• Engineering Research Chair Professor
  • Regents Professor
  • TEES Eminent Professor
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering
B. Don Russell

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1975
  • M.E., Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1971
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1970

Research Interests

    • Electric Power Engineering
    • Power System Protection
    • Control and Automation of Power Systems
    • Power Systems Diagnostics and Waveform Analytics
    • Forensic Engineering
    • Engineering Ethics
    • Engineering Professionalism 

Awards & Honors

  • IEEE Fellow
  • National Society of Professional Engineers Fellow
  • National Academy of Forensic Engineers Fellow
  • National Academy of Inventors Fellow
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology Fellow
  • CIGRÉ Distinguished Member
  • Past President, IEEE Power and Energy Society
  • Vice President, USNC International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRÉ)
  • Meritorious Service Award, Power and Energy Society, 2006
  • IEEE Millennium Medal, 2000
  • Past Chair, NAE Electric Power and Energy Engineering Section
  • Distinguished Achievement Award in Research, Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University
  • IEEE Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Technical Field Award
  • IEEE Electrotechnology Transfer Award
  • R&D 100 Award for the Development of the Digital Feeder Monitor
  • Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award, National Society of Professional Engineers
  • The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST), Charter Member
  • Holds 15 US patents; multiple foreign patents

Selected Publications

  • Wischkaemper, J. A., Benner, C. L., Russell, B. D., and Manivannan, K., “Online Assessment of Capacitor Banks Using Circuit Health Monitoring Technology”, Proceedings of CIGRE USNC Grid of the Future Symposium, Houston, TX, October 19-21, 2014.
  • Wischkaemper, J. A., Benner, C. L., Russell, B. D., and Manivannan, K., “Wildfire Mitigation Through Advanced Monitoring: State of Texas Demonstration Project”, Proceedings of CIGRE USNC Grid of the Future Symposium, Houston, TX, October 19-21, 2014.
  • Wischkaemper, J. A., Benner, C. L., Russell, B. D., and Manivannan, K., “Automated Power System Waveform Analytics for Improved Visibility, Situational Awareness, and Operational Efficiency.” CIGRE USNC Grid of the Future Symposium, October 2013.
  • Benner, C.L., Russell, B.D. “Intelligent Systems for Improved Reliability and Failure Diagnosis in Distribution Systems,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 2010, pp. 48-56.
  • Russell, B.D., “Educating the Workforce for the Modem Electric Power System; University-Industry Collaboration,” National Academy of Engineering of the National Academies, The Bridge, Spring 2010, pp. 35-41.
  • Babrauskas, V., Fleming, J.M., Russell, B.D. “RSET/ASET, a Flawed Concept for Fire Safety Assessment,” Journal of Fire Sciences, Fire Mater, 14 April 2010, pp. 341-355.
  • Russell, B.D., Benner, C.L., Cheney, R.M., Wallis, C.F., Anthony, T.L., Muston, W.E., “Reliability Improvement of Distribution Feeders through Real-Time, Intelligent Monitoring,” Proceedings of the IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, July 27, 2009.
  • Benner, C.L., Russell, B.D. “Automated Fault Analysis Using an Intelligent Monitoring System,” Proceedings of 62nd Annual Conference for Protective Relay Engineers, College Station, Texas, March 30 – April 2, 2009.
  • Detection of Downed Conductors on Utility Distribution Systems, IEEE PES Tutorial Course, Course Text No. 90EH0310-3-PWR, IEEE Press.