Bob Russell earned a bachelor's degree in art from Virginia Tech in 1977 and a certificate in Scientific Glass Technology from Salem Community College in 1979. After graduating from SCC, he began working in the scientific glass field, expanding his knowledge of many glasses, including soft, lead, Pyrex and quartz.
Bob has worked at Chemglass Life Sciences for 27 years. An active member of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society (ASGS), Delaware Valley chapter since the mid-1980s, he has served as chair and vice-chair as well as technical posters chair and a technical demonstrator as ASGS national symposia. He was also a demonstrator at the 2015 International Flameworking Conference.Russell became an adjunct instructor in Scientific Glass Technology at Salem Community College in 2012. He has taught both first- and second-year courses.