Ray Russell is a 1981 graduate of Penn State University where he was awarded a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, he spent 20 years in the aerospace industry, working as a structural loads engineer for numerous aircraft companies including General Dynamics, Saab Aircraft, The Boeing Company and Lockheed-Martin. In recent years, he has turned his engineering and design talents towards the mobile robotics industry. Prior to forming RoPro Design in 2003, he had worked as a consultant in the robotics field for the Carnegie Science Center, Probotics and the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC). From 2003-2014, he owned and operated RoPro Design Inc, a small, energetic company specializing in the design and fabrication of prototypes for the mobile robotics market. In 2014, he took a sabbatical from his business and joined the academic staff of Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia, where he led a small engineering team working on the next generation of agricultural robots. Returning to the States in 2016 he rejoined NREC and continued his work in the agricultural robotics field. While remaining part time at NREC, he joined the newly formed Locomation team in 2018 to pursue the dream of autonomous trucking.