The Research Team

Henry Quesada


Dr. Quesada sitting on the roots of a Dipteryx panamensis (Almendro) tree in Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua.

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist at Virginia Tech. Department of Sustainable Biomaterials.

Academic background:

  • B.S. Costa Rica Tech, 1997
  • M.S. Purdue University, 2001
  • Ph.D. Purdue University, 2004


  • Associate Professor, Virginia Tech (2014-to date)
  • Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech (2008-2014)
  • Associate Professor, Costa Rica Institute of  Technology (2006-2008)
  • Assistant Professor, Costa Rica Institute of  Technology (2005-2006)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University (2000-2004)
  • Instructor, Costa Rica Institute of  Technology (1998-2000)
  • Plant Manager, La Nacion-Commercial Printing Unit (1997-1998)
  • Inventory Manager, La Nacion-Commercial Printing Unit (1996-1997)

Research interests:

  • Business Process Management
  • Marketing
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Lean Supply Chain Management
  • Automation of Manufacturing Systems
  • Innovation Management

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Sailesh Adhikari

Academic background

  • B.E. Industrial Engineering. Institute of Engineering, TEC, Nepal, 2010.
  • M.S. Eastern Illinois University, 2016
  • Current Graduate Student. Virginia Tech


  • Graduate Research Assistant – Virginia Tec; Jan 2017- to date
  • Graduate Research Assistant – Eastern Illinois University; Aug 2014- May 2016
  • Waste Water Treatment Plant, Charleston, IL – Project Analyst Intern; May 2015- Aug 2015
  • Assistant Lecturer- Thapathali Engineering College, Nepal
  • Quality Assurance Officer; Nepal Cylinder Pvt. Ltd, KTM, Nepal; Sep 2011- Jul 2012
  • Industrial Engineer; Intern; Laxmi Steel Pvt. Ltd-Butwal; Aug 2010-Nov 2010

Research Interest

  • Wood science and engineering
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Renewable energy
  • Biomass and biomass gasification
  • Lean, Six Sigma, SPC and Continuous Improvements
  • Supply chain management


Paula Daniela Fallas Valverde 

Academic background

  • M.S Candidate, Forest Products, since 2017
  • B.S. Costa Rica Institute of Technology, 2017


  • Internship. Virginia Polytechnic and State University 2016
  • Internship. Bioland S.A. 2014

Research Interests

  • Lean Thinking
  • Supply Chain Management

Former MS and PhD students (with Quesada as Committee Chair)

  • Li Liang, PhD. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Gaurav Kakkar, MS. Blacksburg, VA
  • Jeremy Withers, MS. Professional Development Candidate Manufacturing Leadership Trainee. Weyerhaeuser. Buckhannon, WV.
  • Sevtap Erdogan, MS. Research Associate. Kastamonu University, Turkey
  • Edgar Arias, PhD. Marketing Data Analyst. Department of Forestry in South Carolina, USA
  • Melissa Brenes-Bastos. MS. Marketing Excecutive at Experian. San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Shawn Crawford, MF. Continuous Improvement Coordinator. American Woodmark. Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
  • Johanna Madrigal, PhD. Assistant Professor at School of Industrial Production Engineering. Cartago, Costa Rica.
  • Scarlett Sanchez, MS. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
  • Scott Lyon, MS. District Fores Products Specialist, Southeast area. Department of Natural Resources. Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA.
  • Wang Chao, MS. Continuous Improvement Engineer. Coopeland Furniture. Bradford, Vermont, USA.