Debbie Berebichez is a physicist, TV host and science communicator. She is the first Mexican woman to graduate with a PhD in Physics from Stanford and engages in a variety of activities as a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) ambassador.

She currently co-hosts Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science, where she uses her physics background to explain the science behind extraordinary engineering feats. Debbie also co-starred on the TV show Humanly Impossible (2011), produced by National Geographic, and regularly appears as an expert guest on NOVA, CNN, the Travel Channel and numerous international media outlets.

Debbie’s work in science education and outreach has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, Oprah, Dr. Oz, TED, DLD, WIRED, Ciudad de las Ideas and others. Her background in theater and engaging on-screen presence helps her connect with audiences ranging from high school students to advanced professionals and politicians. She is a frequent public speaker and is passionate about empowering young people to learn science and improving the state of STEM education around the world. 

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 of the Top Latina Tech Blogger award from the Association of Latinos in Social Media (LATISM). Along with co-hosting Outrageous Acts of Science, Debbie is currently the Principal Scientist at Thoughtworks in New York.

 

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Debbie completed her PhD in Physics at Stanford University in 2005. Her advisors were Professor George Papanicolaou (Math Department) and Nobel Laureate in Physics Robert B. Laughlin (Physics Department). Here’s an abstract of Debbie's work and her dissertation. She also completed two postdoctoral fellowships in applied mathematics and physics at Columbia University and NYU, where she carried out research in the area of acoustic waves. Debbie invented a highly effective technique in the field of wireless communications that allows a cell phone user to communicate with a desired target user in a distant location. 

You can find her registered with the Mathematics Genealogy Project and she is honored to have made it to the top of Future-ish Most Stylish Scientist list.

The video that launched Debbie's science communication career – the physics of high heels: