Message from the President
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.
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.