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March 2015


Technion: The Next Generation

Yoram and Zahava Cedar with Technion President Peretz Lavie

Three generations of the family of late Technion Professor Israel Cederbaum were on hand for the recent dedication of the Israel Cederbaum High Speed Digital Systems Laboratory (HS-DSL). Located in the Technion Faculty of Engineering, the laboratory was established with a gift from Cederbaum’s son and daughter-in-law, Yoram and Zahava Cedar. In addition, the Cedars generously funded the Israel And Debora Cederbaum Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Electrical Engineering, providing the necessary financial backing to help students succeed.

Born in Warsaw in 1910, Israel Cederbaum completed his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the age of 24 at Warsaw Polytechnic. During World War II, he served as an electrical engineer in the Soviet Broadcasting Services and later in research and development in the field of photography. He immigrated with his family to Israel in 1948, and joined the scientific staff of the Israeli Ministry of Defense, which later became Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. While there, he made important contributions to the field of computers and electronics.

“Science at the Technion was always a big part of my father’s life and family life,” said Yoram Cedar during the dedication ceremony. “I can say quite literally that I grew up at the Technion, and that the Technion is interwoven into the tapestry of our lives.”

Cederbaum completed his doctorate in applied mathematics at Imperial College London in parallel with his work at Rafael. He became one of the world’s leading experts in the field of network theory, particularly on the subject of n-port networks. He joined the Technion Faculty of Electrical Engineering in 1963, and within two short years was appointed its dean. Two of his major achievements were the recruitment of new faculty and the establishment of the digital laboratory, the first of its kind in Israel.

“I learned from my father to think logically and strive for innovation,” he continued, adding that his studies at the Technion equipped him with the tools from which to build his own storied career. Yoram Cedar earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer architecture from the Technion. He went on to hold a number of senior positions at San Disk Corp., and served as the company’s Executive Vice President until his retirement in 2011.

Others who spoke during the ceremony also lauded the far-reaching influence of Israel Cederbaum. Yoram Or-Chen, Chief Engineer of the Technion Faculty of Electrical Engineering, said that Prof. Cederbaum – together with former Electrical Engineering Faculty Deans Professors Moshe Zakai and Jacob Ziv (both of whom Cederbaum brought to the EE Faculty) – “…tremendously influenced the faculty and the Technion as a whole, and it is here that Israeli high-tech originated from.”

“This is a rare occasion and a milestone in the history of the Technion, and I am very grateful to Yoram and Zahava for this gift,” said Technion President Peretz Lavie. “This is a lovely memorial, one which has both professional and ideological continuity.”


Warm Welcome for Professor and Students

(l to r) Prof. Yoav Schechner, Maayan Kislev, Gil and Michal Frostig, and Dani Magner at a gathering with Technion alumni

(l to r) Students Dani Magner and Maayan Kislev with Dr. Elaine Ehrman, North Pacific Board Member, and her son-in-law, Jerry Behar, at the Menlo Circus Club

The North Pacific Region warmly welcomed Technion Professor Yoav Shechner and students Maayan Kislev and Dani Magner to Northern California for a series of meetings and events with the local community.

Associate Professor Yoav Schechner, head of the Hybrid Imaging Lab in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and an expert on underwater imaging and computer vision, led the delegation. He was recently in the news for developing a stealthy periscope capable of monitoring the water surface from below. Dmitry (Dani) Magner emigrated from the Ukraine to Israel as a toddler, and is now a fourth-year electrical engineering student. He holds a black belt in karate, has served in the Israel Defense Intelligence, and is the Chairman of the Technion Student Association. Maayan Kislev studied at the Technion as a precocious high school student, is set to earn her bachelor’s degree in computer science, and hopes to continue her Technion studies in artificial intelligence. Bent on making a difference in the world, she is on the Debate Team and participates in the Israel advocacy program StandWithUs.

They started their visit with a lunch in a private dining room in the City Club of San Francisco. More than 12 attended the lunch, which was hosted by longtime ATS leader Frank Meyer.

Later that evening, Michal and Gil Frostig hosted a gathering of some 30 Technion alumni who are based in the Silicon Valley. Guests enjoyed a “taste of Israel,” complete with hummus platters, pita and other delicacies. The conversation and presentations were all in Hebrew, adding to the warm atmosphere. Click here to view more photos from the event.

The next day, Drs. Elaine and Don Ehrman hosted a lunch at the Menlo Circus Club for local supporters. Attendees were impressed with the extraordinary accomplishments of the students, both of whom are in their senior year.


Precocious Teen Launches Biz at Technion Summer Camp

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Palo Alto teen Yanir Nulman (far right) refining his entrepreneurial skills at the Technion's Start-Up Summer Program

Yanir Nulman of Kehillah Jewish High School must have the most impressive LinkedIn page of all his classmates, mused a recently published J. weekly article about the Palo Alto teen. The 16-year-old has already founded three companies — developing the latest just last summer at the Start-Up Summer Program in the Technion International School.

Yanir began his precocious career in 9th grade, founding PeX Technologies to find a way to charge the battery of hybrid and electric cars while driving. The main apparatus for PeX (short for Power Extender) is patent pending. His second company, Lychee Labs, focuses on smartphone software, and his Technion enterprise builds on that.

“I have always been an entrepreneur and wanted to experience the Start-Up Nation as a student,” he said. So, the Start-Up Summer Program, taught in English, was a natural fit.

Start-Up students work in a small team to design a product and prototype, develop a marketing strategy and build a business plan, which it then “pitches” to potential investors. Yanir’s team launched a company called Snap, which created a case that upgrades smartphone features, eliminating the need to purchase a new phone. Elected “CEO," Yanir oversaw all of Snap’s development aspects, including filing a worldwide patent application. “It was great to get feedback from the investors, and the time pressure gave me a thrill!” he recalled.

Yanir and his Snap business partner, who lives in New York, are continuing to move forward with the company. They’ve filed a patent, developed a 3D computer-aided model and hope to begin fundraising soon.

Click here for more information on the Start-Up Program, and how to apply to next year’s program (July 26-August 18, 2015). Application deadline: May 1, 2015.

SciTech, the Technion’s international science research camp, is also accepting applications for its upcoming program (July 20-August 13, 2015). Click here for more information.

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