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INTRODUCING the Society for Engineering and Management Systems (SEMS) Newsletter and its first featured member bio!

Russell Wooten – IT Strategy Manager, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration

A business professional with 30 years of private sector leadership now aligned with nearly 10 years experience in the federal government combining skills in project management, industrial and systems engineering, operations research and management science, and knowledge of advance technologies to bring greater efficiencies to his mission of protecting the Nation’s transportation systems and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.

I’m an IE because I believe in industrial engineering and what our members are capable of accomplishing. I’ve used my skills to solve business problems in more than 40 countries. It was indeed an honor to be the recipient of the IIE Fellows and SEMS Management Awards at this year’s annual IIE conference. Additionally, I was selected as the Engineer of the Year by the Washington DC Council of Engineers and Architects. I received the INFORMS Moving Spirit Award for work with their DC Chapter, was a Franz Edelman Finalist, and am a member of the Edelman Academy. As IIE’s National Capital Chapter president since 2004, we have received Gold Car Honors every year since 2005.

Some of my government contributions include:

  • Co-leading an effort with American Airlines, Delta Airlines and our LAX Checkpoint that successfully eliminated TSA’s need to perform a second security check at the boarding gate immediately before each plane departed.
  • As part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NGATS) and the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), participated as a core member of the TSA Security IPT, the FAA Safety IPT, and Evaluations & Analysis IPT. Also participated as a Security IPT liaison on the Network Enabled Operations, and Weather IPTs. Was a major contributor to the Strategic Plans for the Security, and the Safety IPTs. Finally, contributed to writing the DHS Security component of the JPDO Integrated National Plan which U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta delivered to Congress on Dec. 16, 2004.
  • In 2006, led our US Commercial Aviation Partnership Economic Tool (USCAP), TSA / Boeing effort into the finals of the Franz Edelman Award Competition. The Edelman Competition identifies the “Most Successful Application Utilizing Exceptional Operations Research Techniques with Significant Bottom Line Business Results” within the government, academia and private sectors.
  • Consulted to the USSS on the development of their analytical models to simulate egress at both Presidential National Conventions.
  • Geospatial Technology and Capabilities; Represented TSA on DHS Geospatial Positioning, Navigation and Timing Executive Committee resulting in successful recommendation of programs to eliminate GPS first response vulnerabilities and enhanced backup for military systems.
  • Biometric Technology and Capabilities; Represented TSA on various DHS Working Groups with long term focus of global standardization of biometric technology and short term accomplishments of enhanced utilization of biometrics resulting in strengthen “terrorist” security within DHS.
  • Represented DHS, TSA, FEMA, IIE, and INFORMS at multiple international conferences; establishing bilateral professional and technical networks to extend partnership between DHS and all stakeholders for the purpose of improving our homeland security capabilities.

Some of my professional contributions include:

  • Reducing the span time to design and procurement long lead materials required in construction of power generation boiler islands by 50 percent.
  • Directed design and implementation of simulation-based computer scheduling system, which managed the fabrication of redesigned rocket motors for NASA’s space shuttle.
  • Responsible for $8 million design and development of simulation-based computer scheduling system to manage facility that fabricates replacement boiler tubes.

My contributions to the local community include:

  • Judging between 12-18 local science fairs for each of the last 8 years.
  • Judging finals of the Future Cities Competition in which the best 35-40 schools compete as part of Engineer’s Week.
  • Helping to raise funds for the Pentagon Survivors Fund and the Red Cross Katrina Fund by presenting the Phoenix Pentagon Reconstruction Program.

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