Upcoming Events in the DC Area
Iron Dome, developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems
Did you know that medical devices, camera products and a
host of other technologies got their start in Israel’s defense industry?
are invited to join us to hear Gideon Weiss, Vice President of Business
Development for Rafael USA, Inc., discuss the influence of Israel’s
industry on Israel’s commercial high-tech economy.
In a double feature of sorts, Alex Rudin, a student at
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, will also speak about
the research he conducted alongside Technion scientists at the SciTech Summer
WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland Street, Falls
RSVP: to Irv Elenberg, Regional Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE: There is no charge to attend, and refreshments will be served
Rafael USA is an affiliate of Rafael Advanced Defense
Systems, which developed the Iron Dome missile defense system — credited with
eliminating hundreds of rockets headed toward Israel during Operation Pillar of
Freedom. Mr. Weiss’ presentation will show how defense know-how has been
leveraged to create commercial technologies such as Given Imaging’s PillCam,
wireless solutions and more. A former Deputy Squadron Commander and F-15 pilot
in the Israeli Air Force, Mr. Weiss, who now lives in Bethesda, has worked with
Rafael since 1995.
Alex Rudin won the Dr. Istvan Madras SciTech Award,
sending him to the Technion last summer to conduct high-level research in
chemistry. Alex is a member of his school’s
FIRST Robotics Competition Team and is involved in a number of activities,
including the school’s marching band and Little League Baseball.
Honoring Michael Bloomberg and the Technion in NYC
|(l to r) Chapter President Sol Glasner, Larissa
Ghadiali (guest of Aggie Kuperman), Aggie Kuperman and Regional Director Irv
More than 350 friends
of the Technion and other influencers from across New York City gathered March
15 at The Plaza to honor Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s dream of bringing the
Technion to the Big Apple. The program featured Charlie Rose as Master of
Ceremonies, performances by acclaimed soprano Renee Fleming and legendary
Israeli pianists Leonid Ptashka and Gil Shohat, and an award ceremony to confer
a Technion Honorary Doctorate on Mayor Bloomberg. Innovation was front and
center as Technion alumni innovators demonstrated powerful technology ranging
from real-time environmental monitoring apps like BreezoMeter to revolutionary
assistive technology like ReWalk.
Lauren and John J. Veronis served as Gala Chairs. Joan and
Irwin M. Jacobs, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc., and Joan
and Sanford I. Weill served as Honorary Chairs.
If you missed the Gala, you can still
join us in celebrating the Technion by viewing our video.
The American Technion Society (ATS) held its annual Board of
Directors Meeting in Manhattan prior to the Galaand approved
its new Strategic Plan. Regional supporters who attended either the Gala and/or
the BOD included: Chapter Chairman Mark Sheinkopf, Bill and Barbara Dahl,
Tamara and Harry Handelsman, Al Munzer and Joel Wind, Carol Epstein, Chapter
President Sol Glasner, Janet Shatz Snyder and Aggie Kuperman.
Watch our latest
video, launched at the Gala: Israel’s Tech Miracle, New York City’s Future
Share our official photos
from the Gala on our Facebook page
Check out photos &
more from Gala attendees via #TechnionGala
#TechnionFuture: Our Innovators and CEOs of Tomorrow
|(l to r) Undergraduate student Nimrod Harani with
Professor Alon Gany and his graduate student Shani Elitzur.
It is rocket
science for two members of the Technion student-faculty delegation that visited
the area in March. Aerospace Engineering Professor Alon Gany and his doctoral student Shani Elitzur, along with undergraduate Nimrod Harani talked about their brilliant research and shared their
inspirational journeys at several events on March 2 - 3.
Dr. Stuart Portnoy and Ron Friedmann, and Chuck and Michele Fax
hosted a luncheon and dinner, respectively, at their homes. The group also spoke
at B’nai Shalom of Olney; JCCGW Art Gallery and the Ring House retirement community — both in Rockville, and the accounting firm of CohnReznick in Bethesda.
Prof. Gany, a Technion alumnus and former head of the Sylvia
and David I.A. Fine Rocket Propulsion Center, focuses his research on
propulsion and clean alternative energy. He and Shani are developing a novel
method for hydrogen storage and production, and applications for eco-friendly
automotive and marine fuel. Prior to working with Prof. Gany, Shani served as
an officer in Aeronautical Design for the Israeli Air Force’s Aircraft
Engineering Department, taking part in projects to improve aircraft capability
and performance. Nimrod is undertaking a double major in materials science and
engineering plus chemistry. He has served as a combat engineer in Operation
Cast Lead, Operation Pillar of Defense and Operation Protective Edge.
Read ATS EVP Jeff
Richard’s Q & A panel with our student delegation
Check out photos & more from
their trip across the U.S. via #TechnionFuture
Don't Get Quantum? Then You Should Have Joined Us for Dinner
|"Quantum effects will make communication and
computing absolutely safe.” — Prof. Gadi
Eisenstein, Director of The Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute
We can’t see quantum particles with the naked eye, and most
of us cannot begin to understand quantum principles. But we do know that
quantum is set to revolutionize our world. Technion Professor Gadi Eisenstein,
Director of the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, touched on the wonders
of quantum technology at a dinner presentation on January 13, 2016, hosted at
the Bethesda home of Sylvia Edelstein and David Price.
Once the stuff of science fiction, quantum physics is
enabling scientists to harness the smallest particles in the universe. Prof.
Eisenstein shared how Technion scientists are using quantum engineering to
develop secure communications, implantable biomedical devices, energy-saving
solutions and defense technology such as ultra-sensitive night vision and
sensors to detect hazardous materials.
A renowned expert in photonics, optoelectronics and quantum
electronics, Prof. Eisenstein was recognized with the prestigious 2014 IEEE
Photonics Society William Streifer Scientific Achievement Award for his
exceptional scientific contributions in the fields of lasers and
electro-optics. Joining the Technion in 1989, he launched Israel’s first
significant research laboratory in fiber optics and related technologies.
Learn more about Technion & Quantum
Think Differently, Think Globally, Travel Technion
There is still time to join us this spring for the first
part of the Technion World Tour. The Tour is a three-part journey that will
visit Technion campuses in Israel (2016), New York City (2017) and China
(2018). The tour combines luxury travel with exclusive immersive tours and
once-in-a-lifetime networking events with Technion faculty, students and local
influencers & thought leaders.
Spaces are filling up, so reserve your spot now. See
itinerary, pricing and more by visiting technionworldtour.org.
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