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Steve F. Russell, PhD, PE

"Under Construction"

Emeritus Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011

Steve F. Russell

26393 520th Ave
Ames, Iowa 50014

My interests are: electrical engineering, playing traditional New Orleans jazz, historic trails research, camping, hiking, long distance biking,

I have worked in the following organizations: Montana State, Collins Radio, Rockwell-Collins, Iowa State, Univerity of Iowa, King Radio.

  • I live in Ames, Iowa
  • I have lived in Weippe, ID; Victor, MT; Stevensville, MT; Missoula, MT; Bozeman, MT; Cedar Rapids, IA;  Olathe, Kansas.

  • (1944-1962) Born and raised in north-central Idaho and western Montana. Lived at Weippe and Lochsa Lodge in Idaho and Victor, Stevensville, Missoula, and White Sulphur Springs in Montana.
  • (1962-1966) Montana State University - Bozeman. Graduated with Batchelor of  Science in Electrical Engineering
  • BSEE (1966) Montana State University
  • (1966-1970) RF design engineer at Collins Radio Company, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1970-1972) Instructor, Engineering Technology Institute, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

  • MSEE (1973) Iowa State University
  • (1973-1974) Technical Staff, Physics Research Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • (1974-1976) Consultant
  • (1974-1975) University Fellowship, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • (1976-1980) Research and Development Engineer, Advanced Technology, Global Positioning System, Rockwell-Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • PhDEE (1978) Iowa State University

  • (1980-1984) Principal Engineer, King Radio Corporation, Olathe, Kansas
  • (1984-2007) Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • (2007-      ) Emeritus Associate Professor, Iowa State University

Welcome to my home page and thanks for visiting.  I retired from Iowa State in the spring semester of 2007 after a 41 year career in engineering, 23 years as a college professor and 18 years as a design engineer and consulting engineer.  I will always be an engineer in mind and spirit but now is the time for enjoying a busy schedule of family, hobbies, and avocations.

Music, Ham Radio, Historic Trails Research, Hiking in the Bitterroot Mountains, Writing Books, and Long-distance Bicycling occupy much of my retirement days.

These 41 years have been challenging and rewarding.  I got paid to do things I loved to do.  In addition I married, raised a family, and contributed to technologies now in everyday use such as GPS, Satellite Communications, and Cellphone Receivers.  I mentored many new engineering graduates and taught engineering to hundreds of students.  It was very enjoyable to guide the research of many graduate students who are now leading successful careers.  It was also a pleasure to work with many talented engineers and they taught me the trade I so much wanted to learn.

Here are some web links to various aspects of my past and present life. Hope you enjoy them.


Bird-Truax Trail • Collins Radio • Communication Theory • Consulting Engineer • Dance Band • Dixieland • Global Positioning System • Ham Radio • Historic Preservation • Historic Trails • Idaho • Iowa • Iowa State University • Jazz & Classical Trumpet • Kansas • King Radio • Lewis & Clark • Lochsa Lodge • Logging • Lolo Trail • Montana State University • Montana • Navstar GPS • Nondestructive Evaluation • Polka Band • RF Design • Rockwell-Collins • Spread Spectrum • Swing Band • TACSATCOM • Traditional Jazz Wireless Security

Steve F. Russell, Ph.D., P.E.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011
Revised: Aug 23, 1999, Nov 29, 2005, Sep 19, 2006, Dec 5, 2007, June 4, 2009, March 3,2013