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The term “Technion Family” is used loosely to describe all of the researchers, students and Technion workers, but for the Hiar family from Peki’in, in Northern Israel, it’s a reality: four out of five children in the Druze family are studying at the Technion this year, as well as the fiancés of the two oldest siblings.

In the photo (from right to left): Lina, Alaa, Manar, Majda, Jamal, Majed and Lubna

In the photo (l to r): Lina, Alaa, Manar, Majda, Jamal, Majed and Lubna

The oldest brother, 30-year-old Majed, is a fourth year student in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. After completing his army service, he decided he wanted to start university. “I chose to study at the Technion because of its good reputation and since it was the closest Institute to my home,” he said.

Majed’s younger brother, 25-year-old Alaa, followed in his footsteps and came to study at the Technion. He began his studies following his army service in the artillery unit. “I came for a consultation,” remembers Alaa, “And the challenge at the Technion excited me.”

Following in the footsteps of the two brothers are their fiancés, Lubna and Lina. Lubna (23) will complete her studies this year at the Department of Education in Science and Technology with a degree in biology and environmental studies, and Lina (20) is a second year student in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Management, majoring in production and service systems.

“Ever since high school I’ve wanted to study biology,” relates Lubna. “It’s a field that really interests me and I love it.” Meanwhile, Lina says, “I’m very happy to be studying at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering & Management, because the atmosphere is great and the studies are at a very high level and very interesting.”

Last year, Majda (20) joined the group, following in her older brothers’ footsteps. After completing the pre-university “mechina” studies at the Technion, she joined a teaching degree program at the Department of Education in Science and Technology, in electricity and electronics. “I want to be a college teacher of electricity and electronics,” she said.

At the beginning of this year, her younger sister Manar (18) started her studies at the Technion – at the Faculty of Biology. She wants to be a doctor and hopes to be accepted to the prestigious Faculty of Medicine. She hopes to earn high grades during her first year in biology.

Jamal, their father, is very proud of his children. He was wounded during his military service and circumstances in his life forced him to give up on his dream for higher education. Nonetheless, he and his wife Hedaya instilled in their children the academic dream, and encouraged everyone to fulfill their potential. “It’s not easy to financially support four students at the same time,” says Jamal. “But they are good students, they receive scholarships and they work.”

The fifth brother in the family, Baha (27) had not yet started his academic studies. He is financially supporting his siblings and next year he is planning to start studying if it will be financially feasible.

Four siblings at the Technion is wonderful – on this they all agree. Each one assists the other in the courses they are best at. Sometimes they have meals together, and try to visit home together.  When they all have free time, they spend it together, and during stressful exam periods, when one of them goes home to the village, they return with food and other supplies for everyone (who stayed on campus).

At the end of the year, Majed and Lubna will graduate from the Technion and return home to the village. They plan to get married and find jobs – Lubna wants to teach at a school in Peki’in and Majed will look for a position as a mechanical engineer. “We’ll miss them,” said Alaa, “But I guess we shall all go back to the village in the future, and perhaps even one day found a company together. Together we have the necessary professions needed to start a business, but first it’s very important that we all gain experience in our fields of expertise.”

The following article, which originally appeared on Shma.com, addresses China’s increased commercial and academic clout in Israel, including the recently created Technion Guangdong Institute of Technology. It was written by Sam Chester, an expert on China-Middle East affairs and a graduate of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. His regular commentary on Sino-Middle East issues can be found on Twitter @Shaihuludata.

Sam Chester

Sam Chester

As relations between China and Israel have dramatically expanded in the last few years, several major questions remain unanswered. For starters, China has become every top Israeli leader’s favorite talking point, but the Jewish state remains without a coherent strategy on how to engage the Asian giant. What, in short, is Israel’s China policy? Furthermore, why are trade and investment numbers so low despite all the talk that Israeli innovation is a perfect marriage for Chinese capital and manufacturing? And, finally, how can Israel develop ties with China without sacrificing its long-standing relationship with the United States?

