Dr. Laszlo Horvath

Associate Professor


Dr. Horvath received a M.S. in Timber Engineering and a M.S. in Engineering Management in 2007 from the University of West Hungary. His research focused on both engineering and the business aspects of wood manufacturing and wooden building design.

In 2010, he received a Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from NC State University. His Ph.D. research focused on the effect of chemical content and composition on micromechanical properties of genetically engineered wood, finite element modeling, and the use of vibrational spectroscopy.

Dr. Horvath is one of the few packaging professionals who received the ISTA CPLP – Professional Level certification. He is the chair of the ASTM D1185 working group, U.S. delegate of TC 51, voting member of ANSI MH1 and MH 10 committees.


  • SBIO 3006 Sustainable Packaging Design and Innovation I-II
  • SBIO 3224 Packaging Distribution Systems
  • SBIO 4024 Packaging Design for Global Distribution
  • SBIO 4224 Pallet, Container, and Unit Load Design


His research areas include the following four areas:

Unit load Interactions: Investigation of interactions between packaging, pallets, unit loads, and the packaging and material handling systems;

Packaging Sustainability: Development of life cycle inventories and life cycle analysis of pallet production and repair;

Smart and Connected Packaging: Evaluating the feasibility of of the applicability of smart and connected packaging for the distribution packaging and warehousing

Market Studies: Survey of the current status of the wooden pallet and plastic packaging sector.

For more information regarding the Distribution Packaging and Unit Load testing services available through Dr. Horvath’s laboratory with the Center, Click Here!