Deborah Navarro is Co-Founder of Texas Guadaloop, a growing Hyperloop company closely aligned to Elon Musk’s SpaceX organisation.
The company, which built the first Hyperloop test track in Texas, aims to slice regular travel time between Austin and Dallas by 90% by introducing a 25-minute Hyperloop journey. By eventually eradicating driving, it also hopes to save users 350 hours on the road each year, or a grand total of two years of their life.
Guadaloop’s innovative system uses air bearings to levitate and achieve low friction, rather than magnetic levitation (maglev), which it describes as “expensive and energy draining”.
The Guadaloop team collected the innovation award for their designs in air levitation at the second SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition in 2017, becoming the only first-time competitor to do so.
Navarro has taken part in a hands-on entrepreneurial experience at MIT, where teams are encouraged to test the business viability of their startups, and has since become Commercialisation Lead at an associated company, MIT Hyperloop II.
Navarro graduated with a degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, before completing a Masters degree at the same institution in Technology Commercialisation.