While none of these questions are easily answered, Israel and its supporters are making progress on the first two areas of concern. A coherent China policy may be too much to expect from a governing system that is not known as a bastion of coordinated strategic planning. That said, a new task force led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s top economic advisor, Eugene Kandel, is helping to streamline bilateral interactions around a single agenda based on trade, investment, and cultural exchange. The two governments’ recommitment to boosting commercial ties, coupled with the constant stream of Chinese business delegations to Israel, suggests that trade and investments will continue to improve.

The prognosis for Israel successfully balancing ties with China and the United States is far less promising. When Jerusalem and Beijing first drew close in the late 1990s, Washington broke up the promising relationship over a fear that China was acquiring advanced Israeli weaponry. With Israel and China having ended their weapons business in 2005 under American pressure, security concerns are presumably no longer an issue. But China’s emergence as America’s main global rival means that every encouraging advance in Sino-Israel relations is a setback for U.S. interests in the Jewish state. Or, at least, that is the message communicated in much of the media coverage of Sino-Israel developments.

At the Great Wall

At the Great Wall

Take, for instance, the recent $130 million donation by Chinese billionaire Li Ka-Shing to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Media coverage contrasts the Chinese largess to the academic boycotts launched by Americans and Europeans against Israeli universities. Reports of Israeli venture capital firms establishing new funds with Chinese capital portray American economic strength as faltering since the 2008 financial crisis (in marked contrast to newly energized Chinese investors). And, finally, China’s purported involvement in some of Israel’s most ambitious economic projects — such as exporting Israel’s new offshore gas or building a rail line to bypass the Suez Canal in the Negev Desert — is presented as threatening American interests in the Jewish state.

Political developments between Israel and China are portrayed as even larger setbacks for the United States. When China hosted Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing in May, media coverage suggested that China was seeking to replace the United States as the principal peacemaker between the two sides. When Israel revealed that it would be opening up a sorely needed consulate in the booming western Chinese city of Chengdu, the spin suggested that the Consul General of Israel in Philadelphia would close to provide the needed budget for the new consulate in China. And China’s opposition to American policy in Syria is portrayed as further evidence that, with Beijing’s growing dependence on Arab oil, China will soon become deeply involved in Middle East crises.

Much of this media narrative is heavily exaggerated and quite harmful. It is important to understand clearly that China remains committed to avoiding political entanglement in the Middle East, and its increased commercial and academic clout in Israel is no different than its investments in much of the developed world. More to the point, America remains the critical economic and political partner in Israel and across the Middle East.

A narrative that paints closer ties between Israel and China as undermining American interests is a disservice to all three countries. Fortunately, an alternative narrative readily exists, in which Israel serves as a bridge between East and West, a state that helps the two global powers interact and advance their mutual interests. With a thriving start-up economy, political stability in a region marked by endless turmoil, and a reserve of cultural (if not political) goodwill in both Beijing and Washington, Israel has much to attract both China and the United States. For example, the Chinese gift to the Technion includes building a branch of the esteemed Israeli research center in southern China. With another overseas campus planned for New York City, the Technion is positioning itself as an academic nexus connecting American and Chinese students under the aegis of Israeli know-how. In presenting itself as a conduit between the two global powers, Israel would be reaching back to a narrative that was successful in the 1990s, when the United States initially supported the uptick in Sino-Israel relations and China was all too happy to become friendly with a country it considered highly influential in Washington.

Still, Israel and its supporters are all too familiar with the power of narrative. But when it comes to Israel’s dealings with China, the Jewish state is standing pat while a harmful narrative falsely plays China off the United States. For the benefit of all three counties, this narrative can and should be corrected.

Terry Gardner lives in the global hub of the offshore oil industry — Houston, Texas. He spent 33 years at ExxonMobil and BP developing technology for deepwater oil and gas production. Now retired, he teaches about the technology being used around the world in deepwater projects. So when he learned that the Technion is responding to Israel’s deepwater discoveries by training the nation’s first gas and oil engineers, he volunteered to help make the program a success.

Terry Gardner

Terry Gardner teaching Israel’s first gas and oil engineers during an intensive course at the Technion in deepwater technology.

President of the ATS Houston Chapter since 2007 and a member of the National ATS Board of Directors, Terry provided a generous gift in support of the new Natural Gas and Petroleum Engineering Graduate Program (NG & PE). An aerospace engineer turned deepwater oil and gas engineer, he also traveled to the Technion campus, where he had taught briefly in the 1970s, to teach a course on deepwater drilling and production.

