Deborah Berebichez ’96

I got my B.A. in philosophy at Brandeis in 1996. I studied with Jerry Samet and Palle Yourgrau and am still friends with them. Please send them my regards! I grew up in Mexico City and received a Wien Scholarship to attend Brandeis. I ended up studying two majors in philosophy and physics and graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and with highest honors in philosophy. My undergraduate thesis was on the Ethics of Emmanuel Levinas with Jerry Samet and Jacob Peskin (who was at Princeton at the time). Below please find my bio and my social media links. Here's a recent publication too:


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 – 2015) where she uses her physics background to explain the science behind extraordinary engineering feats. She also co-stars on the TV show Humanly Impossible (2011) produced by National Geographic channel. She has also appeared as an expert on the Travel Chanel, NOVA, CNN and numerous international media outlets.

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. 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 country. 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 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 Principal Scientist at Thoughtworks in NY.

Media Reel: Debbie Berebichez Reel


Twitter: @debbiebere