Alumnus Mark E. Russell, who earned his M.S. degree from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 1985, received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst at its 2012 Commencement ceremonies. Russell is the Raytheon Corporate Vice President of Engineering, Technology, and Mission Assurance. Russell was recently elevated to the honorary status of Fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The prestigious distinction of AIAA Fellow is conferred upon those members of the institute who have made notable and valuable contributions to the arts, sciences, or the technology of aeronautics and astronautics.

Previously, Russell was Vice President of Engineering for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). In this role, he was responsible for leading all engineering activities within IDS, including: the capture and management of technology and advanced programs; coordination of strategic architecture initiatives; development and production of advanced semiconductor products at Raytheon RF Components; continuous improvement of processes and tools; and product development.

Before that, Russell served as the Director of Surface Radar Engineering for Raytheon’s Electronic Systems business and was the Director of the Radar Design and Electronics Center for Electronic Systems. He also has experience as a manager for microwave systems. Russell has published papers in the areas of active electronically steered arrays and radar systems, missiles, photonic technology, solid-state transmitters, and communications systems. He has patents in microwave and millimeter wave components, high-range resolution radar applications, and missile seekers.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Russell is involved in the University of Massachusetts K-16 Engineering Collaborative, the Industrial Advisory Board, and the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), and is the Campus Executive for the University of Massachusetts. (May 2012)