Message from the President
Janet Shatz Snyder
My family grew up in a Technion household. My late father, Paul Shatz, spent his life engaged with the American Technion Society (ATS), and even became president of the local Washington, D.C. region. I assumed the presidency on July 1, 2019 and am thrilled to have the opportunity to honor his legacy, to serve, and to give back to this wonderful Technion community.
I remember visiting the Technion about forty years ago with my parents and watching in awe as scientists in the Aerodynamics Laboratory used a hair dryer to create a simulated wind tunnel! All these years later, I’m still struck by their resourcefulness. Today, researchers at the Technion operate in world-class laboratories using state-of-the-art microscopes that can view individual atoms and molecules. The topnotch labs, recruitment of distinguished professors, and so many of the incredible discoveries coming out of the Technion were funded by generous ATS donors.
My aim as president is to grow our D.C. area community. We want to engage our current supporters and newcomers with high-quality programs featuring our brilliant Technion professors, students, and alumni. Another way to spark interest among high school students and their parents is through SciTech, the Technion’s vibrant STEM summer camp.
The Technion is at the forefront of scientific discovery in numerous fields. Professor Moshe Shoham, the Tamara and Harry Handelsman Academic Chair (supported by our local ATS Guardians), created Mazor Robotics to develop a near-flawless robotic system for spine and brain surgery. Founded in partnership with the Technion, the company sold for $1.6 billion, setting a record for the highest-ever acquisition of an Israeli medical company.
Such inventions change lives around the world. I am involved because I want to be part of this change. We invite you to join us and help shape our future.
Join Us at Local Events
ATS supporters have the opportunity to hear firsthand from Technion experts and alumni about breakthroughs that are advancing science, medicine, and technology worldwide. Our programs range in size from large dinners to roundtable discussions and networking lunches, to more intimate cocktail parties and dessert receptions.
Greetings from Local Committee Leaders
We award SciTech Madaras Scholarships annually to all Washington, D.C. area high school students who attend the Technion’s SciTech summer program. D.C. area juniors and seniors of all religious and ethnic backgrounds with an aptitude in science, math, or engineering are invited to apply to the program. Our committee members engage our students and parents, and host two programs: a May pre-trip get together and a September poster presentation event. Additionally, throughout the year, we draft materials, contact educators, conduct student interviews, edit a locally generated Scitech film, and distribute press releases.
Alumni Outreach Committee
We are a group of Technion alumni striving to create an engaged local alumni community in Washington, D.C. We work to identify a value proposition that will help ensure local alumni will engage. We offer professional and social networking opportunities and exciting speakers, topics, and venues. We collaborate with like-minded organizations to conduct effective outreach (e.g., the Israeli American Council). We are currently developing and updating the contact list of local alumni, engaging them, and developing an annual schedule of successful engagement events and activities. Our goal is to develop and sustain a thriving local alumni community and facilitate connecting them to other local Technion alumni.
The Washington, D.C. region serves as the area’s connection to the Technion. Quality and consistent programming is an important need for our region. These programs allow us to bring in and excite new people, and to help inform and maintain enthusiasm among those already involved. The Technion provides endless topics, but often we need access to relevant speakers, appropriate audiences, and hosts. We are connectors to the community to identify topics, speakers, and hosts.
Leadership Development Committee
The Leadership Development Committee works to strengthen engagement, outreach, and leadership development. We aim to expand the numbers of informed individuals proactively communicating to others about ATS events, and speaking knowledgeably about the Techion and its importance to the safety, security, and prosperity of Israel. Increasing awareness of local programs also allows us to engage and excite new attendees, maintain connections, and serve as critical exposure opportunities for potential future leaders for our chapter.
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After a trip to the Technion on an ATS Mission in 2006, ATS donor Al M. felt even more committed to the university. Seeing the excitement of the students on campus motivated him, and upon his return, he created a substantial bequest in his will to endow a fellowship fund.
"We’re helping people in need, helping the Technion, and providing some healing to the horrors of the Holocaust — all in one program. It is very gratifying.”
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The Technion is contributing to Israel and the global good in unprecedented ways, and it depends on people like you to ensure its continued advancement as a world-class institution of higher education.
The Technion Fund will help ensure that our supporters have access to a broad array of opportunities for engagement at all levels. The Fund will support the entire ecosystem necessary to maintain the Technion’s distinctive strengths.