2011 40 Under 40: Rick Russell, PE, LEED AP, 37

Principal, Interface Engineering, San Francisco

05/13/2011


Rick Russell, PE, LEED AP, 37

Principal, Interface Engineering, San Francisco

California Maritime Academy, BS Marine Engineering Technology; California State University-Sacramento, MS Mechanical Engineering

Russell is a natural leader who has served in leadership roles ever since he was a Cub Scout in elementary school. From those humble beginnings, he rose to become a platoon commander in charge of 40 others at the California Maritime Academy, engineering officer on a ship of 30 people, and lieutenant commander in the United States Navy. He returned to school to acquire a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, where he wrote his thesis paper on a double-effect absorption chiller, then quickly rose through the ranks in the construction and consulting industry to become a principal at Interface Engineering —all before the relatively tender age of 37. Russell is both innovative and versatile, and he has engineered projects ranging from a preschool with a low construction budget to a laboratory with nuclear magnetic resonance equipment, vivariums, and hazardous exhaust systems. He has worked on high-profile projects like energy modeling for University of California-David Viticulture & Enology Research Building (LEED Platinum goal), and the Facebook Dining Facility in Palo Alto, Calif. He developed a novel approach for the oxygen system replacement project at a hospital, where he installed an entire temporary oxygen system prior to commencing the replacement in order to eliminate downtime. He also contributes as a presenter for Interface Engineering University, an AIA-certified continuing education provider, about sustainable design, chilled beams, mechanical design for labs, and LEED v3. Russell has donated his time to the Leap Sandcastle Classic for Bay Area kids and has participated on several Habitat for Humanity builds. In his free time, Russell returns to his maritime roots as a sailor. He finished third in the Pacific Cup sailboat race from San Francisco to Hawaii, and he’s passing on his love of the sea to his wife and two sons by sailing around San Francisco Bay with them.

Return to the complete list of 2011 40 Under 40 Winners



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Safer human-robot collaboration; 2017 Maintenance Survey; Digital Training; Converting your lighting system
IIoT grows up; Six ways to lower IIoT costs; Six mobile safety strategies; 2017 Salary Survey
2016 Top Plant; 2016 Best Practices on manufacturing progress, efficiency, safety
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
What controller fits your application; Permanent magnet motors; Chemical manufacturer tames alarm management; Taking steps in a new direction
Commissioning electrical systems; Designing emergency and standby generator systems; Paralleling switchgear generator systems
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on preventing compressed air leaks and centrifugal air compressor basics and best practices for the "fifth utility" in manufacturing plants.
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
click me