Profiles of Successful Alumni

By Miller, Robert G. | Diversity Employers, February 2000 | Go to article overview

Profiles of Successful Alumni


Miller, Robert G., Diversity Employers


Alumni play a key role in the life and destiny of a college campus in more than one way including student recruitment and school fundraising. Professionally successful alumni give continued credibility to the quality of the academic product which is a magnet for attracting "the best and brightest" high school graduates to a particular campus. They often give back to colleges through financial support and/or frequently visit serving as mentors to undergraduates.

It's not often that college alumni are highlighted in the public spotlight for their achievements. Hoever, we'd like to showcase some of the more successful university alumni who are stellar performers in their respective professions.

Jesse E. Russell

Tennessee State University

Jesse E. Russell is AT&T's Chief Wireless Architect and Managing Director of the

AT&T Bell Laboratories Wireless Center of Excellence. He is internationally known as a trendsetter in the wireless communications industry and is highly regarded for his technical leadership and contributions in the areas of exploration, development, and deployment of innovative digital wireless communication systems. He is also well known in the Wireless Communications industry for his significant contributions in the areas of Cellular & PCS Standards, RF health & safety related standards, and Public & Industry Policy. Russell is currently responsible for AT&T's Wireless Systems & Services Architectures and wireless core technologies for Business Unit applications.

Since joining Bell Labs in 1972, Russell's responsibilities have spanned cellular communication systems, digital remote switching, traffic control, loop transmission, and network management. He has directed long range applied research in wireless technology and systems and was a major contributor in the development of digital cellular and microcellular technology that has helped AT&T become the leading provider of cellular equipment in the U.S. Russell holds several key patents in the wireless communications area.

He has published extensively and made numerous technical presentations both within the U.S. and internationally. He has been an invited keynote speaker at many technical conferences, and has chaired many technical sessions and a number of international conferences. Russell has held several offices of various technical societies, has received numerous awards, and has been honored by several prestigious societies for his contributions and leadership in the Wireless Communication Industry.

He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society and the TIA Board of Directors. He is also a member of International Regulatory and Standards Committee on Third Generation Wireless Communications Systems, and a member of the Information & Technology Council of the American Management Association. Russell is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electromagnetic Energy Associa-tion, Fellow member, IEEE and inducted Member of the National Academy of Engineering. In addition, he currently also chairs the Mobile & Personal Communications Division of TIA.

Russell received a BSEE from Tennessee State University and an MS from Stanford University. He is a member of ETA Kappa Nu Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Edward (Ed) Nesbitt North Carolina A&T University

A native of Georgetown, South Carolina, Ed Nesbitt received his formal education at Howard High School in Georgetown. Upon graduation in 1951, he entered the United States Air Force and served four years as an air policeman.

After the Air Force stint, he received a football scholarship to North Carolina A&T University where he played fullback and linebacker for four years. He was elected student government president his senior year; was listed twice in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

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