Lakewood, Illinois

Bio: Russell’s remarkable idea grew from his experiences as a civil engineering inspector on interstate highway and bridge construction. He was standing on the highway, sometimes within inches, as these 18 wheel behemoths left a rush of air in their wake as they rush from point to point. And then, as he and his family drove those same interstates, he wondered how many they met on the trip from Chicago to Hilton Head Island. He graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and retired as a civil engineer 45 years later. "As a matter of fact, Aerospace Engineering really is Rocket Science”. But then he spent his career improving the American infrastructure as a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois and South Carolina. Water and sewer extensions, subdivisions, roads, parking lots, storm water management, and shopping centers were constructed based on his designs, all typical projects for civil engineers.

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