The American Technion Society is recognizing Technion alumnus Dr. Eliad Peretz ’13, recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal for his exceptional sustained performance and impact on multiple space missions in Washington, D.C., May 1–2, 2023.

Dr. Peretz, based at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), serves as a Mission and Instrument scientist at NASA’s Heliophysics Division. He also works closely with Nobel Laureate (Physics) Dr. John C. Mather as lead researcher for New Space Missions.

As we approach Israel’s 75th anniversary and the upcoming Technion Centennial in 2024, this is an especially appropriate time to celebrate Dr. Peretz and his remarkable accomplishments. As a graduate of the Technion’s 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 US and across the globe.

The history of Israel is closely tied to the history 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 is 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.

Some highlights of the program include:

  • Tour, reception, and program at the newly renovated National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Specially arranged visit to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), which is usually not open to the public*
  • Speakers include Professor Emeritus Peretz Lavie, chairman, Israeli Friends of Technion, and past Technion President; Professor Daniella Raveh, Technion Faculty of Aerospace Engineering; Nobel Laureate Dr. John C. Mather, senior astrophysicist (GSFC); Stephen B. Klein, founder and CEO of The Klein Company and passionate supporter of the Technion, including its Faculty of Aerospace Engineering; Oren Poleg, past president and CEO, Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) North America; Lt. Col. Aviv Levi, liaison officer, Israel Missile Defense Organization; and Dr. Eliad Peretz

*PLEASE NOTE: GSFC security protocols require documentation of all participants prior to our visit on May 2. You must be cleared and processed to be allowed to enter GSFC and there are no exceptions. Please make note of the following deadlines:

  • March 17: All non-US citizens (including those with dual citizenship) must submit their information and register by this date, including a pdf of your passport and Visa/ESTA
  • April 1: All US citizens must submit their information and register no later than this date. You do not need to include a copy of your passport.

This event is by invitation only. Please contact [email protected] or call 212.407.6332 for more information.

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Eliad Peretz
Eliad Peretz
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Eliad Peretz
Peretz Lavie
Former Technion president, Professor Peretz Lavie.
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Dr. John C. Mather
Private: Dr. John C. Mather
Daniella Raveh
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Stephen B. Klein
Stephen Klein
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