Alicia Abella, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Innovative Services Research, AT&T Labs
Management Consultant, Brookhaven Science Associates
Diane Pozefsky, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina
Sophie V. Vandebroek, Ph.D.
COO, IBM Research
Co-Founder and Executive Chair, lynda.com
Sophie V. Vandebroek, Ph.D.COO, IBM Research
Inducted in: 2011
Sophie Vandebroek has been Xerox's Chief Technology Officer and the President of the Xerox Innovation Group since January 2006. She is responsible for overseeing Xerox's research centers in Europe, Asia, Canada and US as well as the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC Inc.). Previously, Dr. Vandebroek was Chief Engineer of Xerox Corporation and Vice President of the Xerox Engineering Center, technical advisor to Xerox's chief operating officer and Director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. A Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, a Fulbright Fellow, and a Fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation, Dr. Vandebroek holds 12 US patents. She has received awards from Xerox, IBM, HP, Monsanto, the Belgium National Science Foundation, Semiconductor Research Corporation, IEEE, and Cornell University. Dr. Vandebroek is a member of the Board of Directors of Analogic Corporation, of Nypro Corporation, and is a member of The US National Academies Committee on Science, Technology & Law. She is a trustee of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and also serves on the advisory council of the deans of Engineering at Cornell University and at MIT. Born in Leuven, Belgium, Dr. Vandebroek earned a master's degree in electro-mechanical engineering from Katholieke Universiteit, and her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their six teenage children.