Russell Wooten

Title: Operations Research Specialist
Company: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Location: Hedgesville, West Virginia, United States

Russell Wooten, Operations Research Specialist at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in technology.

Mr. Wooten became involved in his profession because upon completing college, during which he intended to become a manager, he received his first job in the industrial engineering sector and said, “I took to it like a fish in the water.” In addition, he chose his profession because he didn’t think that he had any choice. He blindly fell into it. Like most kids in school, he had no idea what he wanted to do. He didn’t receive good career advisement because he was one of the smart kids that they assumed knew everything. He sort of rebelled against what he was told and took to management and being the boss. Mr. Wooten matriculated at Cleveland State University, earning a BBA in 1977 and an MBA magna cum laude in 1982.

The highlight of Mr. Wooten’s career was receiving a job at a welding products plant, which was set to be closed in the near future. He took the job despite the imminent closure and during his time there, Mr. Wooten completely turned the facility around, saving the plant from closure and saving 250 jobs as well. He began his career in 1977 as a manager of Precision Winding Department for a year, before moving onto Airco Welding Products in 1978. There he was a plant manager until 1981, when he moved to American Greetings Corporation. Mr. Wooten was the supervisor of the productivity studies department until 1988. From there, he became the manager of the management industrial engineering at Akron General Medical Center for a year. He then became a C-level manager at McDermott Technology in 1989 until 2002. In 2002, Mr. Wooten earned a position at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where he remained until he retired in 2016. In that time, he held positions of manager of emerging technologies, branch chief and manager of IT strategy. As a testament to his success, Mr. Wooten has received myriad accolades including Engineer of the Year from the Washington D.C. Council of Engineering and Architectural Studies in 2007 and SEMS Management Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers in 2011, among others. Furthermore, he has been listed in the 58th edition of Who’s Who in America.

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