Ana Lucia Cruz

The first time I saw a robot, I was 15 and it was a magical experience. In that moment, I knew what I wanted to do and I am grateful I was able to build a life upon that. I hope I am able to do the same for others.

With a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics, a Master’s degree in Advanced Robotics, a PhD in Mechanics from the “French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation”, and experience teaching kids, teens and undergrads, Ana wants to democratize STEM education, and give every child the chance to be innovative and succeed in the 21st century.

She was born in Honduras, a place where even basic education is often inaccessible. Having experienced first hand the life-changing power of an innovative education, and after hearing countless stories about kids having to let go of their dreams due to outdated education systems and socioeconomic difficulties, she decided to focus her work on education and create IPL.