Graduated as Industrial Engineer from the Universidad de Montevideo, and received a graduate diploma in the Volkswagen Quality Chair at the Universidad de Navarra. He received a PhD in Industrial Engineering by the Universidad de Navarra, and is currently professor of Production I and II in the School of Engineering at Universidad de Montevideo.
Plus, he is a visiting professor of the PhD course "Experimental Design" in TECNUN, Univerisdad de Navarra. Tanco directs investigation programs and consultancy in the areas of Industrial Organization. His areas of speciality are Expreimental Design, Lean Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. He is a level 1 ANII reseacher, and contracted doctor professor with ANECA.