The American Technion Society honored Technion alumnus Dr. Eliad Peretz, recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal for his extraordinary contributions to multiple space missions. Based at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Dr. Peretz serves as a mission and instrument scientist in NASA’s Heliophysics Division. He also works closely with Nobel Laureate (Physics) Dr. John C. Mather as lead researcher for New Space Missions. Celebrating with us on May 1-2, 2023 were scientists and administrators from NASA and Technion, the ATS National Board, and donors from around the U.S. 

As a graduate of the Technion Faculty of Aerospace Engineering – the only one of its kind in Israel – Dr. Peretz and his fellow aerospace engineering alumni are contributing to significant advances in space programs, satellite industries, defense, and sustainability efforts not only in Israel, but in the U.S. and across the globe.  

The history of Israel is closely tied to that of the Technion’s Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, which has played an essential role in the country’s security and economic growth. Today’s modern Israeli Air Force and aerospace industry are indelibly connected to the Faculty, but the historic circa-1951 building has not kept up with the exceptional research that takes place within its walls. The American Technion Society is committed to raising funds for a new, urgently necessary state-of-the-art aerospace facility. This endeavor is not only the most important capital project ever undertaken by the Technion but is a crucial national priority for Israel.