Dr. Suarez started his career in San Diego in 1987, where he joined the Department of the Navy's Personnel Research and Development Center. He served as a Personnel Research Psychologist, conducting manpower research to enhance mission capabilities of both the Department of the Navy (DON) and the Department of Defense (DOD). He was selected to join the Scientists at Sea program where he engaged in applied research to streamline onboard operations.
The Department of Navy promoted him to Washington, D.C., in 1991 to become a technical advisor, researcher, and consultant in the newly formed Total Quality Leadership Office, Office of the Under Secretary of the Navy. The goal of the organization was to implement total quality business practices throughout the department, and to develop educational tools for both DON and DOD. He also served as consultant to the Atlantic Fleet on implementing quality management at sea.
Dr. Suarez served as technical advisor to the Director; assisted with implementation of Total Quality Leadership principles throughout the Department of the Navy (DON), involving both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps fleet and shore establishments.
His publications received Department of Defense-wide distribution and were selected by the Chief of Naval Education and Training in Pensacola, Florida and the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey, California for their programs.
Dr. Suarez received the Department of the Navy Fleet Support Service Award, the Navy Personnel Research and Development Center Superior Performance Award for his contributions to enhancing operational readiness and advancing the body of knowledge in the field of quality systems management.