Background

In January 2009, Houston-based Noble Energy, in partnership with several Israeli companies, discovered the Tamar gas field deep beneath the Mediterranean, 50 miles from Haifa. While there had been other small gas and oil discoveries over the decades, Tamar was then the largest to date. That record was quickly broken.

The following year, a natural gas field nearly twice that size was uncovered some 20 miles away and aptly called Leviathan (“great whale” in Hebrew). With an estimated 17 trillion cubic feet of gas, Leviathan became the largest gas reservoir found anywhere in the world over the past decade — and a potential game changer for Israel. Tamar and Leviathan, plus subsequent discoveries, can provide enough natural gas to meet Israel’s domestic energy needs for decades to come, leaving billions of dollars worth of natural gas reserves for export.

“These giant gas discoveries, and a high potential for oil as well, will greatly reduce Israel’s dependence on foreign imports,” Terry says. But Noble Energy is currently providing all the engineering and management for Israel’s developments. “Israel needs to develop its own capability to run such projects. Further, given Israel’s record of advancing technology in so many other fields, there is great opportunity here for Israeli ingenuity.”

“Professor Gardner”

In December 2013, Terry headed to the Technion campus to teach the course on deepwater drilling and production technology that he has developed for his consulting practice. In the Technion graduate program, a semester class is usually taught twice weekly over a 10-12 week period. But when taught by an overseas visiting instructor, it is compressed into an intensive six-day week. Terry recruited a colleague, Mark Ramsey of Texas Drilling Associates, to join him and teach fundamental drilling technology topics.

Their 17 graduate students, ranging in age from 26 to 52 years old, were remarkably responsive and inquisitive. “I admired their drive. Many took time off from work or away from their family at their own expense because they had a personal ambition to do something new,” Terry says. They recognized they were unlikely to find related work quickly in Israel because Israel is still a small player on the global scene. “But they don’t worry about having to see the future clearly before they start moving towards it. That’s the way Israel works,” he says. “With the potential for further large discoveries in the eastern Mediterranean, likely including oil, Israel may find a niche in this global industry. These engineers sense there will be opportunities for Israel innovators in deepwater oil and gas technology.”

The students invited Terry and Mark out to dinner on two occasions. Another evening, they dined with Professors Gideon Grader, head of the Grand Technion Energy Program, and Yoed Tsur, Director of The Interdisciplinary Energy Graduate Study Program, home to the NG & PE Program. “The class went very well and we got nice ratings from the appreciative students,” Terry said upon his return.

Young and Restless

Terry studied Engineering Mechanics in the early 1960s, earning his bachelors and master’s degrees at Cornell University and his doctorate from University of California, Los Angeles. “Not happy in the U.S. and trying to figure out who I was, I spent a few months in Spain,” he relates. He learned Spanish, but still unfulfilled, moved to Israel. He joined an Ulpan program at Kibbutz Hanita on the Lebanese border, where he spent half the day studying Hebrew and the remainder working in the fields.

After the Ulpan, he landed a job at Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI), and during that period also taught occasionally in the Technion’s Aeronautics Department. Living in Tel Aviv, he met and married a young Sabra named Shifra. Two years later they moved to California, where he worked in the aerospace industry while Shifra taught Hebrew. In 1976, they moved to Houston when Terry got a job as a Research Advisor for ExxonMobil Upstream Research Co.

“I always had very fond memories of my experience at Technion” he says. So when Terry met Hershel Rich, Houston’s iconic Technion supporter, he too became involved. “The Technion is enormously attractive as a contributor to Israel’s security and global image for medical advances, innovation and entrepreneurial growth. It’s very satisfying to be associated with such a successful enterprise.”

Terry Gardner and Mark Ramsey with students of the Technion Natural Gas and Petroleum Engineering Graduate Program (NG & PE).

Terry Gardner and Mark Ramsey with students of the Technion Natural Gas and Petroleum Engineering Graduate Program (NG & PE).

Adam Rubinsohn, a Temple University student from Newtown, PA was unofficially proclaimed a “citizen of Israel” in Nepal in August.

