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Media Advisory 07-040

Corporate Innovation Strategies in a Global Economy

Sophie Vandebroek to speak as part of National Science Foundation's Engineering Directorate Distinguished Lecture series


December 5, 2007

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On Dec. 10, 2007, Sophie Vandebroek, chief technology officer of the Xerox Corporation and president of the Xerox Innovation Group, will highlight technologies on the cutting edge being developed at Xerox, several in partnership with universities and government agencies. Vandebroek's presentation is part of the National Science Foundation's Engineering Directorate Distinguished Lecture series.

In her remarks, Vandebroek will highlight progress developing new printing methods using micro- and nanotechnology, software technologies for personalized applications, computational approaches for handling billion-pixel displays, green technologies such as smart documents and erasable paper, and a host of other developments.

Who: Sophie Vandebroek, chief technology officer, Xerox, and president of the Xerox Innovation Group

What: NSF Directorate for Engineering Distinguished Lecture: Corporate Innovation Strategies in a Global Economy

When: Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Where: National Science Foundation

4201 Wilson Blvd.

Arlington, VA 22230 (Ballston Metro stop)

Enter at corner of 9th & Stuart Streets.

Lecture will be held in the NSB Boardroom, Room 1235.

For directions, see: http://www.nsf.gov/about/visit/

The lecture is open to the public, but RSVP is required to ensure building access. Please contact Radhakishan Baheti at mailto:ggiovane@nsf.gov or (703) 292-8339. Media should contact Josh Chamot at (703) 292-7730 or jchamot@nsf.gov to register.

-NSF-

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Sophie Vandebroek is chief technology officer and president of the Xerox Innovation Group for Xerox Corporation. She was named to this position January 2006, and became a corporate vice president in February 2006.

Vandebroek is responsible for overseeing Xerox's worldwide research centers and for maximizing the return on the company's investments in research and technology.

Most recently, she was chief engineer of Xerox Corporation and vice president of the Xerox Engineering Center. As chief engineer, a position she assumed in 2002, Vandebroek was responsible for coordinating Xerox's engineering efficiency and effectiveness, during a period in which Xerox refreshed more than 95 percent of its office product line and launched its flagship iGen3TM Digital Production Press. Prior to that, she served as chief technology officer at Carrier Corp. From 1991 until 2000, Vandebroek held a number of increasingly responsible roles at Xerox including technical advisor to Xerox's chief operating officer and director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada.

Vandebroek is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers and served as an elected member on the IEEE EDS Administrative Committee. She is also a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of the Belgian-American Educational Foundation. She holds 12 U.S. patents.

Vandebroek has received awards from Xerox, IBM, HP, Monsanto, the Belgium National Science Foundation, Semiconductor Research Corporation, IEEE and Cornell University. Vandebroek served as a judge for MIT's Technology Review Young Innovators awards, the Wall Street Journal Innovation awards and the FIRST Lego and Robotics competition regional awards. She currently serves on several university and professional advisory boards.

Vandebroek was born in Leuven, Belgium. She earned a master's degree in electro-mechanical engineering from Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

Sophie enjoys traveling, kayaking and skiing with her three teenage children.

Media Contacts
Joshua A. Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730, email: jchamot@nsf.gov

Program Contacts
Radhakishan Baheti, NSF, (703) 292-8339, email: rbaheti@nsf.gov

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