Live From Technion Webinar with Profs. Ayelet Fishman and Adi Radian
The Technion has long been a trailblazer in promoting women in science and engineering. In 1924, when academia was largely closed off to women, the Technion’s first class of 17 students included one female. Today, 44% of Technion doctoral students are women, and female faculty and alumni are developing technologies and launching startups across all disciplines. We invite you to hear from two such extraordinary women.
Professor Ayelet Fishman is a biotech and food engineer interested in creating healthy foods and vegan protein alternatives. Assistant Professor Adi Radian is a soil and water scientist dedicated to making the environment a cleaner place. Friends and colleagues, they teamed up to patent a technology to purify wastewater of formaldehyde, a carcinogenic substance used in the production of glue, making it common in the wood, paper, and textile industries. It is also present in household items such as dishwashing liquids, and even tobacco smoke.
In this webinar, Profs. Fishman and Radian will talk about their cross-disciplinary research and share personal stories about making their way in a world typically reserved for men. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Prof. Fishman was appointed Dean of Students just months before COVID-19 hit, making the job of overseeing the students’ welfare that much more complicated. Prof. Radian chairs the Israel Clay Mineral Society and is making a name for herself developing soil and water treatment methods.
About the Speakers
Professor Ayelet Fishman ’89, Ph.D. ’02 heads the Laboratory of Molecular and Applied Biocatalysis in the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, and serves as the Dean of Students. She joined the Technion in 2005, focusing her research on food chemistry and analysis, and applied biocatalysis. She has organized and chaired many major events in the Israeli food industry, including the annual Food in the New Era conference series.
Assistant Professor Adi Radian heads the Soil and Environmental Chemistry Lab in the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Shenkar College in Israel, and her master’s and doctoral degrees from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since joining the Technion in 2016, she has received several awards for outstanding teaching, and has been appointed the Deloro Career Advancement Chair in the Technion’s Leaders of Science and Technology Program.
Merry Sherman, Ph.D. will moderate the webinar, and Doreen Green will give greetings. Dr. Sherman is the CEO and president of Mountain View Pharmaceuticals, a former member of the Technion Board of Governors, and an active ATS volunteer with her husband, Mark Saifer. Ms. Green, a steadfast supporter of the Technion for more than four decades, is Chair of Technion Canada’s Board of Directors.
This webinar will be co-hosted by Technion Canada.