The first Mexican woman to graduate from Stanford University with a Ph.D. in Physics, Deborah Berebichez is the co-host of Discovery Channels ‘Outrageous Acts of Science’. She uses her knowledge of physics to explain the science behind extraordinary engineering feats on the show. She also appears as an expert on the History Channel. FOX, MSNBC, Travel Channel, and various others.
The Lead Scientist in Microelectronics and Quantum Computing at VTT, a leading European research institute, Deborah Berebichez counts amongst her responsibilities the setting of the research agenda for their quantum computer and quantum-adjacent technologies. She also guides business relationships with those companies that use VTT’s quantum facilities to help facilitate various innovative products.
Before joining VTT, Deborah Berebichez was the Chief Data Scientist at Metis. While there, she directed the educational focus in data literacy, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Deborah Berebichez has an extraordinary academic background. She worked with Nobel Laureate Steve Chu in cooling atoms with laser light and completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University’s Applied Math and Physics Department and New York University’s Courant for Mathematical Sciences. The latter saw her conduct research in the area of waves and optimization. She published in the area of photonics and invented a highly effective technique in the field of wireless communications.
Her work in science and education has seen Deborah Berebichez recognized by TED, DLD, WIRED, the Association for the Advancement of Science, and various other organisations and institutions. She is also an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador for her work in inspiring and empowering young women to learn science and improve the state of STEM education in the world. She also has a 3D-printed life-size statue in the #ITHENSHECAN Dallas exhibit. Amongst her various accomplishments, she includes that of John C. Whitehead Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, winner of the Leading Hispanics in STEM STAR Award, and a recipient of the Top Latina Tech Blogger Award by the Association of Latinos in Social Media.
As a keynote speaker, Deborah Berebichez has addressed audiences the world over. She uses her background and education to make complex topics approachable to a wide ranger of audiences. Currently residing in Helsinki, Finland, she presents in English.
Deborah Berebichez is the Lead Scientist in Microelectronics and Quantum Computing at VTT, one of Europe’s leading research institutes. She will take you to a world of clean-rooms and airtight chambers, of new algorithms and quantum speedups, and seemingly impossible feats such as quantum teleportation. You will learn how this amazing new world of quantum computing offers an exciting future: better materials and drugs, more secure cryptography, and more accurate prediction of weather and climate. You will also understand how various businesses are preparing to remain competitive in the quantum age.
“Debbie, the girls loooooved you! What an inspiration for girls with a STEM interest. Thank you, thank you!! Let's definitely make this an annual event!”
“She is an extraordinarily warm and approachable person, a wonderful ambassador for science and reason."
“Charismatic, engaging, thoughtful, inspiring, heartfelt and smart! These words describe only a fraction of the pure enthusiasm and positive energy that Dr. Berebichez possesses and elicits in others. She connected so favorably with our Project FibonacciÒ STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) scholars and staff when it came to telling her personal stories of overcoming barriers to women in STEM professions and her life pursuits. I look forward to having her back again and inspiring our future classes of STEAM scholars entering the workforce. An A++ experience!”
“I finally saw your Nova performance about the crystals on TV. I was so impressed. You made something dull and boring come alive! This ability is a key talent essential for making the world turn, as I myself have found out that hard way. You've got this talent in abundance. Also, your TV personality is exactly the same as your real one, which is very neat.”