David W. Russell

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Professor Emeritus of Engineering, Engineering
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David W. Russell retired in 2017 as professor emeritus of engineering after 32 years at Penn State Great Valley. During his tenure, he taught 101 sections of 22 different courses and authored over 140 technical publications, while lecturing worldwide. He served as senior division head for 14 years, devising and launching three new graduate programs. Russell received an honors degree in electrical engineering from the University of Liverpool. He earned his PhD from the Council for National Academic Awards in London for a program of research that involved collaboration with multiple institutions. Prior to Great Valley, he taught at Villanova University, Howard University, and John Moores University, and held various technical executive roles. He’s spent the past 50 years publishing in applied real-time artificial intelligence, factory information systems, and cloud computing. Russell is an active Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the regional editor for the Americas for the International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, and a chartered engineer in the UK.


Russell David W. “The Boxes Methodology- Black Box Dynamic Control.” Springer Verlag London. ISBN 978-1-84996-527-9 (2012).

Bradley, D. A., Russell D.W., Ferguson I., Isaacs J., MacLeod A., White R. “The Internet of Things: The Future or the End of Mechatronics.” Journal of Mechatronics. Elsevier Press. Vol. 27:57-74 (2015).

Russell, D.W. “An Evolutionary Machine Learning Algorithm for Real-time Dynamic Systems.” Proceedings African Conference on Software Engineering and Applied Computing ACSEAC, Sept. 18-23, Cape Town, South Africa (2011).

Russell, D.W., “Software Engineering for Real time Production Monitoring Systems.” Proceedings 2nd Intl. Conference: Computer Integrated Manufacturing ICIM’93 Vol. 2:488-498. Sept. 6 10, Singapore. World Scientific Publishing (1993).

Russell, D.W., Advisor Enhanced Real-Time System Control. Control Engineering Practice. Vol. 7: No.3. 977-982. Pergamon Press (1995).

Russell, D.W. “Failure Driven Learning in the Control of Ill-defined Continuous Systems.” International Journal of Cybernetics and Systems. Vol. 25:555-566. Taylor & Francis. Washington DC (1994).

Russell, David W., and Bradley, David A. “The impact on system design strategies of concepts of cyber-physical systems and the IOT.” Proceedings 14th Mechatronics Forum International Conference, June 16-18, Karlstad, Sweden (2014).

Russell David W., Bradley, David A, and Mahoney, Tracey A. “Necessary elements in the use of comprehensive design methods and tools in the accomplishment of industrial projects.” Proceedings IESM’2013 International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Systems Management. Oct 28 - 30, Rabat, Morocco (2013).

Russell David W. “Increasing Service Availability using Front-end Intelligence in Manufacturing Systems.” Proceedings IEEE Conference on Service Operations and Logistics and Informatics, 851-856. Aug 9-11, Beijing, China (2005).

Russell, D.W., Application of the BOXES Methodology to Continuous Systems. Journal of Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence,: Vol. 6: No 2. 145 152 Pergamon Press (1993).


B.Eng. (hons), Electrical Engineering, Liverpool University.
Senior Thesis: “Nuclear Fusion. “ A study in the design of stellarator-type fusion reactors.

Ph.D., Intelligent Control Systems. Council for National Academic Awards, London. In collaboration with Liverpool Polytechnic, The Victoria University of Manchester, Imperial College, London, and The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Risley, UK.
Thesis: “Advanced Analysis of Nuclear Reactors with Fluidic Control Systems.” Design and construction of an intelligent computer for optimal control of an experimental fast nuclear reactor with digital fluid fuel channels.