MEET OUR TEAM

Shane Trussell

Shane Trussell

President & CEO - Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
Rhodes Trussell

Rhodes Trussell

Chairman of the Board - Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
Celine Trussell

Celine Trussell

Chief Financial & Strategy Officer - P.E., BCEE
Bryan Trussell

Bryan Trussell

Director of Engineering - P.E., BCEE
Eileen Idica

Eileen Idica

Director of Engineering - Ph.D., P.E.
Brian Pecson

Brian Pecson

Director of Engineering - Ph.D., P.E.
Aleks Pisarenko

Aleks Pisarenko

Director of Plant Operation and Maintenance Services, Ph.D., WTPO Level 5
Keel Robinson

Keel Robinson

Director of Business Development
David Hokanson

David Hokanson

Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
Jean Debroux

Jean Debroux

Ph.D.
Elaine Howe

Elaine Howe

P.E. (NM), BCEE
John Kenny

John Kenny

P.E., BCEE
Emily Owens-Bennett

Emily Owens-Bennett

P.E., BCEE
Brett Faulkner

Brett Faulkner

P.E., WW Operator Level 3
Luciana Pereyra

Luciana Pereyra

Ph.D.
Brie Post

Brie Post

P.E.
Elise Chen

Elise Chen

P.E., AWTO Level 5, WW Operator Level 5
Anya Kaufmann

Anya Kaufmann

P.E.
Teresa Venezia

Teresa Venezia

Mitchel Bartolo

Mitchel Bartolo

P.E.
Emily Darby

Emily Darby

P.E.
Aviv Kolakovsky

Aviv Kolakovsky

P.E., AWTO Level 4, WW Operator Grade V
Rodrigo Tackaert

Rodrigo Tackaert

P.E., AWTO Level 5, WW Operator Level 3
Fernanda Baccaro

Fernanda Baccaro

Nate La Breche

Nate La Breche

Emily Holland

Emily Holland

Bryce McFerrin

Bryce McFerrin

Jacob Newman

Jacob Newman

Nicholas Babcock

Nicholas Babcock

Kaitlyn Chin

Kaitlyn Chin

Estefania Escobar

Estefania Escobar

Andrew Rudchenko

Andrew Rudchenko

Alicia Qiu

Alicia Qiu

David Aponte

David Aponte

Tim Dinh

Tim Dinh

Shane Trussell

President & CEO - Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Shane is the President of Trussell Technologies, Inc. with more than 25 years of experience, a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley studying membrane bioreactors, an M.S. from UCLA and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Riverside. Shane has authored more than 60 publications and is a registered professional engineer in California. Shane is a passionate about finding elegant and simple solutions to the complex challenges facing utilities with climate change threatening our water quality and supply. Shane has been involved in the planning, design, permitting, operation and optimization of indirect and direct potable reuse projects. He has also served as the Principal Investigator on research projects that developed critical information to fill important data gaps that supported the development of potable reuse regulations (both surface water and direct) in California.

Phone

858-314-4134

Location

San Diego Office

Rhodes Trussell

Chairman of the Board - Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Dr. Trussell is known, worldwide, as an authority in water treatment, his career characterized by application of fundamental science to improve water technology. He has advised the Cities throughout the United States and on every continent overseas, working on dozens of treatment plants, from less than one mgd to more than 900 mgd. Dr. Trussell is often called upon to help utilities manage projects where public health and the support of regulatory authorities is critical. Since founding Trussell Technologies at the turn of our new century, Trussell has shifted the focus of his work to developing new sources of water for the southwest, particularly through potable reuse. Dr. Trussell still serves as a technical advisor and the QAQC lead for several projects. In recent decades, his most satisfying professional work has been with the Water Reuse Association. Over his career Dr. Trussell has been honored by the profession several times, including: membership the National Academy of Engineering, the AMWA D. R. Boyd Award, the AAEE Kapp Lecture, the AEESP F. G. Pohland Medal, the AWWA A.P. Black Award, the CA-NV AWWA G. F. Fuller award, the IWA Global Water Award, the NWRI Clark Prize, the ASCE/EWRI Simon Freese Award and the CA WateReuse President’s Award.

