Russell Lipeles

Senior Project Engineer
The Aerospace Corporation - El Segundo, CA

UCI AB, Chemistry and Physics, 1974

UCLA Ph.D. Chemistry, 1978

Career Path: 

I graduated from UCI with an AB in Chemistry and Physics. I went to UCLA and worked in the Chemistry Department on understanding molecular motion in liquids using light scattering and ultrasonics. After getting my PhD in Physical Chemistry I took a post-Doc position at USC/The Aerospace Corporation in order to learn surface science, which was a young field in the late 1970s/early 1980s. After nine months I was hired full time at The Aerospace Corporation. Although I have my degrees in chemistry and physics, I do most of my work in materials science in the areas of polymers, composite materials for space structures, data storage materials, optical modulators, and spacecraft and rocket materials. I have also managed technical professionals as a section manager and associate department director.

Career Experience: 
chemistry and physics, materials science, polymer science, electro-optics, data storage technologies
USC, post-doc :: The Aerospace Corporation
Personal Interests: 
My current non-science interests include hiking, gardening, guitar, and electronic music.
Type of Students: 
Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science
Number of Students I can Mentor: 
Joined Date: 
16 years 3 months ago
Ideal Mentoring Relationship: 
About 3-4 in-person meetings and keeping in touch at least once a month