Santiago Navarro

Senior Advisor, Technology Transfer Program Manager


Santiago Navarro is a Senior Advisor in the U.S. DOT’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R). As the U.S. DOT’s representative for technology transfer (T2), he works closely with R&D leadership to increase T2 awareness and improve operations through the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative performance measures. The measures include success stories that highlight the public value derived from research to help quantify the return on investment. He also chairs a Department-wide working group for T2, performance measures, and evaluations. Before joining OST-R, Santiago worked as a rulemaking engineer for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where he maintained Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and managed research for tire safety. Some of his medium-duty truck tire research led to decisions that avoided regulatory actions.

Santiago managed a research center where he oversaw automotive tire testing; maintained quality control documentation; acquired, processed, and analyzed data to measure performance; and liaised with clients such as General Motors, Michelin, Bridgestone Firestone. He later ventured into the entrepreneur world where he founded a Math Tutoring Center offering services to the local community, and a company where he formed a team to redesign new test equipment to measure tire performance for Laredo Proving Grounds and General Motors.

Santiago enjoys working in T2 because it provides an experience of continuous learning, involves working with internal colleagues from all transportation research areas and external colleagues from the Inter-Agency Working Group for T2, Lab to Market, and Federal Laboratory Consortium. He also enjoys coaching various sports and introducing students to STEM concepts during events, but most of all he enjoys spending time with his wife, Ann, raising their 3 boys.