Dr. Patty Lopez is a Senior Platform Applications Engineer at Intel Corporation, working with customers to deliver Xeon server chip solutions that power high end data centers and mission critical applications. Prior to joining Intel in 2008, she spent 19 years as an Imaging Scientist for Hewlett Packard, creating and transferring technology in imaging into scanner, camera, and all-in-one products. She has released over fifty products across five business lines and holds seven imaging patents. A first generation college student, she earned her BS (with honors), MS, and PhD in Computer Science from New Mexico State University (NMSU).
Patty grew up in rural northern New Mexico, the sixth of seven children. She has spent the past two decades as a change agent, studying, understanding, and addressing the impact of organizational culture on the recruitment, retention, and progression of women and minorities in STEM careers. She has extensive experience across all stages of the STEM pipeline, including K-12, academia, industry, and research organizations (industry/government labs, and defense). Her volunteer efforts are focused on building the STEM pipeline for K-12 and beyond, and creating an inclusive work culture. She has received the 2010 HENAAC/Great Minds in STEM Community Service Award and the 2015 Society of Women Engineer’s Advocating Women in Engineering Award. She is founding member and co-chair of Latinas in Computing since 2006.