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April 2017

Message from our Chapter President – LES SESKIN

(l to r) ATS Southern Region Assistant Director Kelley Whiter, Eileen Seskin, Chapter President Les Seskin, Eric Stein, Past Chapter President Nancy Aronson, Roz August, Jan Kronish
(l to r) ATS Southern Region Assistant Director Kelley Whiter, Eileen Seskin, Chapter President Les Seskin, Eric Stein, Past Chapter President Nancy Aronson, Roz August, Jan Kronish

We want to thank you all for a vibrant 2016-17 season. Our events have enlightened our community on the accomplishments of the Technion. It also helps that the Technion has been in the news.

This March, the computing giant Intel acquired Mobileye for $15.3 billion. Mobileye is a leader in computer vision for autonomous driving technology. It was the biggest-ever acquisition of an Israeli tech company. Both Intel and Mobileye are brimming with Technion graduates, including Mobileye’s Senior VP, Research and Development, Dr. Gaby Hayon.

At our December leadership meeting, we were delighted to affix a mezuzah to the entrance of our new Southern Hub office.

We look forward to seeing you again next season. We wish you and your families a sweet and happy Passover and the very best of summer.

#TechnionFuture: Our Student Innovators

Technion alumna and CEO of Women4Solar Raina Russo
(l to r) Technion alumna and CEO of Women4Solar Raina Russo; students Eliana Fischer and Omer Amit; SPB Advisory Committee member and women’s advocate (see story below) Roz August; and supporter Joyce Croft.

In February, we were thrilled to host two bright young Technion stars: medical student Eliana Fischer and undergraduate Omer Amit.

Eliana and Omer visited with friends and supporters at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. Eliana, who made aliyah with her family when she was 7 years old, talked about her military service in the Israeli Medical Corps. Before enrolling at the Technion, she served as a medic instructor, training reserve duty doctors for multi-casualty events.

Omer studies industrial engineering and management, specializing in business information systems. Capitalizing on the Technion’s ties with industry, he landed a coveted internship at Mellanox Technologies, a semiconductor company founded by a Technion graduate. In February, Mellanox made headlines for helping Disney’s “The Jungle Book” win the Best Visual Effects Oscar. Omer served in a special reconnaissance unit for the Israel Defense Forces and is still a captain in the reserves.



The Technion is contributing to Israel and the global good in unprecedented ways. Help us ensure its continued advancement as a world-class institution of higher education.


A Woman at the Frontier of Cancer Research

(l to r) Chapter President Les Seskin, Nancy Aronson, Professor Ester Segal and Burt Shifman
(l to r) Rita & Tom Herskovits

Our Season Opening Brunch at The Addison in December featured a very special guest, Technion Associate Professor Ester Segal.

Prof. Segal spoke of the challenges of being a woman scientist and her path to becoming head of the Multifunctional Nanomaterials Laboratory at the new Technion Integrated Cancer Center. She also shared her compelling personal story, that of fighting cancer herself. Not long after she returned to the Technion in 2007 with two young children in tow, eager to resume her research, she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. She is now developing nano-sized, biodegradable silicon drug carriers that could potentially release anticancer drugs at a tumor site, remotely, while the patient goes about his or her daily life.

A gift to the Technion Fund can be allocated to ensure the Technion’s role as a world leader in biomedicine for decades to come.

Click here for a video of Prof. Segal in her lab.


Women’s Advocate Sponsors International Women’s Day

Female high school students from across Israel visit the Technion on International Women’s Day

As women around the globe stood up on March 8 for a more gender-equal world, Delray Beach resident Roz August made sure to do her part. Over 700 young women participated in the second annual Tech Women Conference at the Technion—sponsored by the Rosalyn August Girls Empowerment Initiative. Students toured Technion labs and met with women who are already pursuing their scientific dreams. The conference goals meshed with Roz’s passion: encouraging female high school students in Israel to opt for science and engineering in their academic studies.

Roz established this groundbreaking program at the Technion in 2015 to increase awareness of opportunities in fields where women are typically underrepresented such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, and civil and environmental engineering. The Technion’s first graduating class was comprised of 16 men and one woman. Today, the undergraduate population is about 37% women and rising.


New Theory for How Parkinson’s Develops

Parkinson’s disease can destroy neurons like the ones pictured above.

Associate Professor Simone Engelender of the Technion and a research partner at Harvard Medical School have suggested a new hypothesis for the development of Parkinson’s disease, which affects more than 10 million people worldwide.

The most commonly held theory is that Parkinson’s patients get progressively worse as clumps of a toxic protein, called alpha-synuclein, spread like a virus from one neuron to the next. In their “threshold theory,” the researchers postulate that α-synuclein spreads simultaneously throughout the nervous system, overwhelming areas first that have a lower threshold of tolerance to the protein. This would explain why places like the gastrointestinal tract show the earliest signs of the disease.

If validated, their discovery could impact treatment, rendering unnecessary invasive procedures such as severing part of the vagus nerve.



The second of three trips will visit New York City, home of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, in 2017. The third leg will visit China in 2018.


Experience Technion in NYC at the New Cornell Tech Campus

Rendering of the Cornell Tech campus, home of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute.

We invite you to join Les Seskin, Nancy Aronson and other friends of the Technion for the Technion World Tour NYC this fall. Be among the first to visit the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island.

Participants will spend time on the new campus, meeting students and faculty, and visiting startups. Other programs include a visit to the Nasdaq exchange in Times Square featuring Technion alumni whose companies are listed there.

Join us for this exclusive trip (October 25-28, 2017), which will provide a look inside the City’s booming tech scene and Technion’s growing impact here. For more information, contact ATS Southern Region Assistant Director, Kelley Whiter, J.D., at 561-395-7206 or

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