Rutgers–Camden Finest

Rutgers–Camden Finest is an assembly of graduates whose lives and careers have made an indelible mark upon society and the advancement of knowledge.


Joseph S. Lopez
CCAS’64
President, ILEX Systems (retired), L-3 Communications ILEX Systems, Inc.

Upon graduating from Rutgers University–Camden in 1964, Joseph Lopez began his swift rise up the ranks within the organizations that would shape technology for America and the world.  He became a first-level engineering manager at GE and then went to RCA to take a lead role on the engineering team that developed the AEGIS system.   His next stop was at Philco/Ford, where he managed and led a successful high-tech business development group.

Landis and Gyr, a Swiss-owned company which later would merge with Siemens, tapped Joseph to run a subsidiary organization and advance the firm’s reputation for producing supervisory control systems for electric utilities.  He would become vice president of engineering and then president.

In 1982, Lopez resigned from Landis and Gyr to launch his own firm, ILEX Systems Inc., which he sold to L-3 Communications in 1998 and continued to run as president of L-3—ILEX until May 2005.

He met his wife, Loretta, at Rutgers–Camden in a geology class as undergraduate students – she studying psychology, he pursuing a degree in mathematics. That experience launched a lifelong journey that would lead to marriage, three children, six grandchildren, and a successful career in computer science and engineering.  He received his MBA from Temple University in 1974.

In 2007, the Lopezes established the Joseph and Loretta Lopez Endowed Professorship of Mathematics was established in memory of Leonard Bidwell, a beloved professor of mathematics under whom Joseph Lopez had studied. Benedetto Piccoli, an internationally renowned mathematician, contiunes to serve in this position, and was recently named associate provost at Rutgers University–Camden.