Although he has never been to Israel, Adam Rubinsohn, a Temple University student from Newtown, PA, was unofficially proclaimed a “citizen of Israel” in Nepal this past August. Rubinsohn, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, spent part of his summer break in Nepal with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology chapter of the international organization Engineers Without Borders (EWB). The Technion, located in Haifa, established its EWB chapter in 2007 to give engineering students the opportunity to use their skills to help improve lives in developing nations. The work was challenging, but Rubinsohn still managed to find time to consume what he describes as inordinate amounts of hummus made by the Israeli students. So much so that they declared he had passed the immigration test and was now a real Israeli.

His journey began in Philadelphia where he was invited to an American Technion Society dinner hosted by the organization’s associate director, Linda Richman, the mother of a friend. At the dinner, he met Professor Mark Talesnick of the Technion’s Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who founded the EWB chapter at the university.

“The EWB chapter at Temple is still in the early stages and isn’t ready to send students overseas,” Rubinsohn says. “The Technion chapter offered me the best opportunity to travel abroad away from an academic setting and learn to work with others to help bring technology to people who don’t have access to it because of lack of basic infrastructure.”

Along with ten students from the Technion, Adam and 25 students from other schools around the world participated in the Technion’s EWB program in Nepal. In the village of Dapcha Khanaltok, Rubinsohn and his team worked with the local population to assess their agricultural and transportation problems.  Rubinsohn says, “EWB taught us that you have to talk to the people and find out what they really need, not what outsiders think they need.”

The team also spent time at the Katmandu University campus in Dhulikhel where they analyzed their findings and collected secondary data to determine the best solutions based on what they had observed and what the villagers had told them. These included suggestions for implementing drip irrigation, fog harvesting, and establishing a car-sharing co-operative.

“I think we made a difference,” Rubinsohn says.  “We gathered a lot of information for the villagers, who are very capable people, and they will really be able to use the technical knowledge that we gave to them.”

The Nepal experience confirmed Rubinsohn’s goal to work in the field of renewable energy.  He says, “In the winter in Nepal, you can be in a blackout up to 14 hours a day, so I’d really like to get into solar or wind power which is crucial to trying to build electrical capacity in the developing world.”

Another goal of his is to visit Israel. He says, “After working with the Technion, I want nothing other than to work with them again. It’s a great university and a great faculty.” And according to the Technion students he worked with in Nepal, his incredible humus consumption has already made him a citizen.

The Technion hosted the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra June 5, 2013, for an afternoon of lively discussions culminating in a concert performed with Conductor Federico Cortese. Gabe Walker, who plays the viola for the collegiate orchestra and just graduated from Harvard as a biology major, shared his thoughts about the visit. 

Summer break had just begun, and I was already back at school.

Gabe Walker

Gabe Walker

Along with nearly 70 friends from the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra (HRO), I was visiting the Technion for a day to explore, discuss, and perform. The HRO has been touring internationally for years, but never before had a group traveled in the Middle East. This hot day in June was the halfway point of a 12-day, whirlwind trip that took us through Tel Aviv, Nazareth, Haifa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Wadi Rum, and Amman. HRO tours are planned to be not only musically vibrant, but socially conscious and culturally aware; this tour was more than a string of concerts with tourist sites connecting the dots. Our itinerary included a diverse selection of locations, round-table discussions and presentations from musicians and educators, and musical collaborations with local performers. The Technion was a natural choice for a meaningful visit. By connecting with one of the most renowned universities in Israel, we hoped to learn from and interact with fellow college students, and to perform for a welcoming, appreciative audience.

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The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra performs at the Technion

Our day began with a campus tour. My guide was a chipper architecture student, happily poking fun at the stereotypes associated with different majors while weaving in dates and facts about the university. As we ourselves wove through circles of gregarious students lounging on the grass with coffee and cigarettes, a shimmering view of Haifa bay in the distance, we came upon a familiar sight. The main boulevard was abuzz with a job fair, students rushing from tent to tent engaged in lively chatter, filling out information cards and scrambling for free popsicle vouchers.

