An Exclusive ATS – Southern California Webinar

Featuring Technion Alumnus Eliad Peretz ’13

Join us for an exclusive intimate conversation with alumnus Eliad Peretz ’13 who will share the challenges that instilled him with the right stuff to launch from his childhood in Afula, Israel to NASA, where he leads some of the biggest space endeavors humanity has ever undertaken. A masterful and engaging storyteller, he will discuss how moments in time – from his birth to a family of immigrants to his experiences as a Technion Aerospace Engineering undergrad and everything in between – shaped his life’s trajectory and led him to his current role exploring the final frontier. During this “Happy Hour” event, connect with others in our community and learn about Eliad’s work that is so critical to the search for new, inhabitable worlds “out there.” Don’t miss this special insider’s glimpse of the happenings at America’s space agency.

Michael Steuer, Board member, ATS – Southern California, will moderate this program.


Dr. Eliad Peretz ’13 is based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where he is the principal investigator for the Orbiting Calibrator and Artificial Star (ORCAS), a small-scale space mission aimed at improving the quality of space imaging for the largest telescopes on the ground. In his role as lead researcher for New Space Missions under Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather, he is responsible for identifying the goals, engineering requirements, cost, and feasibility of missions, especially the discovery of Earth-like planets. Eliad also oversees the development of new materials and technologies used for advanced space exploration such as high quantum efficiency UV-Vis detectors and X-ray attenuators, and is currently supporting an array of space flight projects.

Born to a family of immigrants from Morocco and the United Kingdom, he received his bachelor’s degree at the Technion Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Cornell University.



Michael Steuer is a technology entrepreneur and 20+ year CTO at leading companies, including MAKE Technology, Playsino, Mandalay Media, THQ, and Distefora. Michael is known for publishing the very first downloadable mobile games, introducing cross carrier premium services to the U.S., and building the first major mobile skill gaming platform. He is an active ATS volunteer, serving on the ATS – Southern California Board. The Technion brings together his passions for Israel, science, and technology. As a self-proclaimed fan of space, Michael is thrilled to host and moderate this conversation with Eliad.


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