Steve F. Russell

Steve F. Russell, Ph.D., P.E.
Emeritus Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa

Welcome to my retirement home page at Iowa State University


I retired in the spring of 2007 after a 20-year professional engineer career working in industry followed by a teaching and research career of 23 years at Iowa State University. Since then, I have been enjoying a busy schedule of family, consulting, hobbies, and avocations. Most of my time has been spent with the following activities:

I retired from Iowa State after the spring semester of 2007 and am now enjoying a busy schedule of, family, hobbies, and avocations.
Most of my time is spent with the following activities:

Please visit my internet web pages on these and other topics:

  • Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
  • Western Trails Encyclopedia
  • Music and Tradidtional New Orleans Jazz
  • Dusty Chords Jazz Band
  • Amateur (Ham Radio)
  • Living as a Diebetic

Brief History:


Bird-Truax Trail • Collins Radio • Communication Theory • Consulting Engineer • Dance Band • Dixieland • Global Positioning System • Ham Radio • Historic Preservation • Historic Trails • Idaho • Image ProcessingIowa • Iowa State University • Jazz & Classical Trumpet • Kansas • King Radio • Lewis & Clark Trail • Lochsa Lodge • Logging • Lolo Trail • Montana State University • Montana • Navstar GPS • Nez Perce TrailsNondestructive Evaluation • Oregon-California Trail SystemPolka Band • RF Design • Rockwell-Collins • Spread Spectrum • Swing Band • TACSATCOM • Traditional New Orleans Jazz Western TrailsWireless Security
Dr. Russell's professional experience and interests are in the general areas of wireless communication systems, wireless network security, digital signal processing for communications, Global Positioning System, and RF design. He teaches courses in wireless communication systems, networking, discrete math, communication systems theory, statistical communications theory, spread-spectrum, DSP, spectral analysis, electric circuits, and filters. His current research interests are in wireless network security, spread-spectrum and DSP techniques applied to radio communications and acoustics. He has also done research in image processing and digital filter design theory. His sponsored research has been with RCA/GE, Rockwell International, Texas Instruments, Center for NDE, and Center for Advanced Technology Development.

He is a Senior member of IEEE and is a past student branch advisor for the Central Iowa Section of IEEE. He is a member of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). He is also a member of Sigma Xi and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Iowa. Dr. Russell is a native of Idaho and Montana. He was born in Lewiston, Idaho and spent his growing years in Idaho at Weippe, Orofino, and Lochsa Lodge (Powell), and in Montana in the Bitter Root Valley, and at White Sulphur Springs.

Dr. Russell is a Past Chair of the Iowa Section of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing and a Past President of the Nez Perce National Historic Trail Foundation.

Revised: Aug 23, 1999, Nov 29, 2005, Sep 19, 2006, Dec 5, 2007, June 4, 2009, April 17, 2015