Adam Russell is a well known researcher in human performance and sports nutrition. Adam was an elite rugby player, earning several “Blues” for Oxford University while in Graduate School before becoming Eagle #368 and playing in the World Cup qualifiers in 2007. Adam has worked with a number of elite rugby programs to enhance their sports nutrition and overall performance, including several USA National teams.
Adam until recently was a program manager at DARPA focused on social science, behavioral science and human performance. He is now Head Scientist at UMD Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence & Security
Adam has had the great luck to date of being able to blend his personal and professional passions for almost two decades now, bringing his deep interest in science, R&D, and a never-ending quest for “truth” (or at least, a quest to be “less wrong”) to push the limits of what humans are capable of…ideally for the benefit of all of us. In this regard, Adam sees rugby as a crucible for bringing the best of human strengths – like trust, leadership, teamwork, creativity, innovation, courage, empathy, decision-making, and belief – together with analytics, empirical research, and experimentation to make those strengths even more effective and impactful…again, ideally for the benefit of all of us. Along this journey to help us better ourselves, on and off the pitch, he has had the opportunity to develop and manage a number of R&D programs that speak to this journey: from human performance programs seeking to enhance fluid intelligence and group “chemistry”, to trying to understand and model “emergent” social organization, to enhancing our capabilities to recognize trust and trustworthiness, whether that is better knowing whom to trust among humans or what to trust in the published scientific literature, which we rely on to be “less wrong” about the world, Adam has been focused on making the important measurable, rather than making the measurable important…for the benefit of all of us.