Phone

626-463-0394

Location

Pasadena Office

Celine Trussell

Chief Financial & Strategy Officer - P.E., BCEE

Céline C. Trussell has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the French Engineering school E.S.T.P (Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics) in Paris, an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from U.C. Los Angeles and an MBA from the U.C. San Diego Rady School of Management. Ms. Trussell is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California with 14 years of experience. Ms. Trussell has authored 10 publications. Her areas of focus are water treatment and design with a strong emphasis on membrane applications for desalination and water treatment. She has been involved in membrane treatment processes feasibility, pilot testing, detailed design and cost estimating. Ms. Trussell also has experience in conventional water treatment studies and designs. Ms. Trussell conducted extensive pilot studies of water treatment processes (conventional water treatment, ozone, DAF, Actiflo, MF/UF, RO, etc.).

Phone

858-314-4129

Location

San Diego Office

Bryan Trussell

Director of Engineering - P.E., BCEE

Bryan Trussell has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Trussell is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California with more than nineteen years of work experience. Bryan worked for nine years with Los Angeles Sanitation, bringing valuable insight and perspective to the many challenges facing today’s utilities. Since joining Trussell Tech in 2013, he has helped lead several advanced treatment projects, including pilot testing Terminal Island’s UV-Cl2 advanced oxidation process (first in a reuse application), assessing soil aquifer treatment on recycled water using soil columns, and most recently helping Metropolitan Water District establish the first pathogen crediting framework for membrane bioreactors (MBRs). Mr. Trussell is an active member of the California Water Environment Association, including serving on the board for its local section and several statewide committees.

Phone

626-463-0385

Location

Pasadena Office

Eileen Idica

Director of Engineering - Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Eileen Y. Idica is a Principal Engineer at Trussell Technologies with over 15 years of experience in civil and environmental engineering. Eileen’s recent experience has focused on supporting utilities in regulatory permit development, compliance, and reporting for the California Division of Drinking Water and Regional Water Quality Control Boards, particularly for potable reuse via surface water augmentation (under the new 2018 regulations) and groundwater replenishment (under the newer 2014 regulations). Eileen also frequently works in the owner’s advisor role to review and provide technical recommendations during the design process for traditional design bid build projects and alternative delivery methods (such as design build and progressive design build) for reuse facilities, and during the construction, startup and commissioning processes to ensure the procurement of reliable and efficient equipment and treatment systems, and to streamline regulatory compliance and reporting.

Phone

858-314-4130

Location

San Diego Office

Brian Pecson

Director of Engineering - Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Pecson is the Director of Engineering leading Trussell’s Oakland office. He has over 20 years of experience in engineering and public health that allows him to address a variety of complex issues in the treatment of water, wastewater, and recycled water. Dr. Pecson is working on multiple emerging topics including direct potable reuse (DPR), onsite reuse, and contaminated groundwaters. Recently, he has specialized in the development of public health criteria for emerging applications, the evaluation and testing of technologies that meet these criteria, and the design of full-scale treatment systems for both drinking water and recycled water. Dr. Pecson works closely with California’s Division of Drinking Water and has helped negotiate several innovative reuse permits. He recently served as the Principal Investigator for two key pathogen-related research projects supporting DPR regulatory development in California (WRF4951 and WRF4989). Dr. Pecson has authored 27 research papers on topics ranging from pathogen and chemical control strategies to public health protection and risk assessment.

