Dr. J.J. Russell - Lead Scientist for LAT Flight Software Development, SLAC
Photo of J.J. Russell Dr. J.J. Russell is the lead scientist for the Large Area Telescope (LAT) flight software development on Fermi. Russell works at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), Menlo Park, Calif.

Russell came to SLAC's High Energy Physics area in 1986 to help build SLAC Large Detector (SLD), an experiment exploring the properties of the Z particle. Since 1998, he worked on the Fermi project leading the flight software effort and helping to design its data acquisition system.

Prior to his time at SLAC, he worked for a medical company pioneering digital X-rays and a satellite imaging company from 1983-1986. Russell did a postdoc stint at Caltech from 1980 to 1983, working on the Mark III detector at SLAC, an experiment designed to do precision measurements of charmed particles.

He received his B.S. in Physics from Ohio State University in 1972 and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1980. His thesis was on the discovery of the Lambda-C, the charmed cousin of the Lambda.

His outside interests include trying to keep pace with his cross-country running daughter, playing the occasional beer-league softball game with friends and reading biographies.

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