BSME: Russ received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with honors from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in June, 1948. He was elected a member of the Pi Tau Sigma Honorary Mechanical Engineering Society.
MSME: In January 1956 Russ received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. He attended Graduate School there while on active duty with the United States Air Force. His thesis topic was “A Solid Particle Heat Transfer System for Nuclear Powered Aircraft.”
Doctor of Philosophy: Awarded an Honorary PhD in Strategy, Programme, and Project Management from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Lille, France in 2005.