Current 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

For a more detailed resume of Dr. Henry Quesada please visit



Sailesh Adhikari. Post-doctoral Researcher

Academic background

B.E. Industrial Engineering. Institute of Engineering, TEC, Nepal, 2010.

M.S. Eastern Illinois University, 2016

PhD. Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech. 2020


  • Post-doctoral researcher – Virginia Tech. Jan 2020 to date.
  • Graduate Research Assistant – Virginia Tec. 2017- 2020
  • 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

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

  1. Sailesh Adhikari. 2020 PhD. Post-doctoral researcher. Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA
  2. Juan González. 2020 MS. Chaired with B. Bond. Continuous Improvement Engineer. Hewlett Packard.  San José, Costa Rica
  3. Paula Fallas, 2019 MS. Assistant Optimization Manager. APM Terminals North America. Los Angeles, CA.
  4. Li Liang, 2017 PhD. Procurement Officer. Super Micro Computer, Inc. San Jose, CA
  5. Gaurav Kakkar, 2017 MS. Blacksburg, VA. Sales Executive. Richmond International Forest Products. Richmond, VA.
  6. Jeremy Withers, 2016 MS. Doctoral Candidate. School of Construction. Virginia Tech.
  7. Sevtap Erdogan, 2015 MS. Chaired with B. Bond. Research Associate. Kastamonu University, Turkey
  8. Edgar Arias, 2014 PhD. Marketing Data Analyst. Department of Forestry in South Carolina, USA
  9. Melissa Brenes-Bastos, 2014 MS. Marketing Executive at Experian. San Jose, Costa Rica.
  10. Shawn Crawford,  2012 MF. Entrepreneur. Rainwater Management Solutions. Salem, VA
  11. Johanna Madrigal, 2012 PhD. Assistant Professor at School of Industrial Production Engineering. Costa Rica Tech. Cartago, Costa Rica.
  12. Scarlett Sanchez,  2011 MS. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
  13. Scott Lyon, 2011 MS. District Fores Products Specialist, Southeast area. Department of Natural Resources. Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA.
  14. Wang Chao, 2011 MS. Continuous Improvement Engineer. Coopeland Furniture. Bradford, Vermont, USA.