). His last assignment before retiring, was as the Navy’s engineering lead for the UHF Follow-on satellite build at the Hughes satellite factory in Los Angeles. In this capacity he led a team of engineers responsible for the quality control of the ten-satellite constellation build.
Dr. Russel has taught as an adjunct full professor at Webster University and has served on the board of directors of the Object Management Group Inc. Dr. Russel was a Director of System Engineering at Maxim Systems and Director of Space and Communications for Predicate Logic Inc. He also provided his expertise as a Chief Architect for the Air Force Satellite Control Network worked and business development for Northrop Grumman.
In his career, Dr. Russel is known for designing a predictive control system for thermoacoustic refrigerators, designing the US-Russia Center for Y2K Strategic Stability and designing the US Space Command’s space-based Blue Force Tracking System. He has received the Astronomical League Gold Level Observing Award for Radio Astronomy, a Leadership in Education Award from the University of Colorado and the Technologist of the Year Award from Northrop Grumman. He has contributed to many articles, professional journals and conferences. He retired from the Navy in 1996 and remains a member of the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers and the Deep Space Exploration Society. Furthermore, he has been a member of the Astronomical League, the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Space Nuclear Thermal Propulsion technical committee, the Adventurers Club of LA and the Eta Kappa Nu electrical engineering honor society.
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