He attended Starfleet Academy and graduated in 2365, along with classmate Sonya Gomez. Both he and Gomez were assigned to the engineering section aboard the USS Enterprise-D, and were both part of a small social group aboard known as the "corner office".
In 2366, he was promoted from Ensign to Lieutenant, junior grade. Russell was a casualty late that year, along with seven others, when the Borg cut a section out of the Enterprise hull. (SCE eBook: Many Splendors)
- Russell was portrayed by actor Carl David Burks, who first appeared in TNG episode: "Allegiance", and was given his last name in "Tin Man". Russell also appeared on screen numerous times after the events of "The Best of Both Worlds", although he wasn't named in any of these appearances. Russell's first name was established in Many Splendors.