40 Under 40, Class of 2012

Roberto Lopez, PhD

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Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Job Title

Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist


Youngest recipient of Purdue University Extension Specialist Association’s Early Career Award; Actively involved with OFA’s outreach and educational programs and has been invited to speak in English and Spanish at more than 75 regional, national and international industry conferences; Involved with leading edge production research in such areas as LED lighting, sustainability and energy conservation.


In the community, Roberto donates his time and works with high-risk teenagers as well as senior citizens on horticulture related topics. Can’t live without: A watch. “Maybe having a grandfather and an uncle who are watch repair technicians has something to do with it?”

Fun Facts

From the family file: Roberto is a first generation U.S. citizen and the first in his family to graduate with a bachelor’s, master’s and PhD.

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GPN recognizes 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who are helping to determine the future of the horticulture industry. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow.

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