Laura Lopez Ortiz is a Program Assistant who coordinates operations, and logistics in the development, implementation, and consolidation of new and current programs.  

She has 20 years of experience in the development, implementation, and management of educational programs for different audiences in the fields of art, entrepreneurship, wellbeing, networking, communications, and innovation. She worked in the Instituto Cultural de Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico as an education coordinator, where she developed and facilitated art workshops, tours, and events.  Over the course of her time there, she served more than 1,200 students from underrepresented backgrounds with art and handcraft classes, festivals, and exhibits. For four years she also supported art education for K-9 learners, with the village School of Music to grow the student participation by 50 percent. 

Before joining The Lemelson MIT Program, Laura worked as an administrative assistant in the Office of Finance and Research Administration, Harvard Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology and as a Program Coordinator Assistant for The Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Harvard Hutchins Center for African & African American Research 



B.A. Honors in History of Art, Universidad de Leon 


If you could invent anything, what would it be?

I will invent a teleportation device to travel instantly to anywhere 

Laura works to generate opportunities to help people experience their creativity through the power of invention.  She believes this experience empowers people and changes their lives for a better world.