Laszlo Horvath

Director of CPULD, Associate Professor

Associate Professor; Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design; Ph.D. (North Carolina State)

 

Before moving to Virginia Tech, Dr. Horvath received a Master of Science in Wood Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management in 2007 from the University of West Hungary. During his education, his research focused on engineering and business aspects of wood manufacturing and wood structural design. In 2010, Dr. Horvath received a Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from North Carolina State University. His Ph.D. research focused on the effect of chemical content and composition on micromechanical properties of genetically engineered wood, micromechanical finite element modeling of lignocellulosic cell wall, and the use of vibrational spectroscopy in plant research. Currently, he is focusing on the development of a new packaging curriculum at the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech. His main research areas include the investigation of interactions between pallet, packaging and material handling systems, life cycle analysis of pallet production and repair. 

 Areas of Expertise

  • Interactions between package, pallet, and material handling systems
  • Computer modeling of the mechanical performance
  • Pallet and Container Design
  • Life Cycle analysis
  • Packaging Dynamics
  • Packaging Distribution Systems
  • Biobased Composites
  • Structural Design

Education

  • B.S. - Wood Technology - University of West Hungary, 2005
  • M.S. - Wood Engineering - University of West Hungary, 2007
  • Ph.D. - Forest Biomaterials - North Carolina State University, 2010

   

Computer-Aided Design in Packaging
SBIO 2004 Winter 2017
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 9

Computer-Aided Design in Packaging
SBIO 2004 Spring 2017
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 30

Pallet, Container, and Unit Load Design
SBIO 4224 Spring 2017
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 29

Sustainable Packaging Design and Inovation II
SBIO 2984 Spring 2017
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 3

Packaging Design for Global Distribution
SBIO 4024 Fall 2017
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 31

Packaging Distribution Systems
SBIO 3224 Fall 2017
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 39

Sustainable Packaging Design and Innovation
SBIO 2984 Fall 2017
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 5

Computer-Aided Design in Packaging
SBIO 2004 Winter 2016
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 7

SS Adv. Computer-Aided Design 
SBIO 2984 Winter 2016
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 10

Computer-Aided Design in Packaging
SBIO 2004 Spring 2016
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 30

Pallet, Container, and Unit Load Design
SBIO 4224 Spring 2016
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 19

Sustainable Packaging Design and Inovation
SBIO 2984 Spring 2016
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 4

Packaging Design for Global Distribution
SBIO 4024 Fall 2016
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 29

Packaging Distribution Systems
SBIO 3224 Fall 2016
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 30

Sustainable Packaging Design and Inovation
SBIO 2984 Fall 2016
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 4

Computer-Aided Design in Packaging
SBIO 2004 Spring 2015
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 29

Pallet, Container, and Unit Load Design
SBIO 4224 Spring 2015
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 18

Sustainable Packaging Design and Inovation
SBIO 2984 Spring 2015
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 4

Packaging Design for Global Distribution
SBIO 4224 Fall 2015
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 22

Packaging Distribution Systems
SBIO 3224 Fall 2015
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 29

Sustainable Packaging Design and Inovation
SBIO 2984 Fall 2015
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 4

Computer-Aided Design in Packaging
SBIO 2004 Spring 2014
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 29

Pallet, Container, and Unit Load Design
SBIO 4224 Spring 2014
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 14

Sustainable Packaging Design and Inovation
NR 2984 Spring 2014
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 5

Packaging Design for Global Distribution
SBIO 4224 Fall 2014
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 11

Packaging Distribution Systems
SBIO 3224 Fall 2013
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 17

Sustainable Packaging Design and Inovation
NR 2984 Fall 2013
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 5

Computer-Aided Design in Packaging
NR 2984 Spring 2013
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 24

Packaging Design for Global Distribution
SBIO 4024 Fall 2012
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 5

Packaging Distribution Systems
SBIO 3224 Fall 2012
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 14

Computer-Aided Design in Packaging
NR 2984 Fall 2012
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 12

Computer-Aided Design in Packaging
NR 2984 Spring 2012
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 11

Packaging and Material Handling
WOOD 3224 Fall 2011
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 8

Computer-Aided Design for Packaging
NR 4974 Spring 2011
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 1

Packaging Dynamics for Distribution
WOOD 4024 Fall 2011
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 9

Graduate Seminar
5004 Spring 2011
Instructor: Laszlo Horvath
Number of Students: 4

 

Samantha Phanthanousy, 2017.  M.S.

Eduardo Molina, 2017.  M.S. 

Matthew Baker.  2016.  Ph.D.

