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President’s Message From Terry Gardner

Houston Chapter President Terry Gardner

I traveled to the Technion in early June for its Board of Governors meeting, where I received an Honorary Fellowship from the university. I am very proud to be recognized in this manner. Through its research achievements and education in engineering, science and medicine, the Technion has advanced Israel and mankind. It has been a great privilege to be part of those accomplishments.

Thank you to our Houston Technion “family” for giving me the opportunity to serve as president of our chapter. Together, our community has contributed significantly to the success of the university. We share a deep commitment to building a remarkable institution for the benefit of people around the world. Like so many who support the Technion, I feel I have gained much more from that association than I have given. I encourage others to enjoy the deep satisfaction of enabling such important work.

Please join me on the Technion World Tour at the end of October (see story below) so you can learn about Technion’s global influence and how it has impacted New York. It would be wonderful to have a delegation representing Houston in attendance, to share the experience with likeminded friends from across the country. If you have any questions, feel free to talk to me or to our Houston Director, Caren Copening.


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.


Congratulations to Terry Gardner on his Honorary Fellowship

Technion President Peretz Lavie congratulates Terry Gardner on the occasion of his Technion Honorary Fellowship during a special ceremony on the Haifa campus.

We are delighted to congratulate Terry Gardner on being awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Technion for his devotion to the Technion and Israel. As an enthusiastic, tireless leader of our chapter since 2007, he is more than deserving!

During the June 11 awards ceremony, which took place at the annual Technion Board of Governors (BOG) meeting on the Haifa campus, Terry was recognized for his “inspiring leadership . . . exceptional support of Jewish communities. . . and selflessness in advancing the work of the American Technion Society and the Technion for the betterment of Israel and the world.”

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Terry Gardner delivered the response on behalf of all the Honorary Fellowship recipients at the June 11 awards ceremony
In addition to serving as chapter president, he is a member of the ATS National Board of Directors and has served as co-chair of the Campaign Resources & Public Affairs Committee. Ready to help where needed, he has participated in two solidarity missions to Israel during conflicts. He also helped launch the Technion’s first graduate program in gas and petroleum engineering, when Israel discovered natural gas in the Mediterranean. An expert in deepwater oil and gas production, he has twice taught in the program and plans to do so again next year.

Terry Gardner (right) with Technion Professor Yoed Tsur, head of the Natural Gas & Petroleum Engineering Program, and Shifra at an outdoor dinner celebration following the awarding of the Honorary Fellowships. Terry often teaches in Prof. Tsur’s program.
“I am very proud to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Technion, and to have been able to share the moment with my wife, Shifra, and the ATS community,” he says. Terry met his wife, Shifra, when he worked at Israel Aircraft Industries while periodically teaching aeronautics at the Technion. Asked to deliver the response from the podium on behalf of the Honorary Fellows, Terry spoke about his colleagues and his own journey to becoming a Technion supporter in this video from the ceremony.

Terry has supported many ATS fundraising initiatives, including the Stanley Shalom Zielony Graduate Student Village, the Uzi and Michal Halevy Fund for Innovative Applied Engineering Research, and the Hershel and Hilda Rich Technion Innovation Awards Fund. Based on their planned gift to the ATS, he and Shifra are members of the ATS Genesis Circle. He is also a leader at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Houston, and is involved in other Jewish organizations, including his synagogue and the local Jewish Federation.



Spotlight on the Lewis and Joan Lowenstein Foundation

Joan and Lewis Lowenstein, on vacation at the Taj Mahal.

Though we did not have the fortune to know the late Lewis and Joan Lowenstein, we are grateful for their values and commitment to helping others. For the past several years, the Lewis and Joan Lowenstein Foundation has funded various initiatives that support students, from Second Chance Scholarships at the Technion to master’s fellowships at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute. Most recently, the foundation has named an apartment in the Graduate Student Village at the Technion, in honor of Lewis and Joan Lowenstein.

The Lowensteins had a high regard for personal responsibility, hard work and a belief in their fellow man. In carrying forward these ideals on behalf of the Lowensteins, foundation trustees Harold Hidalgo Sr., Gerald Zlotnik and Leonard Weiner have spent time visiting with the hard-working students from the Technion. They also plan to attend the Technion World Tour in New York this fall (story below), along with their wives Anne Marie Hidalgo and Barby Weiner.

For their current gift to the Technion, the foundation chose to invest in a project that would have the biggest impact on students. “We are inspired by the brilliant students at the Technion. Their futures hold so much promise for humanity,” says Harold Hidalgo Sr. “Naming an apartment at the Technion helps address a critical need for students in Haifa. It’s a very fitting and lasting tribute to the memory of Lewis and Joan Lowenstein, who believed in helping young people reach for the stars.”

Lewis Lowenstein was born in Missouri, met and married Joan Shyer in Tennessee in 1935. They eventually settled in Houston, where Lewis established an automobile loan business that grew to include offices in 10 states. He retired in 1960 and devoted his time to philanthropy. Joan passed away in 1998, and Lewis died in 2010 at the age of 100.

#TechnionFuture: Students Visit Houston

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(l to r) Technion students Omer Amit and Eliana Fischer

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

Eliana and Omer visited with some Houston Chapter supporters for a luncheon at Kenny and Ziggy’s. Later that evening, they were welcomed with a cocktail reception at the home of Amir and Amy Halevy. “Amy and I were so moved by the students we met from Technion last year that we decided to host this year’s delegation and welcome them to Houston,” says Amir. “They didn’t disappoint! Eliana and Omer were delightful—such wonderful ambassadors for the Technion. They have bright futures and will go on to do great things for Israel and the world.” Amir is the son of Michal and Uzi Halevy, Houstonians who established the Halevy Prize in Innovative Applied Engineering Research at the Technion.

Eliana, who made aliyah with her family when she was seven 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. Eliana hopes to continue serving her country by helping shape the future of medicine in Israel.

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. Click below for a blog post interviewing all six students of the 2017 Technion student delegation.


Technion World Tour - NYC is Coming!

A sampling of speakers for the 2017 Technion World Tour

Get your name added to the waiting list for a chance to visit the Jacobs Institute when the Technion World Tour stops in NYC this fall (October 25-28, 2017). Be among the first to visit the brand new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. Programming includes a VIP campus tour; a meet-and-greet with students, faculty and industry entrepreneurs; and exclusive panel discussions. Registration is still open for other exciting programming like our “Evening of Innovation,” featuring Technion Innovators. These experts include Technion Alumni Dr. Amit Goffer (inventor of ReWalk mechanical exoskeleton for paraplegics) and Technion Professor Hossam Haick (creator of a device that can sniff out 17 specific diseases in a person’s breath).

Capacity is limited, so register today. Contact Caren Copening at or 561.832.5401.


Make an Impact Through The Technion Fund

Support medical research, Technion faculty, students and more through The Technion Fund

The Technion is contributing to Israel and the global good in unprecedented ways. You can do your part in ensuring the Technion’s continued advancement as a world-class institution of higher education by supporting the Technion Fund. Never before has it been easier to contribute to the Technion than it is now.

The Technion Fund provides access to a broad array of opportunities for engagement at all levels. The Fund supports the entire ecosystem necessary to maintain the Technion’s distinctive strengths. Donors may choose to allocate their Technion Fund gift to any of the following focus areas: biomedicine, defense, faculty support, international collaborations, student support and sustainability.



Our exclusive programming in New York City (October 25-28, 2017) includes "An Evening of Innovation" at the Rainbow Room; a panel discussion at Nasdaq; a day at the new Cornell Tech campus, home of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute; and more. Capacity is limited.

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