Dr. Deborah Berebichez is the Lead Scientist in Microelectronics and Quantum Computing at VTT, one of Europe’s leading research institutes. She is the first Mexican woman to receive a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University, where her adviser was Nobel Laureate Bob Laughlin. She also worked with Nobel Laureate Steve Chu and carried out research in computational physics at Columbia University and at NYU. She has adviced large companies and governments on digitalization, data strategies, AI & the Internet of Things as well as on the applications of quantum computing.
She is an international public speaker and an advocate for more women in science, technology, engineering, and math. Deborah applies her expertise to make complex topics approachable to a wide range of audiences as co-host of Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show and most recently on the Weather Channel’s Weird Earth show. She is one of 120 female scientists selected as an ambassador to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has her own 3D-printed life-sized statue in the #IFTHENSHECAN exhibition in Washington, DC.