UMass Amherst alumnus Mark E. Russell, who earned his MS degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1985, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Russell, Raytheon’s vice-president of Engineering, Technology, and Mission Assurance, was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering Degree from UMass Amherst at its 2012 Commencement ceremonies. See bio »
Russell was elected to the academy for his leadership in developing radar systems that enhanced national security and safety. NAE membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, or education, including "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education." Election of new NAE members is the culmination of a yearlong process and is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. There are only 2,309 U.S. members and 281 international members of the NAE.
Raytheon Chairman and CEO Tom Kennedy remarked that "Mark's contributions as a world-class engineer have not only elevated Raytheon's standing as a global technology leader, but also enhanced the safety and security of our nation and our allies. And, as a leader, Mark has dedicated himself to developing the talented people and innovative processes capable of unlocking the game-changing solutions needed to overcome any technological challenge."
In his current role, Russell provides corporate leadership in the strategic areas of technology and research, engineering, operations, performance excellence, programs security, Raytheon Six Sigma, and mission assurance. He is responsible for 45,000 employees working on more than 8,000 programs.
Prior to leading Raytheon’s engineering organization, Russell was vice president of Engineering for Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business. In this role, he was responsible for leading the IDS engineering activities, including: the capture and management of technology and advanced programs; coordination of strategic architecture initiatives; development and production of advanced semiconductor products; continuous improvement of processes and tools; and product development. (March 2020)