Marzette, Russell


Professional Life
Prof. Marzette is an engineer, entrepreneur, and mentor focused on educating the next generation of engineers. His primary interest is providing high-impact practical experiences that promote student success in the practice of the discipline. His collective experience translates to a student-centered and practice-based approach to capstone design.

Before joining the university, Prof. Marzette worked as a project engineer for a new product development team at Illinois Tool Works (ITW) in Troy, OH. His work focused on ensuring designs' technical integrity, leading interdisciplinary design and verification efforts, and supporting the transition from engineering to manufacturing. Before joining ITW, he was a Mechanical Engineering Research Scientist for Battelle Memorial Institute. As a task lead, he led interdisciplinary teams of analysts, designers, engineers, and technicians to develop hardware and custom test configurations, support testing and evaluation, technical consulting, and project management. He has operated through all phases of the project life cycle and has experience interacting with and managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 

Select University Service

Engineering Senator, University Senate, The Ohio State University, Starting June 2022 
Member, SSESG – High-Impact Practices Advisory Committee, Office of Academic Enrichment, 2021-Current
Member & Past Chair, Senate Council on Enrollment and Student Progress, University Senate, 2016-Current
Member, Honors GE Workgroup, Office of Academic Enrichment, May-August 2021
Second-year Transformational Experience Program (STEP), Faculty Mentor, 2018-2020

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Board Member, Design in Engineering Education Division, American Society of Engineering Education, 2021-Current
National Professionals Programs Chair, National Society of Black Engineers, 2021-Current
Member, Strategic Planning Task Force, National Society of Black Engineers, 2019-Current
Deputy Director, Aerospace Special Interest Group, National Society of Black Engineers, 2019-2021

Academics & Personal Life

Prof. Marzette received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of the Pacific and a Master of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a NASA Graduate Student Research Program Fellow.


He is a proud member of ASEE, ASME, AIAA, NSBE, Tau Beta Pi.

He grew up in the San Joaquin Valley in Fresno, California, also known as the California Central Valley (a salad bowl between the Coastal Ranges and the Sierra Nevada mountains). He is an active individual. In addition to volunteering, he enjoys long-distance cycling, running, volleyball, and the visual and performing arts.