After the tour, we reconvened for the discussion portion of the afternoon. Mr. Daniel Shapiro, the Head of Public Affairs and a fellow American, gave us a hearty welcome and brief introduction to the Technion’s prominence in Israel and the world. A presentation by the group “Stand With Us” followed, chronicling Israeli history and its culture of innovation. Finally, we broke into small groups led by two Technion students, and concluded the session with a fascinating chat. During more than 45 minutes of question-and-answer, we learned that the average Technion student is in his or her mid-twenties as a freshman—already decided on a major and serious about a specific course of study. Maybe that focus, I thought, accounted for the academic stereotypes that my guide had joked about earlier. From my experience, American students tend to dabble in different disciplines, settling on a major only after a year or two of college. Our group leaders also mentioned the incredible rigor of Technion classes: we were surprised that it wasn’t unusual for a Technion student to retake a class in order to master the material and obtain credit. A few of the HRO members in my session also plied our presenters with tough questions about how race, identity and politics played out in the classroom. It was refreshing to hear that learning eclipsed all else; Technion students’ pursuit of knowledge supersedes the distracting vicissitudes of regional affairs.

Finally, it was our turn to share. Our concert program consisted of two Beethoven works: his dramatic Leonore Overture No. 3 and monumental Violin Concerto, with one of our own as soloist. The packed Churchill Auditorium had a diverse audience, from Technion students and administrators to members of the surrounding community. Rumor has it that a former HRO concertmistress (from the 1950s!) was in attendance, now in her eighties and living in Haifa. It was a privilege to perform at the Technion, where the arts have an important place alongside scholarly pursuits. The friendly, candid and intelligent dialogue in which we participated was also a testament to the importance of open academic institutions. In the international market of cultural exchange, music and knowledge are universal currencies. At the Technion we had the lucky opportunity to trade with both.

Moved by her experiences during her first ATS Mission to the Technion, Diana Stein Judovits, who joined the ATS family in February as Director of the ATS Western Region, wrote this heartfelt note to the members of her local Board of Directors.   

Diana Stein Judovits (r) with Shirley Ashkenas of Los Angeles and Prof. Arthur Grunwald, at his lab in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.

Diana Stein Judovits (r) with Shirley Ashkenas of Los Angeles and Prof. Arthur Grunwald, at his lab in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.

I am sitting outside the dining room of the Dan Carmel Hotel on Saturday afternoon. The weather is warm with a slight breeze and I am surrounded by children and families having fun by the pool, speaking Hebrew and making the most of Shabbat. One family just broke out into a powerful rendition of Hayom Yom Huledet to celebrate the birthday of their beautiful 8 year-old little girl as they lifted her in her chair.

From the moment I stepped onto the plane, I have felt part of an extended family.

I have been in Israel for just over a week — an incredible week. I came for the 2nd half of the ATS Expedition to Spain and Israel, and am here now to participate in the meetings of the Technion’s International Board of Governors.

But the reason I am writing is to let you know what an honor it is to work in partnership with you to make sure that the Technion continues to thrive.

This is my first trip to this incredible institution, and it has been inspiring. President Lavie opened our program by thanking everyone at ATS for their (your) incredible generosity, and laying out the challenges and opportunities that we face to ensure that the Technion remains competitive as a world-class institution.

We then spent several days meeting students and members of the faculty, visiting labs, learning about cutting edge research in medicine, science, defense technologies and much, much more. We witnessed the powerful nexus of science and entrepreneurship as we visited several “Start Ups” that are working to take the research from Technion labs to the Israeli Marketplace. AIT, for example, is developing immunological treatments for multiple forms of cancer, based on the research of Professor Yoram Reiter. Nanospun Technologies is manufacturing a fibrous material that can soak up oil spills and purify water.

We also toured several companies that are global leaders in defense and diagnostics and medical applications – all of whom employ Technion alumni and develop products whose roots can be traced to Technion laboratories.

It has been remarkable to immerse myself in this ecosystem of innovation — to witness the Technion’s role in this “Start Up Nation.”  And everywhere I went I saw labs and buildings and sculptures that were paid for with your generosity. I met students that were able to attend because of the scholarship money you provided. I spoke with scientists who are immersed in finding answers to the challenges Israel faces, and who are grateful to you for making it happen.

So I want to say: thank you. Thank you for your leadership. Thank you for your vision. And thank you for your generosity.

