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Summer 2021
Feature Story

Life Beyond COVID

When Professor Uri Sivan began his presidency in October 2019, the world was a very different place. While he was prepared to lead the Technion through many challenges, he could not have predicted weathering a global pandemic would be one of them. Yet more than a year into the pandemic, the Technion is flourishing. New collaborations with 

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Breakthrough prototype system for efficient and safe production of hydrogen using only solar energy

IMPACT / Sustainability
Catalyzing Solutions to Climate Change

Laundry stain remover. Penicillin. Stonewashed jeans. Catalysts help manufacture more than 90% of such everyday products. Now this class of compounds is set to tackle one of our biggest existential threats: climate change. And the Technion is responding by launching the Center for Sustainable Processes and Catalysis. It comes not a moment too soon.

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IMPACT / Human Health
New Breakthroughs: Keeping Technion Medical Science on the Cutting Edge

As one of the few engineering institutes worldwide with its own medical school, the Technion has transformed our knowledge of human health. Its scientists have made great strides in cancer research, personalized medicine, targeted drug delivery, and COVID-19 testing. Here are just two recent medical breakthroughs.

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IMPACT / High-Tech Future

AI: The Future of Computer Science

You know that artificial intelligence (AI) helps power your smart home devices, your favorite social media sites, and even some of the health care innovations we rely on every day.

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"A Huge, Huge Opportunity"

In September 2020, Israel, the U.S., the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain signed the Abraham Accords, normalizing relations between Israel and the two Arab nations. Morocco and Sudan soon followed suit. ATS writer Jennifer Frey discussed the implications of the Accords with Visiting Professor Brigadier General (Res.) Jacob Nagel.

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Pictured Above / Technion students from the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering and Faculty of Biology with Prof. Yechezkel Kashi (top l), Prof. Uri Lesmes (top r); (bottom center r-l) Profs. Marcelle Machluf, Yoav Livney, and Avi Shpigelman

IMPACT / Visionary Education

Israel’s Most Valuable Resource: Technion Students

Israel’s most important national assets are its students — the next generation of visionaries and innovators who will lead the country and propel it to new heights. But students at the Technion aren’t waiting until they graduate to fulfill that responsibility: They’re developing award-winning breakthroughs even as they complete their coursework.

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IMPACT / Visionary Education
Homecoming: Four Outstanding Faculty Return to Their Alma Mater

For newly minted Ph.D.s, choosing where to plant their academic roots can be an overwhelming decision. It shapes the direction of their research, where they live, and with whom they collaborate. The choice is also key for universities, which rely on recruiting top faculty to attract the best students.

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Alumni Spotlight
Technion Alumni in the U.S.: Where Are They Now?

It’s no exaggeration to say that Technion ingenuity is in action every single day. If you rely on a smart home device or cloud connectivity, live in an urban area, or watch “Monday Night Football,” you’ve got Technion alums like Omer Schneider ’05Sharon Yavo Ayalon ’01, M.S. ’10, Ph.D. ’19; and Alon Kremer ’11 to thank.

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Jacobs Institute

Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute
Celebrating 10 Years of the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute

A decade after the Technion and Cornell University won an ambitious bid to build Cornell Tech, home of the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, philanthropist, former ATS board member, and Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute Steering Committee member Mitch Julis sat down with Professor Ron Brachman, Jacobs Institute director, to talk about accomplishments and what lies ahead.

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IMPACT / Israel’s Security
Iron Dome: A Look at Israel’s Anti-Missile Defense Technology

When sirens blared, warning of incoming rocket fire during this year’s Israeli-Gaza crisis, those within a safe distance watched as rockets streamed across the sky and exploded in mid-air. The pyrotechnic display was Israel’s missile defense system, Iron Dome, doing its job. In the 11 days of fighting prior to the May 21, 2021, cease-fire, Hamas militants launched 4,369 rockets from Gaza towards Israel.

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Technion Professor Josué Sznitman and his team have developed an innovative pulmonary treatment for treating Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), which is recognized as the leading cause of mortality in COVID-19 patients. To date, there is no existing therapy to treat ARDS patients. These patients undergo assisted ventilation and oxygenation, oftentimes under intubation, in intensive care units.

Technion Innovations

Learn more about innovations coming out of the Technion, including an electric plane, 3D plastic coral reefs, liquid foam therapy to treat ARDS, and wireless, electric roads.

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Spotlights

Jacob Ziv and Andrew Viterbi

Donor
Five Extraordinary Years for the Viterbi Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering

In just five short years, his groundbreaking gift has catalyzed impressive new research projects, attracted internationally acclaimed faculty and accomplished students, and much more. Science and innovation moves fast. Thanks to Prof. Viterbi’s generous investment, the Technion can stay five steps ahead, generating the advances that the State of Israel — and our world — depend upon.

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Alumni
The Technion Was My Dream … Period.

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Donor
A Jewel of an Opportunity: Aspiring Female Engineers

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Alumni
A Campus Love Story Spanning Three Continents

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Donor
A Legacy to Support Technion Faculty and Students in Perpetuity

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