Dr. Deborah Berebichez, Physicist

Dr. Deborah Berebichez is a physicist, TV host and STEM advocate. She is the first Mexican woman to graduate with a physics Ph.D. from Stanford University. Dr. Berebichez is the co-host of Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show (2012 – present) where she uses her background in physics to explain the science behind extraordinary engineering feats. She also co-starred on the TV show Humanly Impossible (2011) produced by National Geographic channel. She also frequently appears as an expert on the Travel Channel, NOVA, CNN and numerous international media outlets.

Deborah’s work in science education and outreach has been recognized by the WSJ, Oprah, Dr. Oz, TED, DLD, WIRED, Ciudad de las Ideas and others. Her passion is to empower young people to learn science and to improve the state of STEM education in the world. She is a frequent public speaker and a global ambassador for the longest running and largest tech competition for high school girls in the United States. She is a John C. Whitehead Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, a winner of the Society of SHPE’s STAR Award and a recipient for Top Latina Tech Blogger by the Association of Latinos in Social Media LATISM.

Deborah completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University’s Applied Math and Physics Department and at NYU’s Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences where she carried out research in the area of acoustic waves. She invented a highly effective technique in the field of wireless communications whereby a cell phone user can communicate with a desired target user in a location far away. She is currently the Chief Data Scientist at Metis in New York.