Rich Russell


Director, Materials Science and Applications

Richard (Rich) Russell is the Director of Materials Science and Applications at Draper. He is responsible for strategic and operational plan development, program execution oversight, technology investment, and supervision of the Materials Science and Applications organization at the Lab. His most recent role was Director of Special Technology Solutions, where he directed Draper’s Intelligence Community activities in sensors and communication systems, navigation, and advanced technical solutions

Rich has been at Draper for over 25 years, where he has held line management positions in engineering and program management. His positions covered a variety of technical domains including all aspects of hardware design: RF communication systems, RF tags, autonomous undersea mapping and mine hunting, unattended ground sensors, advanced packaging techniques and fault tolerant computing. Rich was the former Director of Draper IR&D, which gave him a full view of Draper’s technology. Rich has worked in many domains, including undersea manned and unmanned vehicles, spacecraft computer control and tracking, tagging and locating devices in harsh environments.

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