Manuel is the Chief Architect/CTO for Seagate Federal, Inc., a FOCI-mitigated wholly owned subsidiary of Seagate Technology. He joined Seagate in 2001 and in 2005 moved into a newly created Security Engineering team, where Manuel worked on the first Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) that launched in 2007. In his role as security architect he participated in several international standard organizations where he worked on storage security and co-authored multiple specifications. From 2015 until 2017 Manuel held the position of Engineering Director in the ClusterStor group where he launched Seagate’s first MLS scale-out storage appliance for HPC. He joined Seagate Research in 2017 and started the Data Security group, focusing on security transparency. Since 2020 he has been a member of the OpenTitan consortium’s Steering Committee, and from 2021 until late 2022 he was the vice-chair of the RISC-V Security committee and Seagate’s representative on the RISC-V Technical Steering Committee. In October 2022 he transitioned into his current position within Seagate Federal. Manuel is a named inventor on more than 10 patents and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.