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January 2014


Technion Welcomes Shimon Peres

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Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie presents Israel President Shimon Peres with a gift documenting President Peres' historic support of the Technion

The Technion kicked off the New Year in style — with a visit from President Shimon Peres.

On January 8, the Israeli president was treated to an exhibition of Technion innovations and participated in a student discussion of special Technion outreach programs. Technion graduate Dr. Yossi Vardi, one of Israel’s first high-tech entrepreneurs, moderated a panel of Nobel Prize Laureates that included Technion Distinguished Professors Avram Hershko, Aaron Ciechanover and Dan Shechtman.

Click here to read more about the visit.


Engineering for the Benefit of Society

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 Click above to watch Mark Talesnick's TED Talk

What happens when you introduce engineering students to third world communities? Societies change and lives are saved, using engineering.

Find out more from this engaging TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk given by Prof. Mark Talesnik, founder of the Technion's "Engineers without borders" program.

Click here to watch a video of Prof. Talesnick’s TED talk.


Israel Prize to Technion Professor

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Distinguished Professor Moti Segev

Distinguished Professor Mordechai (Moti) Segev won Israel’s most prestigious award — the Israel Prize — for his groundbreaking work in the field of optics and lasers. He takes his place alongside prominent winners across a variety of fields that include Martin Buber, Abba Eban, Golda Meir and fellow Technion Professor and Nobel laureate Dan Shechtman.

Prof. Segev, the Trudy and Norman Louis Professor of Physics, received his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from the Technion.

The Prize will be presented on Israel Independence Day at a special ceremony in Jerusalem in the presence of the President, the Prime Minister, and other dignitaries.


Apple Acquires Another Technion-related Start-up


Apple Inc. entered into a $350 million deal in November to purchase Israel’s PrimeSense Ltd., founded by Technion graduate Aviad Maizels.  PrimeSense developed the motion-sensing technology in Microsoft Corp.’s award-winning Xbox Kinect gaming system.

The deal came less than two years after Apple bought Anobit Ltd., a flash storage solutions provider led and co-founded by Technion graduate Ehud Weinstein, and hired Technion graduate Aharon Aharon to head an Israeli R&D center, Apple’s first outside of California.

Click here to learn more.


Houston to Haifa

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National BOD member Terry Gardner teaching the first generation of Israel's natural gas and oil engineers.

When Terry Gardner, President of the ATS Houston Chapter and National Board of Directors member, learned that the Technion was starting an academic program to train Israel’s first oil and gas engineers, he not only provided a generous gift. He also volunteered to teach. An expert in deepwater gas production technology, Terry taught an intensive course to students of the Natural Gas and Petroleum Engineering Graduate Program (NG & PE).

Click here for a link to his blog post about the experience.


A Pomegranate a Day...


Good news for those with high blood cholesterol. Professor Michael Aviram of the Technion Medical School has discovered that combining a low-dose of statin drugs (such as Lipitor) with pomegranate concentrate may significantly reduce cholesterol levels and slow cholesterol oxidation — delaying the risk of heart attack or stroke. 

Click here to learn more.




Be a Pioneer

Mission invitation 2014

Join our Pioneers of Progress Mission to Israel (April 26 – May 7, 2014) for exclusive access to Technion pioneers who are at the heart of Israeli innovation and scientific progress worldwide. We are now offering an exciting optional pre-Mission tour to Masada and the Dead Sea. Come a few days early and relive the thrilling story of the Jewish Zealots’ last stand against the Romans.

Click here to read new information about our upcoming Mission to Israel.


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