Jonghun Park.  2015.  Ph.D.  Wood Science.  Investigation of Fundamental Relationships to Improve the Sustainability of Unit Loads.

Matthew Baker.  2013.  M.S.  Wood Science.  Investigation of the Interaction between the stiffness of pallet deck boards and the strength of corrugated boxes.

 

 

  • Horvath, L., Y. T. Kim, B. Min. 2014. “Ch 05. Testing of mechanical properties for plastic packaging materials, Food Packaging Materials: Testing & Quality Assurance”, edited by Preeti Singh, Ali Abas Wani, and H.C. Langowski, CRC, in press
  • Horvath, L. . 2010. Modeling the Mechanical Behavior of transgenic aspen with altered lignin content and composition. Ph.D. Dissertation at North Carolina State University.
  • Horvath, L. . 2007. Structural design of a skating rink using glued laminated timber. M.S. Thesis (Wood Engineering) at University of West Hungary.
  • Horvath, L. . 2007. Improving public relationship within the Hungarian wood industry. M.S. Thesis (Engineering Management) at University of West Hungary.
  • Horvath, L. . 2005. Complex analysis of some important wood species of Hungary with regard to modern utilization: The examination of the color characteristics of the most important wood species using color measurements. Research Proceedings.
  • Horvath, L. . 2005. Analysis of light resistance of Black locust and Aspen species bleached with different chemicals. Research Proceedings.
  • Horvath, L. . 2004. Complex analysis of some important wood species of Hungary with regard to modern utilization: The examination of the color characteristics of the most important wood species using color measurements. Research Competition Paper.

Support for the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
Investigator(s): Horvath, L
Sponsor: Members of CPULD
Amount: $257,000
January 1, 2012 - January 1, 2013

Support for the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
Investigator(s): Horvath, L
Sponsor: Members of CPULD
Amount: $210,000
September 1, 2011 - September 1, 2012

Distribution of Syringyl and Guaiacyl type of lignin within the cell wall of transgenic aspen using Raman imaging microscopy
Investigator(s): Horvath, L
Sponsor: COST FP0802
Amount: 1650 Euro
December 3, 2009 - December 18, 2009

  • Park, J., Horvath, L. Bush, R.J. 2016 Process methods and levels of automation of wood pallet repair in the United States. Bioresources 11(3), 6822-6835 – Impact Factor 1.425
  • Baker, M., Horvath, L., White, M.S. 2016 Predicting the effect of gaps between pallet deckboards on the compression strength of corrugated boxes. Journal of Applied Packaging Research 8(3) 30-42 DOI: 10.14448/japr.08.0017 – Impact Factor 0.105
  • Baker M., Horvath, L. 2016 Effect of pallet deckboard stiffness on corrugated box compression strength. Journal of Packaging Science and Technology, (29):4-5, 263-274 - Impact Factor: 1.706
  • Horvath, L., P. Peralta, I. Peszlen, L. Csoka, B. Horvath, and J. Jakes. 2012. Modeling hygroelastic properties of genetically modified aspen. Wood and Fiber Science 44(1):1-14.
  • Horvath, L., I. Peszlen, N. Gierlinger, P. Peralta, S. Kelley, L. Csoka. 2012. Distribution of wood polymers within the cell wall of transgenic aspen imaged by Raman microscopy. Holzforschung 66(4):.
  • Horvath, L., I. Peszlen, P. Peralta, S. Kelley. 2011. Use of Transmittance Near Infrared Spectroscopy to Predict the Mechanical Properties of One- and Two-Year-Old Transgenic Aspen. Wood Science and Technology 45(2):303-314.
  • Li, Q., D. Min, J. Wang, I. Peszlen, L. Horvath, B. Horvath, N. Yufuko, H. Jameel, H-M Chang, V. Chiang. 2011. Down-regulation of glycosyltransferase 8D genes in Populus trichocarpa caused reduced mechanical strength and xylan content in wood. Tree Physiology 31(2):226-236..
  • Horvath, B., I. Peszlen, P. Peralta, L. Horvath, L. Kasal, L. Li. 2010. Elastic Modulus Determination of Transgenic Aspen using Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer in Static Bending Mode. Forest Product Journal 60(3):296-300.
  • Horvath, L., I. Peszlen, P. Peralta, L. Li, B. Kasal. 2010. The effect of Lignin Content and Composition on the Mechanical Properties of Transgenic Aspen. Wood and Fiber Science 42(3):310-317.
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Laszlo Horvath
  • (540) 231-7673
  • lhorvat@vt.edu
  • Brooks Forest Products Center (0503)
    1650 Research Center Drive
    Blacksburg, VA
    24061