Dr. Susana Navarro-Valenti, President and CEO of Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc., a premier woman-owned small business contractor to the United States government, recently named Stephen E. Browning, P.E. as Program Manager for the company’s Nevada Environmental Program Services (EPS) contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM). Browning possesses more than 30 years of experience in high-level federal project management, including previous service with Navarro as Program Manager for the company’s DOE Office of Legacy Management (LM) Support contract from 2018 to 2021. Browning succeeds Dave Taylor as Nevada EPS contract lead. Taylor is retiring in the first quarter of calendar year 2022 to help provide care for his aging parents.

“We are pleased that Stephen Browning is rejoining Navarro as Program Manager for the Nevada Environmental Program Services contract,” said Navarro-Valenti. “Stephen is taking the helm at an important time for our work in Nevada. With key demolition and closure projects upcoming at the Nevada National Security Site, Stephen’s extensive industry experience will be an asset we continue to provide exceptional service to the DOE Office of Environmental Management.”

In addition to his time leading the DOE LM Support Contract, Browning has extensive program management experience with a variety of federal, international, commercial, and municipal clients. From 1990 to 2006, Browning served in multiple key positions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During this time, Browning managed some of the world’s largest and most challenging engineering and construction projects, including disaster management in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the reconstruction and restoration of Iraqi public infrastructure during the War in Iraq. For his achievements, Browning has been recognized as a recipient of the Service to America Award for National Security and International Relations and the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award.

“I am grateful to have this opportunity to bring my leadership and management experience to help lead Navarro’s work for the DOE Office of Environmental Management Nevada Program,” said Browning. “I am passionate about successfully leading, motivating, and collaborating with people, and I look forward to working with the talented professionals who support and execute DOE’s various cleanup missions in Nevada.”

Dave Taylor led Navarro’s EPS contract in Nevada since 2005. Under Taylor’s leadership, Navarro safely, securely, and successfully completed complex environmental corrective actions at hundreds of contaminated sites impacted by historical nuclear testing activities on the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) and other locations. In 2021, Navarro reached 3.5 million hours worked on the Nevada EPS contract without a lost workday incident. The achievement spans more than 16 years, multiple contracts, and multiple contract teaming partners, all occurring under Taylor’s management.

“We thank Dave for his contributions to Navarro’s accomplishments in Nevada, which include helping to support accelerated closures in the surface soils, industrial sites, and groundwater environmental corrective action projects,” said Navarro-Valenti. “We wish him the best.”

Navarro’s EPS contract with the DOE EM Nevada Program was awarded in 2020 and carries a ten-year term concluding in 2030. Services provided by Navarro under the contract include, but are not limited to, Demolition and Closure, Groundwater Characterization, Post Closure Monitoring, Radioactive Waste Acceptance Program Management, and Program Management Support.

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