About Russ

About Russ – updated 2018-11-28

I worked in the process industry for 13 years prior to becoming a chemical engineering faculty member.  I was at Texas Tech University for 12 years, then at Oklahoma State University for 19 years, serving as School Head for 13 of the 19.  I am a fellow of the International Society of Automation http://www.isa.org, Past-President of the American Automatic Control Council http://www.a2c2.org, and an inductee to the Process Automation Hall of Fame.  I retired from OSU in July 2016 to devote full-time efforts to facilitate transfer of practicable techniques to engineers and scientists.  My 1968 ChE BS is from the University of Maryland, and 1985 ChE PhD from North Carolina State University.

My industrial experience revealed that engineering techniques need to be practicable – simple, efficient, credibly demonstrated, grounded in fundamentals, robust, user-friendly, computationally fast, etc.  And, my academic career has centered about investigating useful techniques for modeling, optimization, and statistical analysis with an application focus on process control.  Hence the “enabling data analysis” by-line, “eda” acronym, and the domain name r3eda.

I entered industry after my MS degree, and quickly realized that I was under-prepared in the essentials of process control, optimization, statistics, and process and product modeling.  More so, I had little appreciation for the methodology that is practicable in a business-engineering environment.  These techniques and their application “way” captured interest and became the focus of my academic career.  My utility perspective has been developed through application investigations, and materials were developed through teaching to both on-campus and practicing engineers.  I have managed to compile that material into books on statistics, regression modeling, and optimization.

I hope you find my insight on this web site as beneficial.  I would be pleased to learn of any difficulties you have in using the material or suggestions for its improvement.  Feel free to contact me from the contact menu.

I will be presenting three 2-Day short courses at the OSU Tulsa Campus: optimization (February 21&22, 2019), nonlinear regression modeling (March 14&15, 2019), and applied probability and statistics (Jan 10&11, 2019). Visit https://ceatpd.okstate.edu/node/174 for details.