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JUNE 2017

Cancer Survivor and Prof. Develops Anticancer Technology

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Assoc. Prof. Ester Segal at her lab in the new Technion Integrated Cancer Center

On June 6, we were pleased to have Associate Professor Ester Segal of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering as guest speaker at two local events. Coby and Riki Dayan opened up their Los Altos Hills home to about 16 friends and supporters for a lunch presentation. That evening, Prof. Segal met for dinner with supporters at Poggio in Sausalito.

A Technion alumna, 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.

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 release anticancer drugs at a tumor site, remotely, while the patient goes about his or her daily life. Watch the video below for more. She is also employing nanotechnology to develop antimicrobial food packaging that would extend the shelf life of perishable goods.

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Wringing Water from a Stone

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(l to r) Technion Professor Boaz Golany, Vice President for External Relations and Resource Development, with author Seth Siegel

In celebration of World Water Day, the ATS and Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco co-sponsored an event with Seth M. Siegel, New York Times best-selling author of  "Let There Be Water." Some 125 supporters and congregants came out on March 23 to hear Siegel talk with Aaron Tartakovsy, co-founder and CEO of Epic CleanTec, and a member of the Israel-California Green-Tech Partnership steering committee. Technion Professor Boaz Golany, Vice President for External Relations and Resource Development, provided the opening remarks.

Israel is every bit as dry as California, but the Jewish nation has a water surplus while California (until recently) has been in multiple years of drought. In his presentation, titled: “Making the Desert Bloom—How Israel’s Water Expertise is a Model for California and the World,” Siegel spoke of Israel’s role as developer of water technology and innovation, and the policy decisions that have fostered that global leadership.

“What we learn from Israel is that every country and region can have a secure water future,” he said. “California’s drought and floods are two sides of the same coin of inadequate planning and vision. What is needed is an engaged, informed citizenry, which can demand forward-looking water policies and practices.” As home to the Stephen and Nancy Grand Water Research Institute, “the Technion has played an essential role in Israeli water innovation,” said Siegel.

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Hats Off to our Alumni

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Technion alumni Michal Raviv and Raanan Sayag with Rachel Tirosh and Gideon Intrater at the alumni Happy Hour

What better midweek break is there than gathering with friends over Happy Hour—at an intellectually stimulating event? Some 35 Technion alumni did just that, when they donned special Happy Hour hats and met on March 22 at the hip Mediterranean-rim restaurant Cetrella in Los Altos to hear Professor Boaz Golany, Vice President of External Relations and Resource Development.

Prof. Golany spoke of the latest Technion innovations coming out of Haifa, and updated the alums on the campus openings in September of the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute on Roosevelt Island in New York City, and the Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in China.

The Jacobs Institute, which has been operating out of Google headquarters in Manhattan since 2014, recently graduated its second class of Connective Media students and first class of Health Tech students this past May. Check out our graduation celebration video in the link below. On the other side of the ocean, some 150 students are expected to start classes at the Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute in the fall, studying chemical engineering with an emphasis on environment and biotechnology.

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TECHNION CAFÉ

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Guy Rom is one of several Technion graduates helping to grow the alumni network in the U.S.

ATS staffers Susan Packer, Director of the Bay Area, and Anat Levi Feinberg of Alumni Relations U.S., met with nearly a dozen Technion alumni in March to further our new global alumni initiative. An estimated 5,000 Technion alumni have settled down in the U.S., with some 1,200 in the Bay Area alone. Unlike U.S. universities that stay connected to their alumni, Israeli universities lack that tradition.

By reaching out to our alumni, hearing their Technion stories, getting to know their interests and connecting them to fellow graduates, we hope to grow an alumni network that will bring the community closer together. Below is a sampling of the fascinating alumni Susan and Anat spoke with during their meetings, dubbed “Technion Café.”

After becoming a F-16 flight instructor and earning her Technion bachelor’s degree, Ilana Golan (class of 2000) went on to scale new heights. She became a mountain climber, an Ironman triathlon race finisher and a Silicon Valley insider. CEO of Golan Ventures, Ilana reflects on her education: “The Technion years were extremely challenging. Maybe because I studied Electrical Engineering, with 9 girls and 300 boys. Perhaps because I worked at Intel throughout my student years. Or maybe because the Technion is simply very demanding. Whatever it was, I learned to take challenges with a stride and smile. I learned to fail and get back up. I learned perseverance. Bottom-line, I learned to aim high and break barriers.”

Guy Rom (class of 2001) would like to help build a Technion alumni community in the U.S. based on the importance of strong social networks. His recent efforts in an educational startup have been highly aided by the network he created as a volunteer at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School. After earning his Technion bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Guy went on to hold several tech positions. He led engineering and product management teams at PayPal and Facebook, trained and worked as an Executive Coach, and is currently Co-Founder and CEO of LifeSpark Inc., an interactive alternative to personal development books and workshops.

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#TechnionFuture: Meeting Our Student Innovators

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(l to r) Technion alumna Dr. Arielle Fischer with ATS supporter Rivka Sherman-Gold and Arielle's sister, Eliana, a Technion Medical student

Our annual Technion student delegation came with a nice surprise this year. In addition to hosting two bright young Technion stars: medical student Eliana Fischer and undergraduate Omer Amit, we had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Arielle Fischer—Eliana’s sister and a Technion alumna.

Arielle moderated a panel discussion for 30 ATS friends and supporters at the Circus Club in Atherton on March 2. The annual student lunch was generously hosted by Drs. Elaine and Donald Ehrman. The students spoke about their personal paths to the Technion, and thanked supporters for the impact their gifts have made on their daily lives and research. Eliana, who made aliyah with her family when she was 7 years old, spoke 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.

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Technion student Omer Amit (center) with supporters Claudia Greif (left) and Anita Margittai
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.

Also a superstar, Arielle is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University studying the biomechanics of human locomotion. After serving with distinction in the Israeli Air Force, she attended MIT, where she received the Academic Excellence Award, the Design and Manufacturing Award and the Robocon Design and Manufacturing Award. Joining the MIT-Technion exchange program, she went on to earn a Technion bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, and a master’s and doctoral degree in mechanical engineering—earning multiple awards for teaching and research.

 

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Technion Gets High Scores for Diversity

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Students strolling in the Technion campus

In a thought-provoking CNBC commentary on college admissions, timed to coincide with the angst-filled month in which high school seniors across the U.S. receive their college acceptance (or rejection) letters, the Technion was the only university singled out for praise.

Chiding U.S. universities for an admissions process that has been unfairly influenced by ratings and favors the wealthy, the CNBC article cites the Technion for its unique approach to diversity. In an effort to level an uneven playing field, top students and teachers from the Technion go into Arab villages to tutor high-schoolers in math and science, ensuring a good balance between Israelis and Arab in its classrooms. The story notes that the Technion not only has more Arab students than other Israeli universities, but that they were admitted on merit, having fulfilled the same admissions requirements as every other student.

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Experience Technion in NYC at the New Cornell Tech Campus

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Aerial 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, plus entrepreneurial speakers such as Technion Professors Hossam Haick and Asya Rolls, and more; alumni Ziv Lautman (BreezoMeter) and Dr. Amit Goffer (ReWalk and UpnRide), plus Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway.

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 North Pacific Associate VP David Chivo at 425.440.2686 or davidc@ats.org.

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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.

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