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Dr. Vandebroek is responsible for overseeing Xerox’s research centers in Europe, Asia, Canada and U.S. as well as the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC Inc.).
Previously, she 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.
Dr. Vandebroek is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation. She holds 14 U.S. patents. Dr. Vandebroek has received awards from Xerox, IBM, HP, Monsanto, the Belgium National Science Foundation, Semiconductor Research Corporation, IEEE and Cornell University. Dr. Vandebroek was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame and elected into the Royal Flemish Academy for Arts & Sciences.
Dr. Vandebroek is a member of the Board of Directors of Analogic Corporation and Nypro Corporation. She is a trustee of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and also serves on the advisory council of the dean of Engineering at MIT.
Vandebroek was born in Leuven, Belgium where she earned a master's degree in electro-mechanical engineering from Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
In the News
“Lessons from Xerox’s CTO Sophie Vandebroek”, ASME.org, April 2013
Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek talks on inspiring many other women to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math careers and challenging them to make a difference in the world.
“Innovation powers our business", Dataquest, 12 April 2013
In an interview with Dataquest Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek discusses key trends in document management outsourcing, the print business, Xerox's emphasis on R&D/innovation, the market shift to digital and how Xerox is empowering its clients in different ways.
Women in IT: How deep is the bench?, Computerworld, 19 Nov. 2012
Story on women in IT features comment from Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek and Xerox Interaction Designer Zara Langford
What's next from the people who invented the PC?, CNET, 4 Nov. 2012
CNET profiles PARC’s history in staying ahead of the innovation game and features a video interview with Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek.
EmTech: Has Xerox learned how to bring its research to market?, MIT Technology Review, 25 Oct. 2012
Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek discusses the company's efforts to commercialize its innovations.
Finding the Secret to R&D that Produces Innovation, The Atlantic, 8 May 2012
CTO Profile, A Field Guide To Female Founders, Influencers & Deal Makers, 2012 March 19
Canada’s Missing R&D Ecosystem, Globe and Mail, 2011 Nov. 13
Why the U.S. must promote engineering, Bloomberg Businessweek, 2011 March 2
Xerox spends $1.8 b on new ideas every year: Vandebroek, The Economic Times, 2010 July 1
Sustainable innovation at Xerox, The Economic Times, Power of Ideas, 2010
Fortune Brainstorm: Tech Conference, Executive Talks, 2008 July 22
Bloomberg Link Next Big Thing Summit
June 17, 2013: Sophie talks about the outlook for the company and its transformation from being print focused to an IT service organization. She speaks with Bloomberg's Emily Chang at the event in Half Moon Bay, California.
Atlantic Magazine’s Innovation Summit May 8 in Washington, D.C.
WITI 2011 “Future of Work”
Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek Advocates for Women in Technology
Out & Equal's Champion Outie Award winner, 2011
Suffolk University’s Center for Innovation and Change Leadership
Aspen Ideas Festival July 9, 2010
Graduate Women at MIT Leadership Conference 2010
Keynote at OnDemand 2009