Phone

510-457-2201

Location

Oakland Office

Aleks Pisarenko

Director of Plant Operation and Maintenance Services, Ph.D., WTPO Level 5

Aleksey (Aleks) N. Pisarenko has a B.S. in Chemistry from York College of PA and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Miami University. Aleks has over 13 years of experience in the water industry and is a certified Grade V Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator with over 9 years of experience with operation and maintenance of Advanced Water Treatment (AWT) processes. Aleks was the lead engineer for the design, construction management, start-up, and testing of the 1.6 MGD ozone/BAC pretreatment integration to the City for San Diego’s 1 MGD Pure Water Demonstration Facility and other projects at the facility to inform the design, permitting, and optimization of operation and maintenance of the future 30 MGD North City Pure Water Facility.For his Ph.D. work, Aleks was part of the team that investigated perchlorate ion formation in sodium hypochlorite and developed strategies to minimize potential contamination of drinking water. This work led to development of Hypochlorite Assessment Model, which can be used to predict sodium hypochlorite decomposition and formation of chlorate and perchlorate ions. During his postdoc experience at Southern Nevada Water Authority, Aleks was involved in several Water Research Foundation (WRF) projects such as 1648, 1667, and 1693 on the use of ozone in reuse as pretreatment to membrane systems, contaminant destruction and associated formation of oxidation byproducts such as Nitrosamines and Perfluoroalkyl Substances. More recently Aleks took active roles in recent WRF projects including 4765, 4832, 4991, 4954, and 5035, covering topics such as constituents of emerging concern, the use of ozone and BAC in potable reuse as a substitute to RO or as additional barriers for attenuation of chemical peaks and novel real-time event detection and response system. Aleks is a co-author of more than 27 peer-reviewed publications and over 60 technical presentations on diverse topics in potable water reuse and was Subject Matter Expert to CA-NV AWWA and CWEA Committee working on the development of AWT Operator Certification program.

Phone

858-314-4127

Location

San Diego Office

Keel Robinson

Director of Business Development

Keel Robinson serves as a Principal Engineer and the Director of Business Development at Trussell. As a Principal Engineer, Keel has led our team on multiple potable reuse projects to deliver advanced water purification facilities including Pure Water Monterey (Monterey One Water), Pure Water Soquel (Soquel Creek Water District) and Pure Water Antelope Valley (Palmdale Water District). Keel also has been essential towards supporting the implementation of potable reuse treatment solutions with the City of Los Angeles at the Terminal Island, Donald C. Tillman, and Hyperion Water Reclamation Plants. Keel is the Principal Investigator for the Water Research Foundation’s Evaluation of CEC Removal by Ozone/BAF Treatment in Potable Reuse Applications and serves on the NWRI’s expert panel for One Water Nevada. As Director of Business Development, Keel helps our team develop relationships with key industry partners to deliver innovative and sustainable treatment solutions for our clients. Keel is a recognized process and regulatory expert in potable reuse with 27 years of experience as both an advanced water treatment technology supplier and as an engineering consultant. Keel has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Phone

510-457-2210

Location

Oakland Office

David Hokanson

Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Dr. Hokanson is an expert on physical and chemical processes applied to water treatment and potable reuse, with over 25 years of experience and more than 75 publications. He has developed engineering design tools for water treatment for the EPA & for wastewater reuse onboard the International Space Station for NASA. He has spent the last 15+ years at Trussell Technologies on projects involving physical and chemical treatment, drinking water treatment, ocean water desalination, and potable reuse. He is a Registered Civil Engineer in California, a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan, and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer.

Phone

626-463-0388

Location

Pasadena Office

Jean Debroux

Ph.D.

