Congratulations Dr. María Isabel López, OTF Yield Engineer at the Intel Corporation and now a GMiS 2021 Luminary Award winner!
GMiS Luminary honorees represent professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who initiate, collaborate, and lead key programs and research within their companies. These individuals have made significant contributions to the Hispanic technical community as leaders and role models.
Throughout the 33rd Annual GMiS Conference, Great Minds in STEM will be highlighting members of our Class of 2021 Luminary honorees, comprising of Hispanic innovators who are engineering the future while lighting the way for the next generation of STEM leaders.
Our next spotlighted Luminary is Dr. María Isabel López, currently an OTF Yield Engineer at the Intel Corporation responsible for inline yield improvements through defect reduction in the company’s electronic circuit manufacturing processes.
Growing up in El Paso, Dr. López has known since she was only 9 years old that she wanted to become a doctor like her nuclear physicist father, who gave her the opportunity to begin working in engineering labs. She become an expert in electron microscopy, and co-author a scientific article, all while still in high school.
That experience gave her a major head start at the University of Texas, El Paso where, as a freshman, she was awarded the Undergraduate Research Award normally only given to graduating seniors, before earning her B.S. degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.
From UTEP, Dr. López went onto the University of California at San Diego, supported by an AGEP Fellowship and a research assistantship to earn both an M.S. and a Ph.D.
After her first year, she received the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, as well as a Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to perform research at National University in Taiwan.
The recipient of multiple awards and honors and author of dozens of publications, Dr. López is passionate about the promotion of STEM through SACNAS, SHPE, and NSHP.