Ms. Magdalena Navarro currently serves as Senior International Program Manager in the International and Academic Affairs Office (IAAO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In that role, she is responsible for the preparation, coordination and implementation of bilateral and multilateral cooperation agreements with national metrology institutes (NMIs) or other international bodies, and provides liaison between NIST laboratories and their counterparts in governmental and non-governmental organizations in China, Japan, Spain, Israel, Brazil, and several other countries in South America. Since 1999, she has managed the U.S. technical review process of the U.S.-Israel Bi-National Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation and the U.S.-Israel-Jordan Industrial Development (TRIDE) Program.
From 1992 to 1999, she was a physical scientist working in the Optical Technology Division of the NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory (formerly Physics Laboratory) conducting research in the areas of photometry and radiometry.
Ms. Navarro joined NIST as a biologist in the Fire Measurement and Research Division of the NIST Engineering Laboratory (formerly Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL). She did experimental work in the area of toxic potency of combustion products to further develop the N-Gas Model, an approach for predicting the toxicity of complex combustion mixtures.
Ms. Navarro worked from 1987 to 1990 as a biologist in the Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she was part of the team on clinical research in alcohol abuse and panic disorder.
Ms. Navarro received two M.S. in Engineering Management and Information Technology System from George Washington University in 2000. She earned her B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Maryland in 1987. She has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications. In 2011, she received the NIST Bronze Medal and was inducted as a distinguished scientist to the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.