Jean Debroux, Ph.D. has 35 years’ experience serving clients in the water industry. Focused mainly on potable reuse and drinking water planning and design projects, Jean is a water quality and physical-chemical treatment process specialist. Jean received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Florida and a M.S and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder evaluating disinfection by-product formation nationally and water quality transformations during soil aquifer treatment in budding groundwater recharge projects in the Southwestern United States. As a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford University, Jean continued his potable reuse research with investigations into the fate and transport of wastewater derived contaminants in full-scale groundwater recharge projects. Jean has performed applied research throughout his career and has been a member of four NWRI Independent Advisory Panels on potable and non-potable reuse in California. At a previous firm, Jean managed senior technical specialists and mentored staff as the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer. Most recently, Jean was the co-Principal Investigator of DPR-4, a Water Reuse Foundation and California State Water Resources Control Board grant investigating the fate of regulated and non-regulated chemical contaminants through advanced treatment trains to support the formation of California’s Direct Potable Reuse regulations. Jean is the author of over 45 water quality publications to date including refereed journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. Jean has also made over 50 presentations at water related conferences and has been an invited speaker at 14 regional, national, and international events.

Phone

415-632-8341

Location

Oakland Office

Elaine Howe

P.E. (NM), BCEE

Elaine Howe is a Principal Engineer at Trussell Technologies, with over twenty-six years of experience in the field of environmental engineering. Ms. Howe has experience in source water assessment, water treatment, potable reuse and project management. Her experience in water treatment is through process train selection and preliminary facility design for the Stanislaus Regional Water Authority’s (SRWA) 15 MGD surface water treatment plant and the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Authority’s (WDCWA) 30 MGD surface water. Ms. Howe is also experienced in the design and performance of bench-scale and pilot-scale water treatment studies assessing high-rate clarification, alternative disinfection/oxidation scenarios, ozone demand, manganese removal and disinfection by-product (DBP) minimization. Ms. Howe has experience in potable reuse is through participation in process design for the Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment Advanced Water Purification Facility and the City of San Diego’s Failsafe Potable Reuse Demonstration Project. Ms. Howe also has regulatory permitting experience for both drinking water treatment facilities and potable reuse advanced treatment facilities. Elaine Howe has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, and a M.S. in Environmental Health Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Phone

858-314-4135

Location

Oakland Office

John Kenny

P.E., BCEE

John Kenny is a treatment process and water quality expert, and a Principal Engineer in Trussell’s Oakland office. His expertise includes potable reuse, recycled water, drinking water, and wastewater treatment. He focuses on operational support, troubleshooting and optimization, and special studies, such as bench-, pilot- and full-scale testing. He is the lead process engineer and regulatory strategist for the Pure Water Monterey project, a 5-mgd groundwater replenishment reuse project utilizing ozonation upstream of membrane filtration. He worked with the California Division of Drinking Water to implement novel tertiary treatment approaches such as granular media filtration rates greater than 5 gpm/sf and free chlorine disinfection at CTs less than 450 mg-min/L, allowing facilities to increase capacity with minimal infrastructure. Mr. Kenny leverages both science and experience to solve emerging water quality issues, and enjoys finding elegant solutions to complex problems. Mr. Kenny has an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas. He is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer and a Professional Engineer in the state of California with over ten years of experience. He’s authored seven peer-reviewed publications and presented over 30 conference presentations.

Phone

510-457-2204

Location

Oakland Office

Emily Owens-Bennett

P.E., BCEE

Emily Owens-Bennett is a Supervising Engineer with more than 13 years of water quality and process treatment project experience with Trussell. Ms. Owens-Bennett specializes in water quality assessment and evaluating treatment options and optimization through analytical testing, for projects spanning a wide range of applications. She has worked with several utilities to develop regulatory and permitting documents, including Title 22 Engineering Reports, reports to support permit amendments, Monitoring and Reporting Plans, and Operation Plans. Recent project experience has included planning-level design efforts for several potable water projects. Ms. Owens-Bennett has a B.A. in Geology and Environmental Studies from Whitman College and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Ms. Owens-Bennett is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California.

