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). She is responsible for the preparation, coordination and implementation of bilateral and multilateral agreements with other international bodies, and provides liaison between NIST laboratories and their counterparts in governmental and nongovernmental organizations in China, Japan, Spain, Israel, Brazil, and several other countries in South America. She most recently spent a year in the White House Office of Science and Technology Office (OSTP) to develop and oversee policies relevant to international affairs and S&T policy issues related to National Security in support of OSTP mission
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 Re- search 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 started her government career at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a biologist, where she was part of the team on clinical research in alcohol abuse and panic disorder.
Ms. Navarro received two Masters of Science in Engineering Management and Information Technology System from George Washington University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Maryland. 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. She has served in the International Committee Board of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society