Russell, Randy
Electronics Engineer

M.S. in Electrical Engineering. University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

B.S. in Electrical Engineering. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Phone : (727) 553-3962
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 Primarily involved in the design of the digital electronics for all of the sensors and systems developed at the USF CMS Ocean Technology Group. Utilize versatile microcontrollers for data acquisition and control functions. Develop unique instrumentation and systems that can be configured to log data internally for long durations, or monitored in real-time. Interface to satellite transceivers for data reporting and control purposes. Integrate Echelon Lonworks intelligent distributed control concepts into some sensors and data collection systems.

Provide interfacing to spectrophotometers, digital devices and instruments, and analog signals for measurements of interest. Control and monitor various hardware items such as pumps, valves, LEDs, detectors, and commercial measurement instruments. Experience in ensuring that instruments are designed for use in rugged environmental conditions. Design, layout, and test printed circuit boards for instruments.

Develop embedded software for sensors and instrumentation systems. Vast experience with various digital communication protocols. Design user-interfaces to setup instruments and offload data from them. Involved in maximizing battery life in standalone instruments which remain underwater and/or in remote locations for long periods of time collecting and logging data. Strive to reduce the size of instruments as much as practical. Work with mechanical designers to develop custom packaging of electronics in watertight housings.


Professional Experience

02/95 - Present Electronics Engineer, CMS Ocean Technology Group, St. Petersburg, FL

09/85 - 02/95 Senior Systems Engineer, General Electric/ Martin Marietta Neutron Devices, Largo, FL

07/83 - 07/85 Instrumentation Engineer, Goodyear Atomic Corporation, Piketon, OH