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MAY 2017

Tapas with Technion Students

(l to r) June Freeman, students Yaela Golumbic and Amit Gilboa, and Ernie Freeman

Two incredibly impressive Technion students, Yaela Golumbic and Amit Gilboa, visited Washington, D.C., speaking about their studies and lives on campus. They met with individual supporters and were hosted at two “Tapas and Technion” events in Bethesda. The first Tapas evening was graciously held February 26 at the home of Sylvia Edelstein and David Price, who are parents of Ari Mandler, an alumnus of the SciTech summer science camp at the Technion. The following evening, Gail Levine and Ian Gershengorn opened their home to the students and guests. One of their three sons, Caleb, is also a SciTech alum. 

Yaela is pursuing a Ph.D. in Science Communication, specializing in the emerging field of “Citizen Science,” which aims to get the public involved in scientific research. She is leading a project called “Sensing the Air,” in which residents help scientists monitor the air quality in their community.  She served in the Israel Defense Forces as a tank mechanic, lieutenant and a munitions officer in the armored corps training base. Yaela also earned her master’s degree at the Technion, is married to a Technion graduate and has three children.

Amit is part of the “Cadets for Transportation” program, which trains the next generation of public servants for governmental jobs in transportation. He is also a “foster parent” to a seeing eye dog and mentors children in his community. Amit took time out of his busy schedule to visit the U.S. to thank the ATS for their support for students. He credits the ATS-backed Beatrice Weston Unit for the Advancement of Students for helping him get back on track, academically, after serving on the front for 40 days during Operation Protective Edge. 

While in the U.S., Yaela and Amit also met with ATS supporters in New York City, Philadelphia, St. Louis and the greater Boston area. Check out our latest blogpost to learn more about all of our visiting students this year.



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D.C.'s Newest Guardians Make 'Concrete' Commitment

(l to r) Al Munzer, students Yaela Golumbic and Amit Gilboa, and Joel Wind

Our cadre of Guardians has just gotten a bit bigger! We are pleased to announce that Al Munzer and Joel Wind, devoted Technion supporters and members of the Genesis Legacy Circle for many years, have become our newest Guardians—a designation reserved for those who support the ATS and the Technion at the highest level.

Al had already distinguished himself by setting up Charitable Remainder Trusts for his relatives in Bolivia (who like himself had survived the Holocaust). He and his spouse, Joel, have also supported Technion student fellowships and ATS regional projects. Now, they have turned their attention to roads. “Pavements are the lifeblood of any modern economy,” said road and concrete maven, Professor Eyal Levenberg, head of the Transportation Infrastructure Laboratory at the Technion. But the equipment in Levenberg’s lab was too old and unsafe for experimentation.

A generous gift from Al and Joel to purchase its priority piece of equipment, a Pine Superpave Gyratory Compactor, has allowed students, including Amit Gilboa (pictured here), to perform hands-on testing of highway materials. Learn more about Al’s courageous journey, featured on p. 25 of our 2015 Technion USA magazine in the link below.


Cancer Spooked by Prof. Machluf’s 'Nano-Ghosts'

Dean Marcelle Machluf at the head of the table (left) with Laurie and Eric Wenger, whose son Sam has attended the SciTech program (featured below)

Supporters Laurie and Eric Wenger hosted Professor Marcelle Machluf at a dinner in their Bethesda home on April 28. Supporters and friends listened intently as Prof. Machluf, Dean of the  Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering and a member of the Affiliate Engineering Faculty of the new Technion Integrated Cancer Center, spoke about her cutting-edge work in cancer research. 

As head of The Lab for Cancer Drug Delivery & Cell Based Technologies, Prof. Machluf and her team are reconstructing stem cells to create vesicles that can be used as targeted drug-delivery vehicles, known as “Nano-Ghosts.” The stem cells are emptied of their content (rendering them ghosts) and refilled with treatment that is released upon reaching the targeted tumor. This system ushers the chemotherapy to the tumor more effectively, while sparing healthy tissue in its path. These Nano-Ghosts can also be filled with contrast agents, to be used in conjunction with traditional MRIs or CAT Scans, to diagnose cancer at an early stage. 

Included in the Israel Ministry of Science, Technology & Space 2016–2017 exhibit of 60 Israeli discoveries that have affected the world, Prof. Machluf’s achievements were recently on display alongside the work of Nobel laureates and other renowned Israeli scientists at the Ben-Gurion International Airport. Check out the video below featuring Prof. Machluf.


Local High School Students Win SciTech Scholarships to Study at the Technion

This year's D.C. area Scholarship winners

Six high school students from the Capitol Area will spend part of their summer (July 24–August 17, 2017) doing university-level scientific research at the Technion, after receiving the Dr. Istvan Madaras SciTech Scholarships. The Sci Tech program allows high school students to work side-by-side with Technion graduate students and faculty on a range of diverse and challenging research projects, while experiencing college life on campus and traveling throughout Israel.

Chosen for their promising abilities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), 2017 Scholarship recipients include: Joseph Shoyer, Matan Lieber-Kotz and Daniel Weiss of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School; Emily Kaperst of Walt Whitman High School; Joshua Margolis of St. Andrews Episcopal School and Ruven Kotz of the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy. This year’s scholarship winners bring to 39 the number of D.C. area students who have participated in SciTech over the past six years. 

We look forward to hearing more about their SciTech experiences in the coming months.


In-Flight Hydrogen Production Could Mean 'Greener' Aircraft

Dr. Shani Elitzur 

Technion researchers, led by aerospace engineer Dr. Shani Elitzur, have found a safe, efficient way to produce hydrogen onboard an airplane that could be channeled into electrical energy for in-flight use. The breakthrough focuses on sparking a spontaneous and sustained chemical reaction between aluminum powder and water, solving the problems associated with storing hydrogen.

By using either fresh or waste water, the aircraft need not carry any additional water. Among its other many benefits, the technology would reduce CO2 emissions, and generate heat that could be used for de-icing operations or warming up food in the galley. 


Experience Technion in NYC at the New Cornell Tech Campus

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

We invite you to join us 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 Nasdaq in Times Square featuring Technion alumni whose companies are listed on the exchange.

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 Irv Elenberg at 301.806.1795 or


Earth Day Rube Goldberg Contest

WinningGroupPhoto Katz Yeshiva.jpeg
(l to r) Katz Yeshiva Science Department Chair Mrs. Ellen Chait with students Michal Amar, Ty Kay, Tani Loskove, Noah Bernten, Max Davis, Josh Bernten, and Dr. Yosef Wolf, who heads up the school’s STEM courses

Encouraged by the popularity of previous Technion Rube Goldberg videos that went viral, some 24 high schools around the world participated in a competition to build an Earth Day-themed Rube Goldberg Machine. Students at Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida won first prize, and were the only U.S. team to place in the top three.

For the uninitiated, a Rube Goldberg Machine is a wacky contraption that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task by setting off a comical chain reaction. Students on the Katz Yeshiva team range from 9th to 11th grades.



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

American Technion Society
Greater Washington D.C. Region
Contact: Irv Elenberg
Tel: 301.654.4773
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