Marc Manzano is a Software Engineer in the Weapons Control Software Branch of the Weapons Control and Integration Department of the Dahlgren Division of the NSWC. Manzano splits his time as the Head of Battle Management System (BMS) Software Engineering for Coastal Combatant Vessels (LCS) and Group Leader within BMS.
Manzano graduated from Mary Washington College – now called the University of Mary Washington – in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
When he joined NSWC Dahlgren in 2009, Manzano was eager to actively participate in projects that would ultimately end up in the hands of the fighter. A project-minded person, Manzano particularly appreciates the opportunity to see something from concept to final product.
“When I first came to Dahlgren and worked in the BMS software team, we developed some code and installed it at Eglin Air Base,” he said. . “We installed the code on an airplane and got to see it in action. It was exciting to see that the fighter was able to use what I had created.
The satisfaction that Manzano derives from development goes beyond the scope of its software projects. As a group leader for BMS, Manzano trains less experienced developers and helps them understand best practices, tackle complex systems and grow professionally.
“First of all, I see myself as the person who creates the tools to enable us to win the confrontations our fighter goes through,” said Manzano. “But I also see myself as someone who continually learns and disseminates this knowledge to others to help our organization grow, become more effective and become more efficient.”