Last evening, President Lavie introduced us to several of the 101 new faculty members that have been recently recruited from world-class universities. They could have gone to a number of top institutions, but chose the Technion. These young, brilliant professors are the future Nobel Laureates. They are the inventors of the next “Iron Dome.” They are the people who will find the answers to global challenges. And they are a part of the Technion family.

When Peretz concluded his remarks, he thanked everyone for coming and simply said, “We love you.” Only in Israel would the president of such a prestigious institution welcome his international board with those words. But this is no ordinary university, and this is no ordinary country. It is our home away from home. And we are all an extended family.

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) is a forum created by President Bill Clinton to encourage students to develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Technion student Adi Hanuka, who is starting a Master’s program in electrical engineering, was invited to attend after submitting an idea to develop a software project to teach autistic children how to take care of themselves. Her design combines Kinect (Microsoft’s motion sensing device) with other educational/behavioral methods of autism therapy.

Below is Adi’s account of the event, held at Washington University in St. Louis in early April.

CGIU Experience- Adi Hanuka

April 5 —  I arrived in St. Louis and had lunch with my sponsor, the McDonnell International Scholars Academy. Elad Gilboa, a PhD student from the Technion, who is also sponsored by them, gave me a tour of campus.

blog may 2013 2My grandmother told me she likes President Clinton and she will be happy to see a picture of us together, and as a good granddaughter I want to please my nani :). Moreover, before coming to the conference I said to myself there is no way I am flying so many miles and don’t shake his hand!

The doors were supposed to open at 17:45, so at 17:20 I went there and saw a group of 5. We stood together to hopefully get to be first into the room. The Americans have a natural skill in lining up … so eventually we found ourselves heading a line of a km!! :))
At 18:30, the Event started- I was soooo excited about being part of such a huge event!!! It was really inspiring — Clinton’s speech and the panel he held with Jack Dorsey, the Twitter founder; inventor and writer William Kamkwamba; Zainab Salbi, Writer and Founder of Women for Women International, and Kenneth Cole.

BLog May 2013 3Clinton has amazing charisma!! One sentence has been engraved in my heart: “The saddest people in my class are not those people who failed, even failed repeatedly, the saddest people are those who did not chase their dreams”.

We had a group photo and I stood right next to Bill and Chelsea Clinton. At first her bodyguard didn’t let me get close to her, but I said, “Chelsea, Chelsea I came from Israel!!” Then she said, “who is from Israel?” I pointed, and her bodyguard let me get closer!! I got my name tag signed by Bill, and a picture with Chelsea!

April 6 — I went to the skills session, and sat next to an Arab student. His commitment is to take poetry made in Hebron and sell it in the US in order to widen the income of his country.

I did lots of great networking, and heard many amazing commitments. One example I really liked was a football that charges a battery while the kids are playing. In that way, in a 3-hour game, a village in South Africa has electricity for 3 hours at night!!

The CLOSING PLENARY SESSION was hosted by Stephen Colbert. It was a great show! In the evening, Elad and his family invited us to Mimona celebrations (to mark the end of Passover) in the Jewish community. It was a great evening!

April 7

CGIU hosted a morning of community service at Gateway STEM High School to give back to the community: renovating an African-American school in the city. For 3 hours we volunteered painting walls, cleaning classrooms, gardening, planting. We had to take out the entire weeds around the school, turn up the dirt and plant new plants.

After 1 hour of working, while I was taking a huge weed bag to the corner, President Clinton came to our group and saw me taking this bag all Clinton Adialone. He stopped and told the guys “help her” but I smiled and responded, “it is ok! Israel Army,” I said proudly. He waited till I put the bag down, shook my hand, gave me a hug and asked me where I am from and what was my job in the army. All the media were around us, so I got on my toes to get to his ear and whispered: “Intelligence” …
It was so amazing to meet one of America’s presidents. 

I am so happy to have been a part of CGIU and hope that its legacy of innovation and inspiration will continue here at the Technion. It was extremely humbling for me to be included amongst such a great group of young people, but what’s really going to define us is how we turn our ideas into reality. I will end with an inspiring phrase to remind us of our potential: “If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.” — Anita Roddick (1942-2007)

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