John Russell


Phone: 505-277-1345
Fax: 505-277-1571

Physical Address

Room 328
Mechanical Engineering Building
Building # 122 on the UNM map

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Department of Mechanical Engineering


PhD, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 1974

MS, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering , The Ohio State University, 1966

BS, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering , The Ohio State University, 1965


Dr. Russell joined the School of Engineering in 1993 as the school’s director of research after a 27 year Air Force career.  He then received tenure as a full professor in 2000 and became the associate dean for research.  In 2004 he became interim chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Since then he has taught various courses and directed the Formula SAE program. The UNM program is now ranked as a top world and national program. His Air Force career was in R&D, where he was one of the developers of the AC-130 Gunship, taught at the USAF Academy, served as director of both the AF’s High Energy Laser Directorate and the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space and Missile Technology Directorate.

*Dr. Russell only works with undergraduate students

Teaching Interests

  • Race car vehicle dynamics
  • Structural dynamics including aeroelasticity
  • Roller coaster design

Research Interests

  • Modeling and simulation of race car performance
  • Influence of chassis stiffness on race car performance
  • Modeling of diabetes

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