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Beto Lopez, M.S.

Managing Director, Design Institute for Health

Associate Professor of Practice

Beto Lopez is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Design Institute for Health, a joint venture of the Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.

Lopez, a designer by trade, brings over a decade's worth of experience helping organizations of all types, in many different industries, grow their business and culture through human centered design. Passionate about the mash-up of design thinking and systems thinking, Beto works at the intersection of design, business strategy and rapid prototyping to transform the way organizations work together and with others to create and deliver value to people.

Before founding the Design Institute for Health, Lopez worked at IDEO, a globally renowned design and innovation consultancy. There he held roles as Senior Product Designer, Project Lead, Design for Sustainability Global Director, and most recently as Global Lead of Systems Design. While at IDEO, he collaborated on innovation challenges with clients in many different industries, including: furniture, sporting goods/apparel, consumer packaged goods, consumer electronics, hospitality, financial services, information & communication technology, automotive & transportation, health care, pharmaceutical & medical devices, government agencies and non-profit organizations with a focus on creating new value in the developing world.

Lopez earned degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and prior to IDEO worked in automotive R&D, architectural engineering, and sustainable development research. He regularly speaks on the topics of design, systems thinking, and sustainable development, and is frequently surprised and delighted by his 10-yr-old son, a nationally-ranked BMX racer.