Gary Lopez is the founder and CEO of Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), a non-profit corporation dedicated to helping meet society’s need for access to quality education, and the manager of the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC, http://www.nrocnetwork.org) and HippoCampus (http://www.hippocampus.org). MITE receives it major funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Lopez was the founder and president of Archipelago (1983-1997), a developer of award-winning analog and digital products for the education market. Archipelago created hundreds of films, videodiscs, software programs, and book series for many of the largest educational publishers in the United States, and produced nationally-broadcast television programming for PBS and The Cousteau Society.
Lopez is also the former President and CEO of NETg (1997-2002), a pioneer in providing eLearning solutions to many of the world’s largest corporations. Under his leadership, NETg developed a library of more than 1,200 multimedia-based courses and grew to more than 800 employees, with offices in 30 countries.
Dr. Lopez received a B.S. in Zoology from University of California, Davis in 1973, and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1982. He served as a lecturer in both the Biology and Earth Sciences departments of University of California, San Diego, and was a visiting professor at CISESE, Ensenada, Mexico.