Phone

626-463-0389

Location

Pasadena Office

Brett Faulkner

P.E., WW Operator Level 3

Brett Faulkner has a B.S in Civil Engineering from University of Colorado, Boulder, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from San Diego State University. Mr. Faulkner is a registered professional engineer in the state of California with over 12 years of professional experience. Mr. Faulkner operated the City of San Diego’s Pure Water Demonstration Facility (PWDF) as a certified Grade 3 wastewater operator. The PWDF has a production capacity of 1 MGD and includes ozone, biologically activated carbon filtration, membrane filtration, reverse osmosis, and UV advanced oxidation. Mr. Faulkner’s expertise is in water, wastewater, and advanced treatment with an emphasis on process design and optimization. He is skilled in wastewater treatment modeling and has utilized biological modeling to evaluate, optimize, and/or design treatment processes at more than 15 facilities ranging from 3 to 300 MGD. Mr. Faulkner currently provides routine operational support and as-needed engineering services to over 6 wastewater agencies in California resulting in improved effluent water quality and treatment reliability, reductions in operating cost, and the education and empowerment of operations staff. Mr. Faulkner is active in the CWEA and serves on the board of the San Diego chapter.

Phone

858-314-4128

Location

San Diego Office

Luciana Pereyra

Ph.D.

Luciana Pereyra has a B.S. in Food Engineering from National University of Mar del Plata and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. She performed her doctoral research on the biomolecular characterization of the microbial communities responsible for the remediation of mining-influenced water in passive anaerobic treatment systems. An important contribution of her research was the development of a method to quantify genetic biomarkers of key microbial functions involved in the remediation process. Dr. Pereyra also conducted postdoctoral research at Colorado State University and Lund University (Sweden) in the areas of biofuels from microalgae and industrial biotechnology, respectively. Her interests include potable reuse and biological processes in water and wastewater treatment.

Phone

858-314-4396

Location

San Diego Office

Brie Post

P.E.

Brie Post has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Montana State University and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. Her work experience includes post stabilization treatment design including cost estimation, writing Title 22 Engineering Reports and design reports, drafting process design drawings for advanced water treatment systems, data analysis and regression modeling for enhanced treatment plant efficiency and executing tracer studies.

Phone

510-457-2202

Location

Oakland Office

Elise Chen

P.E., AWTO Level 5, WW Operator Level 5

Elise Chen has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California. Since joining Trussell Technologies in 2014, Ms. Chen has worked in the field on numerous demonstration and full-scale Advanced Water Treatment (AWT) facilities in the Southern California area. Ms. Chen leverages her operations experience to shape various aspects of potable reuse projects like AWT operator training, start-up and commissioning support, facility optimization studies, prequalification of membrane technologies, control strategy optimization. In addition, she has been involved in several research projects to advance the water industry’s understanding of potable reuse. Her general interests include water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, and increasing water security for future generations.

Phone

858-314-4131

Location

San Diego Office

Anya Kaufmann

P.E.

Anya Kaufmann is a Senior Engineer and a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California. Ms. Kaufmann specializes in permitting, planning, and design of potable reuse projects in California. She has been instrumental in supporting the regulatory and permitting approach for the first two reservoir water augmentation projects in California: the Pure Water San Diego Program and the East County Advanced Water Purification Project. Recently, Ms. Kaufmann has used her potable reuse permitting experience to advance direct potable reuse (DPR) in California. She participated in one of the key research projects for the State Water Resources Control Board that helped them with ongoing DPR regulatory development. She has also worked with multiple clients to develop DPR project concepts in the absence of DPR regulations. To complement her permitting experience, Ms. Kaufmann has experience with process design for advanced treatment trains. Ms. Kaufmann uses her knowledge of process design and regulatory requirements to develop successful, implementable projects for her clients.

