Russell is the University of Idaho’s associate director for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES), a consortium of research entities headquartered at U of I in Idaho Falls. There, he interfaces with the five CAES member institutions: U of I, the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Boise State University, Idaho State University and the University of Wyoming.

Through his role, Russell keeps connected with CAES entities and funding agencies, putting him in an excellent position to help faculty and students.