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Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Sustainability Management - Harvard University, Extension School (2018), Cambridge, MA

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH CAPSTONE - "The Application of the Circular Economy to the Acquisition of an Aircraft Carrier for the U.S. Navy: Design Defense Products for Recovery and Resource Efficiency"

This research study focus on the application of the concept of the CE to the acquisition of an aircraft carrier for the U.S. Navy because there is the need to find out how DOD can incur cost savings by optimizing resource efficiency, eliminate waste, recycle and recover material through-out the acquisition framework when acquiring defense products (military systems), in order to keep acquisition programs under budget, on schedule, and on scope, so the DOD won’t over spend taxpayer’s money when acquiring defense products.

Master of Business Administration (MBA): Leadership and Management - University of La Verne (2010), LA Verne, CA

Air Force ROTC Det 040: Loyola Marymount University (2009), Los Angeles, CA

B.S. in Management with a minor in Economics - California State University, Los Angeles (2009), Los Angeles, CA


Manuel is from Los Angeles, CA. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for 6 years as an Aircraft Engine Mechanic, he worked on helicopters MH-60 Sierra, and Airborne Early Warning Turboprop Aircrafts E-2 Hawkeye, with two deployments onboard the aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN76) in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (Post 9/11 War). While in the Navy Manuel spent his spare time as a personal trainer for back then “Bally Total Fitness” gym, now known as “L.A. Fitness” where Manuel developed physical fitness strategies to help clients stay healthy.

After completing his 6-year tour in the Navy (2006), Manuel attended California State University, Los Angeles, and while in undergraduate studies he participated for one year in the Air Force ROTC program taking leadership and aviation science courses. He also was part of the work-study program at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he performed office assistant duties for a Veteran Counseling Center in Commerce, CA., and he also assisted local veterans with their VA claims. Manuel believed that helping veterans adjusting back to civilian life was part of his social responsibility.

Right after graduating with his B.S. in Management with a minor in Economics from California State University, Los Angeles (2009) and while pursuing a MBA at University of La Verne Manuel worked for the U.S. Department of Labor - Wage & Hour Law Compliance Office where he provided professional office management support to investigators in exploitation of labor investigation cases. Manuel assisted investigators in enforcing federal labor laws, establishing fair labor practices in organizations, and helping victims of exploitation of labor.

After graduating with his MBA from University of La Verne (2010), Manuel was hired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office Investigations - Narcotics Enforcement Team, where Manuel provided intelligence & investigative support to Criminal Investigators (Special Agents) in various narcotics joint criminal investigations cases between ICE and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in addition, Manuel participated in ICE solely led cases in collaboration with state and local law enforcement agencies, cases in financial and money laundering, counterfeit and contraband goods, human trafficking and smuggling, immigration benefit fraud, child exploitation, etc.

In summer of 2011, Manuel was hired the U.S. Department of Defense -Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Headquartered in Washington, DC. At NAVSEA, Manuel completed the 2-year intern/developmental program performing rotational assignments through different acquisition programs including at the Special Warfare SEAL Delivery Vehicle Program, and at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon. After completion of the intern program Manuel was assigned as a Product Support Manager for the SEWIP ACAT II Acquisition Program where he led, planned, coordinated, executed, and oversee the life-cycle product support activities, then, he transitioned as a Project Manger for Rotating Radars Acquisition Programs. The Defense Acquisition University states that military acquisition is a complex blend of science, management, and engineering disciplines within the context of the nation’s law and regulations to produce military capability and technology.

Further, while in graduate school at Harvard, Manuel served as research assistant to Harvard Professor and appointed Research Fellow in the Circular Economy Center at the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School, the distinctive Dr. Mark Esposito in the research project "Circular Economy in the Defense Sector".

Manuel enjoys working out, water sports, and ski. He has a passion for Mid-Century Modern Architecture and Design. He is also a member of the Harvard Club of Washington-DC, Harvard Extension Environmental Club, Harvard Alumni Veteran Organization Washington, DC, and he serves in the board of the Harvard Extension Student Veteran Club.