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Jesse Russell, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Turnip)
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Columbia
Favorite Quote:
Never let anyone else define success for you.

Birthplace

Born:
4/26/1948
Birth Location:
Nashville, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Electrical Engineer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Greens (Turnip)
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Columbia
Favorite Quote:
Never let anyone else define success for you.

Birthplace

Born:
4/26/1948
Birth Location:
Nashville
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Biography

Inventor, electrical engineer, and business executive Jesse E. Russell, Sr. was born on April 26, 1948 in Nolensville, Tennessee to Mary Louise Russell and Charles Albert Russell. He was raised in inner-city Nashville along with his ten siblings. In 1972, Russell received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee State University. As a top honor student, Russell became the first African American to be hired directly from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) by AT&T Bell Laboratories. The following year, he earned his M. S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

After the completion of his education, Russell continued to work at Bell Laboratories as a pioneer in the field of cellular and wireless communications. In 1988, Russell led the first team from Bell Laboratories to introduce digital cellular technology in the United States. He was a leader in communication technology in cellular devices and some of his patents include the “Base Station for Mobile Radio Telecommunications Systems,” (1992), the “Mobile Data Telephone,” (1993), and the “Wireless Communication Base Station” (1998). Russell held numerous posts while employed at AT&T, including director of the AT&T Cellular Telecommunication Laboratory and chief technical officer for the Network Wireless Systems Business Unit. From 1996 to 2000, Russell served as vice president of Advanced Communications Technologies for AT&T and Chief Wireless Architect for the AT&T Company. In 2000, Russell became the president and CEO of incNETWORKS®, Inc., a company devoted to developing fourth-generation broadband wireless communications devices and wireless voice, video and data communications equipment.

For his innovation and leadership, Russell has won a number of prestigious awards and he was invited to participate in numerous professional conferences and organizations. In 1980, he received the Outstanding Young Electrical and Computer Engineer Award from Eta Kappa Nuand. In 1992 he was named the U.S. Black Engineer of the Year for the best technical contributions in digital cellular and microcellular technology. Amongst other memberships, he is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. and a member of Eta Kappa Nu. In 1995, Russell was inducted in to the National Academy of Engineering. Russell is married to Amanda O. Russell, and they have raised four children: Tina, Jesse, Jr., William, and Catalina.

Jesse E. Russell, Sr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 16, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jesse Russell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jesse Russell lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jesse Russell describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jesse Russell talks about his mother's childhood in Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jesse Russell describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jesse Russell talks about being raised by his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jesse Russell talks about his mother's involvement with the Primitive Baptist Church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jesse Russell talks about his parents and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jesse Russell talks about his childhood household and his mother's employment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jesse Russell talks about being raised with a close connection to the church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jesse Russell describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jesse Russell talks about his family's dire financial situation following his mother's accident
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jesse Russell talks about the influence of his chemistry teacher in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jesse Russell talks about his close relationship with his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jesse Russell talks about his mother's accident at work, and the sacrifices made by his siblings to support the family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jesse Russell talks about the schools that he attended in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jesse Russell describes his experience in high school in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jesse Russell describes his childhood interest in math and electronics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jesse Russell talks about repairing his family's television set
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jesse Russell talks about his ability to repair electronics and toys, and his talent for mathematics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jesse Russell talks about his childhood dream of becoming a professional football player
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jesse Russell talks about getting into a fight in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jesse Russell talks about NFL player, Joe Gilliam, and about Jefferson Street in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jesse Russell talks about his interest in math and science, and his experience in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jesse Russell talks about attending a summer program at Fisk University, and his first exposure to the conflict between science and religion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jesse Russell talks about the poor college prep at his high school, his experience at Fisk University, and his motivation to attend college - part one
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jesse Russell talks about the poor college prep at his high school, his experience at Fisk University, and his motivation to attend college - part two
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jesse Russell talks about attending the School of Engineering at Tennessee State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jesse Russell talks about his experience graduating from high school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jesse Russell talks about his part-time job at a manufacturing company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jesse Russell describes his experience in the engineering school at Tennessee State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jesse Russell describes his experience at Tennessee State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jesse Russell talks about excelling in engineering school at Tennessee State University, and his desire to work at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jesse Russell describes being recruited to work at Bell Laboratories, and the opportunity to pursue his master's degree at Stanford University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jesse Russell talks about earning his master's degree at Stanford University, getting married to his high school sweetheart and returning to Bell Labs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jesse Russell describes his work using microprocessors in the design of telecommunications systems at Bell Laboratories
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jesse Russell talks about his ability to solve challenging problems
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jesse Russell talks about his first project at Bell Labs integrating microprocessors on old electromechanical switching systems
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jesse Russell talks about his summer research experience where he invented an automatic soldering machine for superconductivity experiments
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jesse Russell describes how he began to work on mobile telephones at Bell Labs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jesse Russell describes his pioneering work at Bell Labs that led to the introduction of digital cellular technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jesse Russell describes the process that made it possible to reduce the size of cell phones
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jesse Russell talks about his role as the director of AT&T's Cellular Telecommunications Laboratory and the digitalization of telecommunications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jesse Russell explains how he conceived the idea of starting his company, incNETWORKS, Inc. - part one
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jesse Russell explains how he conceived the idea of starting his company, incNETWORKS, Inc. - part two
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jesse Russell talks about the concept of 4G in telecommunications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jesse Russell talks about the future of cellular telecommunications
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jesse Russell reflects upon the trends in the investment in innovation and intellectual bandwidth in the United States
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jesse Russell talks about personalized cellular networks
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jesse Russell describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today - part one
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jesse Russell describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today - part two
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jesse Russell reflects upon his life's choices and his mother's role in his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jesse Russell reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jesse Russell talks about his family - part one
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Jesse Russell talks about his family - part two
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Jesse Russell talks about how he would like to be remembered