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Ilene & Steve Berger Technion Visiting Fellows Program
An Invitation Only ProgramExclusive Interactive Event | Western RegionFor Leadership
Come together with fellow Technion supporters and ATS local leaders for an inspiring discussion with two stellar Technion Ph.D. students. One served in the Israel Defense Forces for seven years before fulfilling his long-held dream of studying at the Technion. The other was equally ambitious in pursuing the discipline she found most intriguing yet infinitely challenging — chemistry. Chat with these passionate and brilliant Berger Visiting Fellows about their personal journeys, what it’s like to juggle academics with family life, and their future hopes and aspirations.
Ruth Owades, ATS – San Francisco Board of Directors and Technion Board of Governors member, and David Marcus, ATS – Southern California Board of Directors and ATS National Board of Directors member, will serve as moderators.
About the Speakers
Alon Romano ’16, M.S. ’18 grew up in San Francisco and immigrated to Israel with his family at age 10. He served in the Israel Defense Forces for seven years, tackling challenging roles in the intelligence division for which he earned military awards. He then pursued a dream that had been taking shape through the years — studying at the Technion. Now in his third Technion degree, he is a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, where he recently helped his student team win first prize in a prestigious European food contest. Mr. Romano is married and has three young children.
Hila Rubinstein ’16, M.S. ’19 focused on three entirely different subjects in high school. Her Arabic studies led her to the Intelligence Elite Unit 8200 in the Israeli Defense Forces, and filmmaking was fun, but she chose the most challenging course — chemistry. Spending evenings and weekends “trying to figure out these molecules and weird shapes,” she eventually entered the Technion, where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, developing air-quality testing technologies, among other projects. She has received generous American Technion Society fellowships for her graduate studies.
About the Program
One of the American Technion Society’s most popular speaker series, the Ilene & Steve Berger Technion Visiting Fellows Program features the university’s greatest assets: its students. Known as the Berger Visiting Fellows, these select scholars represent the very soul of the Technion. Their visit provides an inspiring glimpse into the lives and minds of those who will help shape the future of Israel and the world.