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Trent Russell

Chief Quality Officer

Trent Russell is an engineering, quality assurance and nuclear power professional with experience in auditing, technical writing and regulatory standards and adherence in high-risk, high-consequence environments. As Mechanical Lead at Ameren Missouri's Callaway Energy Center in Fulton, Missouri, Trent was involved in the nuclear plant's technical operations and system interfaces and helped lead the development and review of their 20-year License Renewal Application. In 2009 he joined the Boone County Fire Protection District (BCFPD) as a volunteer firefighter. Trent is listed on the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, the Incident Command System and is certified in the National Fire Protection Association's Hazardous Material Awareness and Operations training.


University of Missouri-Columbia Engineering School
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professional Affiliations/Certifications:

  • Associate Safety Professional (ASP) – 2016
  • Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician - 2011
  • Boone County Fire Department Recruit Graduate – 2009

Career Details:

August 2012 - present

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  • Supports the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center’s (GSFC) Supplier Assessment Program and the Center’s Quality Management System in process reviews, risk management, supplier assessments and other improvements.
  • Developed metrics and compiled data for all NASA Center Quality Audit, Assessment, and Review and Institutional/Facility/Operational (IFO) Safety in an effort to evaluate and improve Center performance as well as track and trend potential systemic issues across the Agency.
  • Categorized NASA safety audit findings in support of trending and monitoring NASA center health status and have provided input to GSFC in support of metric analysis.
  • Performed analysis on NASA Quality Assurance and Safety audit findings with regards to requirements in the areas of Safety and Mission Assurance, Quality Assurance programs, parts, software assurance, Pressure Vessel and Pressurized Systems, Mishaps and Close Calls, OSHA, Facility System safety, Lifting Devices and Equipment, Fire Protection and explosives.
  • Developed common Failure Mode definitions and aligned with the NASA spacecraft component list.
  • Assisted, as an Intercenter Aircraft Operations Panel team member, in the review of aircraft operations, airfield facilities and services and associated aviation management practices for the Langley Research Center, Johnson Space Center, Glenn Research Center and Armstrong Flight Research Center.
  • Assisted in the revision, improvement and development of new chapters to be added to the new revision of the NASA standard for Aircraft Operations.

Nuclear industry

  • Support the safe and efficient completion of commercial nuclear plant refueling outages with emphasis in oversight and quality assurance of Reactor Head Area Maintenance.
  • Support commercial nuclear utilities and contractors in the engineering, troubleshooting and safety of lifting devices and equipment and pressure vessels.
  • Assisted, as a Supplier Assessment team member, in the review of the requirements within ASME NQA-1 for commercial grade item suppliers.

Deep sea exploration industry

  • Developed Certification Survey Plans for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to assist the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in their certification process of the ALVIN Deep Submergence Vehicle.
  • Performed on-site quality assurance audits of material and data records for Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and WHOI.
  • Provided technical review and document consultation in support of WHOI’s NAVSEA system certification in the areas of Fabrication and Process Control, Material Control, Qualifications, Test Performance and Inspection, Design and Configuration Management and Related Maintenance and Repairs.
  • Provided input into the WHOI corrective action program as part of the NAVSEA certification process.
  • Assisted, as an auditor, in the annual internal review for the ALVIN Deep Submergence Vehicle and the ATLANTIS Launch and Recovery System which focused on the areas of management, quality assurance, material control, re-entry control, testing and technical.


  • Provided company Program Management Support, including development of numerous procedures, processes and forms to adhere to the requirements of ISO9001:2008.
July 2008 - July 2012

Ameren UE Callaway Nuclear Plant
Level Two Engineer – License Renewal Mechanical Lead

Supervised and observed critical roles during refueling outage, coordinated plant equipment out-of-service outages and developed and implemented troubleshooting plans for emergent equipment issues. Performed multiple system “walkdowns” to ensure the reliability of plant equipment and both trained-up personnel for and participated in NRC audits related to Callaway's License Renewal Application. Developed and implement aging management programs to ensure the long-term integrity and reliability of safety-related plant equipment.

2005 - 2008

University of Missouri Energy Management
Student Mechanical Engineering Assistant Technical II

Took field readings of pump heads and flows, temperatures and differential pressures. Performed field calibration of RTD temperature sensors and reated database with chiller, pump, motor and sensor information. Gained operational experience with a large, distributed, central-chilled water system with supply totaling 20,000 tons.

Technical Skills and Tools:

Microsoft Office
AutoCAD, Pro-Engineer, Matlab, Mathematica, Citrix, and Callaway Director
French language skills

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