Mr. Melendez is the Program Office Director of the Office of Legacy Management (LM) and provides the leadership for DOE to continue to fulfill the Department’s post-closure responsibilities and ensure the future protection of human health and the environment. LM, established in 2003, is responsible for activities at sites where DOE’s mission has ended and active environmental cleanup has been completed, including long-term surveillance and maintenance, records management, benefits continuity, property management, land-use planning, and community assistance and engagement. Since inception, LM’s responsibilities have grown steadily from 33 sites to more than 100 sites and expects over 120 sites by 2030.
He was the Director of the Office of Asset Management within the Office of Management, Head of Contracting Activity for Real Estate, and DOE’s Senior Real Property Officer. Over the years, he served in the Office of Engineering and Construction Management, the Office of Environmental Management, and the Office of Acquisition and Project Management. During his career, he has led the delivery of products/services covering: budgeting, real estate, planning, engineering, maintenance, construction, housing, community plans and liaison, natural/cultural resources, environmental planning/restoration, and contracting. He has been a career member of the Senior Executive Service, Vice Chairman of the National Academies’ Federal Facilities Council, and member of the Office of Management and Budget’s Federal Real Property Advisory Council. He has served in the Departments of Defense, Energy, and State and as a Commander in the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps.
He holds the following degrees: BS in Mechanical Engineering from UPR, MBA in Financial Management from SNHU, MEng in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UF, EngD in Engineering Management from GWU. He completed his Executive Education at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. His qualifications include: Registered Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Facilities Manager (CFM), Sustainability Facilities Professional (SFP), Certified Leadership in Environmental and Engineering Design Green Associate (LEED GA), member of DoD’s Acquisition Professional Community, Level III DAWIA Certified in Facilities Engineering and Contracting, and held Unlimited Level III Contracting Officer Warrants for Design, Construction, Environmental Management, Real Estate, and Facilities Engineering. He led teams recognized with: San Diego Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work”, Department of the Navy’s Meritorious Unit Commendation, ACHP Chairman’s Award in Historic Preservation, SECNAV’s Energy and Water Management Award and Secretary of Energy’s Honors Award. His recognitions include: National Society of Professional Engineer’s Top Ten Federal Engineer of the Year, Department of the Navy’s Facilities Engineering Military Engineer of the Year, Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award, Department of Energy’s Distinguished and Superior Service Awards, Department of State’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Medals, Department of the Navy’s Superior and Meritorious Civilian Service Medals, and several Navy/Marine Corps military decorations.