Phone

510-457-2208

Location

Oakland Office

Teresa Venezia

Ms. Teresa Venezia has a B.S and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University La Sapienza and a M.A. in Governance, Auditing and Control Systems from the University of Roma Tre, both in Rome, Italy. She has seven years experience, at the Italian National Research Council (the Italian equivalent of US National Academy of Sciences), at the University of California in Los Angeles, and at Trussell Technologies, Inc. She has extensive experience in pilot testing for water reuse and reclamation applications, particularly testing the effect of ozone pretreatment of secondary effluent on MF fouling, the effect of ozone pretreatment on reverse osmosis (RO) membrane performances, implementation of ozone dose-control strategies, effect of ozone on NDMA formation and on EDCs (endocrine disruptor compounds) reduction. She has evaluated perchlorate removal from groundwater using ion exchange or biological processes.She has designed and tested a laboratory apparatus to perform ozone demand and decay tests, tested a laboratory instrument for the detection of explosive compounds; She has studied the contribution of atmospheric deposition of toxic contaminants to contamination of urban stormwater runoff; she has worked on waste recovery and recycling using the LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) approach and sustainable technologies, and she has worked on a variety of water quality projects as well. Ms. Venezia’s experience includes project planning, project writing, laboratory work and field work.

Phone

626-463-0395

Location

Pasadena Office

Mitchel Bartolo

P.E.

Mitchel Bartolo has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a M.S.E. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. His master’s thesis work investigated the use of enhanced coagulation for the removal of naturally occurring fluoride and organic matter from drinking water sources. Throughout Mr. Bartolo’s professional career, he has contributed to several aspects of potable reuse projects around California including pathogen crediting, Regional Water Quality Control Board and Division of Drinking Water regulatory approval, pilot and demonstration facility testing, and advanced treatment process selection and design. His general interests include water reuse, water and wastewater treatment, and the realization of sustainable water resources in California. Mr. Bartolo is currently a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California and is based out of Trussell’s San Diego office.

Phone

858-314-4389

Location

San Diego Office

Emily Darby

P.E.

Emily Darby, P.E., is a process and water quality engineer with Trussell Inc. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from Pomona College, M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, and M.S. in Chemistry from UC Berkeley. Her experience includes water quality analysis and modeling, alternatives analysis, design, permitting support, procurement, and operational support for drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, potable reuse, and non-potable reuse facilities in California. Additionally, Emily has over five years of hands-on laboratory experience which she brings to projects to develop science-based, practical treatment solutions. Emily co-led a 14-month pathogen monitoring campaign for the State of California to support with the development of direct potable reuse regulations and at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Emily co-led a nationwide interlaboratory study to evaluate methods for measuring SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater. Ms. Darby enjoys working with utilities to address water quality challenges such as removing recalcitrant and emerging contaminants (including perfluoroalkyl substances), minimizing disinfection byproduct (DBP) formation, and preventing mobilization of trace metals.

Phone

510-457-2211

Location

Oakland Office

Aviv Kolakovsky

P.E., AWTO Level 4, WW Operator Grade V

Aviv Kolakovsky has a B.S. in Biotechnology from Mikhmoret School of Marine Sciences, Israel and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from San Diego State University. His work experience at Trussell Tech includes operation and maintenance of various water reuse demonstration facilities and pilots; design, construction and testing of water treatment pilots for several research projects; project engineer on design and review teams of full scale and demonstration facilities for water reuse in California; tracking and interpreting water quality data to evaluate treatment train functionality, carrying out laboratory analyses for water quality parameters, and testing water quality by collecting samples. Aviv also has 8 years of experience with irrigation and water distribution projects in the Israeli agricultural sector.

Phone

858-314-4390

Location

San Diego Office

Rodrigo Tackaert

P.E., AWTO Level 5, WW Operator Level 3

Rodrigo Tackaert is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California, a certified Grade III Wastewater Operator, and certified Grade V Advanced Water Treatment Operator, with six years of experience. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego and a M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Mr. Tackaert has been engaged in the design of multiple potable reuse projects as well as optimization of monitoring strategies, evaluation of treatment train performance, and execution of pilot testing for product pre-qualification. He has vast experience with membrane treatment processes, including MF and RO. Mr. Tackaert incorporates his operational expertise to provide clients with designs that serves the intended function while keeping the operator experience in mind.

