SAN DIEGO —Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) is proud to announce Dr. Stephen Russell has been elevated to the position of Fellow by the international professional Society for Optics and Photonics technology (SPIE). Founded in 1955, SPIE was formerly the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers, later the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.
Russell is SSC Pacific’s director for Science & Technology, and Chief Technology Officer for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. He is also the author/co-author of 70+ articles in peer-reviewed journals, professional conference proceedings, and technical reports in photonics, excimer laser processing, microelectronics and related fields.
In 2005, SSC Pacific recognized Russell’s creativity with the Lauritsen-Bennett Award for Excellence in Science, the Center’s most prestigious award. Russell is also the most prolific inventor in the Center’s 78-year history, and is recognized as one of the most prolific inventors across all of the Department of Navy laboratories.
Russell currently holds 122 issued U.S. and foreign patents with another nine patents pending. However, most importantly, more than 20 percent of Russell’s intellectual property has been commercially licensed, and his licensed patents have contributed to the important role of transitioning government funded technology to the private sector.
In 2008, SPAWAR executed the Defense Department’s largest ever patent license agreement receiving more than $2.3 million in royalties at signature. Six of Russell’s patents related to advanced communication technologies were part of the licensed portfolio, which to a large degree drove his selection as that year’s recipient of the SSC Pacific Technology Transfer Inventor Award.
SSC Pacific's mission: To conduct research, development, engineering, and support of integrated command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber, and space systems across all warfighting domains, and to rapidly prototype, conduct test and evaluation, and provide acquisition, installation, and in-service engineering support. www.spawar.navy.mil/pacific