Nicole Lopez

Nicole Lopez
  • BS Psychology 2008

Nicole Lopez embarked on her educational journey at Michigan Tech, where she graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Alongside her major, Lopez pursued her interests in Spanish and military arts, earning minors in both fields. She later pursued her master’s degree in forensic psychology from the University of North Dakota, graduating in 2014.

During her time at Michigan Tech, she was actively involved in campus organizations and volunteer programs, including Army ROTC, the MTU volleyball team, and Delta Phi Epsilon. She was even inducted into the first class of the Order of Omega in 2007. Throughout her academic and professional journey, Lopez has been influenced by Dr. Susan Amato-Henderson, who has been a mentor, providing guidance in both her studies and career.

Upon graduation, Lopez's commitment to service led her to commission as a military police officer in the U.S. Army where she deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. In Afghanistan, Lopez achieved a remarkable feat by serving as a member of one of the first Army Cultural Support Teams, an elite all-female unit conducting night raids alongside Special Operations Forces.

Lopez continues to serve as a military police officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, where she recently achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Lopez's exceptional athleticism and dedication to volleyball were also recognized when she was selected as a member of the All-Army and All-Armed Forces teams in 2009. Representing her country, she competed in the World Military Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Building on her diverse experience, Lopez was selected to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent, specializing in cases involving violent crime and crimes against children. Her determination to pursue a career in law enforcement despite hearing loss, was recognized by People Magazine in July 2019, further showcasing her perseverance and dedication.

Outside of her professional life, Lopez finds joy in spending quality time with her husband, two sons, and their German Shepherd. She is also deeply passionate about advocating for individuals with hearing loss and supporting veterans struggling with mental health and suicidal ideations.

Updated July 2023