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TECHNION USA 2017
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2017 TECHNION USA
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e have much to look forward to in the exciting
year ahead. And indeed our plates are full. We’re in the
midst of a new fundraising campaign, our most ambitious
yet. The Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute
will have a new home on the Cornell Tech campus on
Roosevelt Island in the fall. We are accomplishing all this
while implementing a new Strategic Plan.
All signs point to reaching new heights.
In a first for the ATS, we’ve raised $151
million this past year, surpassing our $100
million goal for the second consecutive
year. That’s not just a number—it is the
future of the Technion. Our lay leaders
are working tirelessly to expand our donor
pipeline, attracting interest and support
that reaches beyond our typical constitu-
ent. We’ve gotten publicity for our Tech-
nion researchers and alumni across a wide
spectrum of media from
The Wall Street
Journal
to NBC News.
Taking a page from the tech world,
the entire American Technion Society
staff participated in a “hackathon” dur-
ing the annual Staff Institute, working
together to draft suggestions for implementing the Strategic Plan.
Milestone events have kept that electricity in the air. In March, we
awarded former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with a Technion
Honorary Doctorate. His vision for a high-tech Big Apple led to the creation
of the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech. To
bookend the year, we recognized nine extraordinary alumni at an event in
Silicon Valley, attended by more than 300 guests. We also held a special
event to honor Mort Zuckerman on receiving the Technion Medal, in
recognition of his creation of the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program.
The Technion has reinforced its position as a thought leader in higher
education, as evidenced by recent international rankings. The prestigious
Shanghai Ranking named the Technion the
#1 university in Israel
. The
Technion was also recognized by Reuters as the
most innovative university
in Israel.
This edition of
Technion USA
celebrates our Going Global, and most
of all, YOU—our Faces of the Technion. From Technion President Professor
Peretz Lavie, to the faculty and students, and across the oceans to our
committed supporters, we are truly ONE Technion family.
Please share this magazine with your friends and family. Help us spread
the message that the Technion truly provides education and innovation for
the global good.
A MESSAGE
FROM NATIONAL
PRESIDENT
ZAHAVA BAR-NIR
On the cover: Assaf Zinger, a rising star
at the Technion, is a Ph.D. student in
Professor Avi Schroeder’s Laboratory for
Targeted Drug Delivery and Personalized
Medicine, which receives support from
ATS donors. Assaf and Avi, a Technion In-
novator, are developing nanotechnological
approaches for performing surgery. See
full story on page 17.
HONORING MAYOR
MICHAEL BLOOMBERG
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TECHNION OPENS IN NYC
THIS SUMMER
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CHINA RISING
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THE TECH TRIO: CHINA, ISRAEL,
THE U.S.
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TECHNION PRESIDENT PERETZ
LAVIE’S GLOBAL VISION
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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’
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ALUMNI INNOVATORS
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INNOVATIONS THAT ARE CHANGING
THE WORLD
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INSTILLING THE
ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT
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FACES OF THE TECHNION
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AN ASTRONOMICAL SEASON
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THE ISRAEL-U.S. STEM PIPELINE
ENVISIONED BY MORTIMER B.
ZUCKERMAN
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DONOR SPOTLIGHT: ALLEN AND
JEWEL PRINCE
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INSPIRED BY DAD: MAURICE AND
HYNDA GAMZE
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A WORLD-CLASS UNIVERSITY BUILT
ON GLOBAL EFFORTS
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MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE VICE
PRESIDENT JEFFREY RICHARD
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o much has happened since that jubilant day in December 2011, when
the Technion-Cornell partnership won the competition to build an
innovative technology campus in New York City. On March 15, 2016,
the ATS celebrated that event and honored the man whose vision made it all possi-
ble: New York City’s three-term mayor and philanthropist, Michael R. Bloomberg.
During a gala at The Plaza hotel in Manhattan, Mayor Bloomberg was awarded a
Technion Honorary Doctorate for his role in transforming the future of education
in New York. The event was chaired by Lauren and John J. Veronis, along with
Honorary Chairs Joan and Irwin M. Jacobs, Eric Schmidt and Joan and Sanford
I. Weill. Acclaimed journalist Charlie Rose served as Master of Ceremonies for the
evening, which also featured a performance by renowned soprano Renée Fleming.
“The Technion is an incarnation of that quintessential Israeli idea that nothing is
impossible,” said Mr. Bloomberg. “That’s an idea that Israel and New York City
share. It’s what has made both centers of innovation and invention, and it is what
has allowed both to respond to adversity with strength.”
Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie said: “Because of Mr. Bloomberg’s
vision and foresight, the Technion and its partner, Cornell University, will create
leaders in New York who will develop innovative technology and solutions to
benefit mankind.” Some of those entrepreneurial leaders were on hand to demon-
strate their innovations.
News about other Technion innovators, promising research, details of the Jacobs
Institute and more are featured on the pages ahead.
ISRAEL’S
TECH
MIRACLE
NEW YORK
CITY’S
FUTURE
Top: Rendering of the Cornell Tech
campus, home of the Jacobs Technion-
Cornell Institute.
Below left: (l to r) Technion President
Professor Peretz Lavie; Mayor Michael
R. Bloomberg; Sanford I. Weill;
Technion Board of Governors Chair
Larry Jackier; Professor Boaz Golany,
Vice President for External Relations
and Resource Development.
Below: President Professor Lavie
honoring Mayor Bloomberg.
FROMHAIFA
TOTHEWORLD:
THETECHNION
CELEBRATES
MICHAEL
BLOOMBERG
2017
“Help us
spread the
message that
the Technion
truly provides
education and
innovation
for the global
good.”
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