Phone

858-314-4137

Location

San Diego Office

Fernanda Baccaro

Fernanda Baccaro has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Sao Paulo State University, Brazil and a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. At Trussell Tech, Ms. Baccaro has most of the time performed field work and laboratory tests. In the field, she mostly worked in advanced treatment pilot-scale facilities and demonstration facilities, including the new potable reuse approach including MBR as part of the advanced treatment, executing from operation and maintenance to data analysis. In the laboratory, she has performed several laboratory analyses for water quality – mostly involving wastewater –, bench- and small-scale simulation of treatment processes, and has helped develop Trussell Tech’s laboratory bioanalytical tools testing procedure as well as perform these tests in several water types. Currently, Ms. Baccaro is working with operation processes optimization for several water reclamation plants, on quality control for laboratory procedures, and other potable reuse related projects.

Phone

626-463-0406

Location

Pasadena Office

Nate La Breche

Nate La Breche holds a B.S. in Environmental and Ecological Engineering from Purdue University and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. While at UC Berkeley, he assisted a Ph.D. student by performing solubility experiments for the phosphate mineral struvite. His previous work experience includes performing water quality sampling for various parameters and assisting in the preparation of an operations and maintenance manual for a conventional wastewater treatment facility. His work with Trussell Technologies so far has included biological modeling with the software GPS-X, data analysis, and assisting in the completion of an application for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

Phone

858-314-4394

Location

San Diego Office

Emily Holland

Emily Holland is a registered Civil Engineer in the State of California and has a B.S in Environmental Engineering and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Her master’s thesis was focused on nitrogen removal in wastewater using a process called bioaugmentation with a proprietary blend of microbial cultures. She operated a pilot-scale batch reactor to assess how well the proprietary blend of microbial cultures removed nitrogen compared to natural bacteria at different stages of the wastewater treatment process at the San Luis Obispo Wastewater Treatment Plant. At Trussell Tech, Ms. Holland assists with operating reverse osmosis and breakpoint chlorination pilot studies, estimating operation and maintenance costs for a full-scale reverse osmosis system, and writing operation plans for potable reuse facilities.

Phone

510-731-4949

Location

Oakland Office

Bryce McFerrin

Bryce McFerrin has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to returning for the master's degree and joining Trussell Technologies, he worked two years as a research and development engineer and six months as an operations team manager with Chemours.  His engineering experience with Chemours includes lab-scale and pilot-scale testing for process changes, operation cost optimization modeling, writing operation procedures for new or altered chemical processes, aiding with design of specialized process analyzers, generating performance dashboards for daily operational key performance indicators, revising statistical process control systems, and leading a regulatory process hazards analysis for a high-hazard process. His operations experience with Chemours includes managing four shifts of chemical plant operators, overseeing daily production needs for a chemical slurry process, leading implementation of new safety initiatives, and aiding with various job quality improvement projects for the operators. With Trussell Tech, Bryce will be assisting with technical report write-ups, data analysis, and operational troubleshooting and optimization.

Phone

510-219-8486

Location

Oakland Office

Jacob Newman

Jacob Newman has a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Davis and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Since joining Trussell Technologies in 2020, Mr. Newman has worked on projects related to drinking water treatment, potable and non-potable reuse, and desalination. His select project experience includes regulatory support for free chlorine alternative virus disinfection credit for recycled water, preparation of Title 22 Engineering Reports and Operations Plans for several recycled water and indirect potable reuse (IPR) projects, pipe loop testing and water quality assessment for a corrosion integration study, rapid small-scale column testing for PFAS removal, and collimated beam testing for validation of UV disinfection systems. Additional experience includes development of a planning study for coastal brackish groundwater treatment, bench-scale testing for virus inactivation with chloramines, and preparation of training materials for drinking water treatment operators.

