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Executive Director

Luz Rivas


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Luz has a background in engineering, STEM curriculum development, program management, and educational research. Most recently, she was the Director of Academic Programs at the Infrastructure Academy, an organization that integrates an environmental focus in STEM education. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Director of the Caltech Center for Diversity, where she managed educational outreach, recruitment, and retention programs for underrepresented students interested in pursuing science and engineering careers. Prior to joining Caltech, Luz was a research associate at the EDC Center for Children and Technology, where she worked on an NSF-funded project on data-use in schools and on an evaluation of an online professional development program for teachers. Before EDC, she worked for the American Museum of Natural History on a NASA-funded project that produced afterschool science curriculum units based on NASA resources. She started her career as an electrical engineer at Motorola working on the design of an automotive navigation product.

Luz has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from MIT and a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Nanoscale phenomena, Technology tools and applications, Environment, Energy, Equity, Envisioning the future

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