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Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Sustainability Management - Harvard University, Division of Continuing Education (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 the U.S. Department of Defense (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. where he 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 Business Management with a minor in Economics from California State University, Los Angeles (2009) and while pursuing a Mater of Business Administration (MBA) at University of La Verne, Manuel worked for the U.S. Department of Labor - Wage & Hour Division where he provided professional office management support to investigators in the exploitation of labor cases. Manuel assisted investigators in enforcing federal labor laws, establishing fair labor practices in organizations, and helping victims of unfair labor practices file their claims.
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, Office Investigations – Narcotics Task Force, where Manuel provided intelligence & investigative support to Criminal Investigators (Special Agents) in the narcotics task force between ICE, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and Los Angeles Police Department (LADP). In addition, Manuel participated in ICE solely led cases such as financial and money laundering, counterfeit and contraband goods, human trafficking and smuggling, immigration benefit fraud, and child exploitation.
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 Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program (an ACAT II Acquisition Program) where he led, planned, coordinated, executed, and oversee the life-cycle product support activities, then in 2017, he transitioned as a Project Manger for Rotating Radars (an ACAT III Acquisition Program). 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 (DAU, 1017).
Further, Manuel obtained a Master of Liberal Arts in Sustainability Management from Harvard University (2018), and while in graduate school at Harvard, Manuel was hired by Harvard University as research assistant to a Harvard Professor and Research Fellow in the Circular Economy (CE) Center of the University of Cambridge's Judge Business School, the distinctive Dr. Mark Esposito. Manuel assisted Dr. Esposito in his research project "CE in the Defense Sector". Manuel independent research at Harvard focused in “The application of the CE to the Acquisitions of an Aircraft Carrier for the U.S. Navy: Design Defense Products for Recovery and Resource Efficiency”.
Subsequently, in 2018 Manuel was hired by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) as a “Research & Development Program Manager” where Manuel manages programs with respect to the seek for research to identify innovated logistics solutions for the DOD. DLA is the nation’s combat logistics support agency, DLA manages the global supply chain-from raw materials to end user disposition -for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, 10 combatant commands, other federal agencies, and partner and allied nations (DLA, 2017).
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.