Phone

626-463-0392

Location

Pasadena Office

Nicholas Babcock

Nicholas Babcock has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Northern Arizona University and a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Mr. Babcock’s previous work includes firsthand experience with conventional and advanced wastewater treatment processes including ozone-biofiltration and reverse osmosis piloting. He currently assists with multiple water reuse projects at Trussell Tech including the Pure Water Demonstration Facility in San Diego.

Phone

858-284-6707

Location

San Diego Office

Kaitlyn Chin

Kaitlyn Chin has a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. While at U of M, she assisted two PhD students on investigating virus fate in water matrices and predictive modeling of virus inactivation by UV disinfection. Her previous research involved exploring methods and analysis of detecting SARS-CoV-2 in daily wastewater samples to predict trends using wastewater-based epidemiology. Her current work at Trussell Technologies involves water quality sampling and data collection, aiding in design projects, and the preparation of technical reports.

Phone

619-961-3439

Location

San Diego Office

Estefania Escobar

Estefania Escobar has a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. As part of her research work, she assisted in the construction and validation of a novel, low-cost IoT water quality sensor for household tap installation. During the large-scale deployment of these sensors in Ann Arbor, MI, she was responsible for monitoring and analyzing the drinking water quality data from the wireless sensor network and performing maintenance on the sensors. At Trussell Technologies, she assists in bench-scale testing for treatment process simulation, performs various laboratory analyses for water quality, and aids in the preparation of technical reports for water treatment and reuse projects.

Phone

626-260-7665

Location

Pasadena Office

Andrew Rudchenko

Andrew Rudchenko has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Prior to joining Trussell, he worked at the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, providing regulatory oversight on soil and groundwater remediation projects. At Trussell, Mr. Rudchenko supports full-scale and pilot-scale testing in the field, conducts laboratory analyses for water quality parameters, analyzes and interprets water quality data, and assists with the preparation of technical reports. His recent project experience includes executing functional testing of ozone dose control strategies and providing operational support for a 10 MGD ozone pilot plant at a wastewater reclamation facility and assisting with the construction and operation of a granular media filtration pilot plant to evaluate filtration rates up to 8 gpm/sf at a drinking water treatment facility. He has also conducted routine bench-scale tests evaluating the long-term formation and impact of chemical addition order on the formation of disinfection by-products including trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids.

Phone

626-463-0386

Location

Pasadena Office

Alicia Qiu

Alicia Qiu has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her master’s thesis was focused on resolving a challenge that the Las Vegas Valley Water District and many municipalities have been facing. She investigated different ventilation parameters to optimize spray aeration systems for the removal of regulated DBPs. Ms. Qiu has 4 years of engineering consulting experience. Prior to joining Trussell Technologies, she worked on water blending studies, design of conveyance systems and treatment plants, and master planning projects for water and wastewater municipalities in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Since joining Trussell Tech, she will be focusing on drinking water treatment, advanced treatment processes for potable reuse, and preparation of bench- and pilot-scale testing.

Phone

626-622-0299

Location

Pasadena Office

David Aponte

David Aponte has B.S. in Environmental Engineering from San Diego State University. During his time at SDSU, he was part of the Water Innovation and Reuse Lab. He assisted in the research of EOC degradation rates in sludge from two lab scale parallel anaerobic and aerobic bioreactors, as well as helped to operate, monitor, and maintain the bioreactors. His current work at Trussell involves water quality analysis, process optimization, data analyses, and aid for technical reports and operation plans.

Phone

858-833-5166

Location

San Diego Office

Tim Dinh

Tim Dinh has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His master’s thesis investigated the impact of nanoparticle incorporation on reverse osmosis membrane structure and performance. Mr. Dinh’s prior work experience includes three years assisting with wastewater discharge permitting at the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board and a summer internship working in wastewater quality and control at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. His current work at Trussell involves performing water quality sampling and analysis at the Pure Water Demonstration Facility in San Diego in addition to preparing technical reports and experimental designs for various water reuse projects.

Phone

408-824-8476

Location

San Diego Office