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Nicolas Navarro

Lab Manager

Nicolas Navarro

Brooks Center (MC 0503)
1650 Research Center Dr.
Blacksburg., VA 24061


Nico grew up in a small town in Costa Rica surrounded by coffee farms. He completed his bachelors of science degree in Industrial Engineering at the Costa Rica Institute of Technology. In his free time, Nico likes to hike, watch movies and hang out with his friends. He also enjoys reading fiction, as well as philosophical and political books.

Nico completed a short internship at Virginia Tech during his undergraduate education, and when it came time to do his graduate degree, he decided to come back to the campus he’d enjoyed. In Nico's research, he looked at how technology could be used to remotely collect data about packages and unit loads during distribution and what the implications were of such technology on the interactions between different types of stakeholders in supply chains. Knowing how technology can be implemented to improve the knowledge that companies have about the condition of their products during distribution provides many cost savings opportunities relating to less damage, more visibility, and greater efficiency.

Nico has since joined us as our Lab Manager. His experience during his graduate work in the lab is very valuable to CPULD - especially as he's already learned how to work with our team to achieve the goals of our organization. Working on real-world industrial projects in the lab helped him gain the understanding of the business needs of corporations who come to us. Working to make sure the daily lab activities create value for our clients and figuring out how to collaborate with others to accomplish all tasks are lessons that Nico feels will be very valuable in helping him succeed in his CPULD career!

Contact Nico with questions about:

  • Ongoing projects in the pallet lab
  • Scheduling already-approved tests
  • Anything regarding previously-conducted projects