Physicist, Data Scientist & TV Host at Discovery Channel
Debbie Berebichez is a physicist, TV host and science communicator. She is the first Mexican woman to graduate with a physics Ph.D. from Stanford University. Debbie is the co-host of Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show (2012 – present) where she uses her physics background to explain the science behind extraordinary engineering feats. She also co-starred on the TV show Humanly Impossible (2011) produced by the National Geographic channel. She regularly appears as an expert guest on CNN, NOVA and other shows. She's currently working on the IMAX film Secrets of the Universe.
Dr. Berebichez’ work in science education and outreach has been recognized by the WSJ, Oprah, Dr. Oz, TED, DLD, WIRED, Ciudad de las Ideas and others. She is a frequent public speaker and her passion is to empower young people to learn science in fun and engaging ways. 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.
Dr. Berebichez completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University's Applied Math and Physics Department and at NYU's Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Her research has focused on optimization and wave propagation. In particular, she invented a novel technique for wireless communication. She is currently a Principal Scientist at Thoughtworks in New York.