Why Technion:


Technion is regarded as one of the leading institutes in engineering and science in the world, ranking 44 in engineering and technology by the 2015 Shanghai Academic Rankings of World Universities. Since its founding in 1912, Technion has remained a place dedicated to pioneering new technologies and where creative individuals continually strive to anticipate the needs of emerging technologies and science.

The university is home to a prominent faculty, among them three recent Nobel laureates, with a long list of notable alumni including engineers, scientists, physicians, professors, and entrepreneurs. Technion recently ranked in 6th place in the world for creating a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem by the first ever comprehensive survey performed by MIT and the Skolkovo Innovation Center (2013). Indeed, Technion has played a leading role in fostering Israel’s “Start-Up Nation” economy.

Further indications of the institute’s withstanding tradition for fostering innovation and technological readiness are related to other exceptional rankings and facts:

  • Technion placed 18th in the field of computer science for the third year in a row, according to the 2015 Shanghai Rankings
  • Technion was listed #18 among the top universities that produced VC-backed founders on a global scale, tied in this spot with Princeton (for its 119 undergraduates-cum-entrepreneurs)
  • Bloomberg ranked Technion in 7th place for producing CEOs of American tech companies with a net worth of over $1 billion, tied with MIT, Rice University, and the University of Texas (2013)
  •  “Business Insider” placed two Technion women alumnae on its 2014 list of 22 of the Most Powerful Women Engineers in the world, namely, Dr. Yoelle Maarek, who heads Yahoo Labs in India and Israel, and Tamar Bercovici, senior engineer manager of Backend Engineering at Box.
  • Technion graduates are leading 59 of 121 Israeli companies on NASDAQ, which have a combined market value of over $28 billion

Below are some outstanding achievements and international research breakthroughs spearheaded by Technion scientists and graduates:

  • Israel’s first Nobel prizes in science were awarded to Technion faculty. Today, the university has 3 Nobel laureates among its faculty, and one Nobel alumnus. The 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko, two Technion professors, and their colleague Prof. Irwin Rose for their discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation, then in 2010, Prof. Dan Shechtman received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of a new class of matter – quasicrystals and in 2013, Technion graduate Prof. Ariel Warshel received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with Profs. Michael Levitt and Martin Karplus for the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.
  •  Technion has the highest number of foreign associates in the US National Academy of Engineering
    • Technion graduates working at RAFAEL Armament Development Authority, introduced Iron Dome – one of the world’s first effective missile defense systems that has since saved civilian lives from rocket attacks.
    • Technion graduate, Dr. Amit Goffer, developed ReWalk – a robotic suit that brings paraplegics the ability to walk, climb stairs and drive.
    • Technion Profs. Abraham Lempel, Jacob Ziv, and US colleague Terry Welch created the Lempel-Ziv-Welch (LZW) algorithm – a universal lossless data compression algorithm used in pdf, JPG, tiff, png and zip file formats.
    • Technion Professor Hossam Haick from the Department of Chemical Engineering introduced a breath test for early cancer detection using advanced nanosensors.
    • Dr. Kira Radinsky is putting her events prediction software, which she developed during her doctoral studies at the Technion, in her co-founded Sales Predict startup. Radinsky was recently named one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35 by MIT Technology Review.
    • Technion graduate, Dov Moran, founder and Chairman of M-Systems, introduced the disk-on-key (USB Flash Drive).
    • Technion graduate Dr. Kobi Vortman, founder and President of InSightec, envisioned the next generation operating room – one where non-invasive ultrasound replaces the surgeon’s knife.
    • Technion Professors Moussa Youdim and John Finberg from the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, developed Azilect® for treating Parkinson’s disease, together with Teva Pharmaceuticals.
    • Technion Professoer Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor, in partnership with researchers at the University of Wisconsin were the first to cultivate human embryonic stem cells. Technion currently has over 25 ongoing stem-cell related projects.
  • Dr. Shulamit Levenberg of the Technion’s Biomedical Engineering Faculty, was chosen by the prestigious journal Scientific American as one of the 50 leading scientists of 2006 as a result of her development of a system for creating new heart tissue with its own blood supply to replace cardiac tissue damaged by heart disease.
  • Technion Professor Moti  Segev is world renowned for his research and powerful insights on solitons in photonic lattices – what is transforming the applications of light waves in high-tech industries.
  • Technion Professor Ilan Marek and his research group from the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry demonstrated how using conceptually new chemical approaches can efficiently solve the synthesis of complex molecular architecture – completely changing common perception of molecular design.
  • Technion Professor Yonina Eldar, from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, showed how low-rate data conversion schemes in signal processing break the fundamental Nyquist-Shannon barrier – applications include communications, digital devices, cell phones, digital storage, and medical imaging.
  • The Technion Formula Student Team competed for two consecutive years (2013, 2014) in the Formula SAE championship in Italy (entered in the international circuit). They were awarded with a trophy for “Best Style and Execution” by the Fiat Group in the 2014 race. It was also crowned the team that showed the greatest improvement since 2013, when Technion achieved the highest rank among rookie teams.
  • Scientists from Technion’s Nano-Technology Research Center developed the nano-Bible, printed on an area the size of a pinhead. It was presented to Pope Francis by Israeli president Shimon Peres in 2013.
  • Technion Professor Avner Rothschild from the Faculty of Materials Engineering developed a novel method using rust and solar power to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, which leads to more efficient storage of solar energy in hydrogen-based fuels.
  • Technion Professor Shimon Gepstein from the Faculty of Biology developed a generic technology that allows plants to grow using as little as 50% of the optimal water requirement with no yield loss.
  • The late Professor Asher Peres was a distinguished Technion professor who is known as one of the fathers of quantum teleportation.
  • Seven Technion scientists were among the 300 most promising scientists of the European Union for 2008. Each received a research grant of 1 million Euros – the largest number of researchers from a single Israeli academic institute that has made this prestigious list.
  • In 2005, Technion researchers succeeded in creating in the laboratory new organic semiconductors based on a peptide structure (artificial proteins).
  • Technion Professors Uri Sivan, Erez Braun and Yoav Eichen pioneered a method to use DNA stands to self-assemble in conductive wire (nano transistor) 1,000 times thinner than a human hair as early as 1998.
  • Technion students launched the Gurwin Techsat II Student Microsatellite in 1998 – one of few worldwide in which students designed, built and launched their own satellite into space.
  • Technion researchers found genetic proof that all Jews belonging to the Jewish priestly caste known as “Kohanim” are descended from the same father, apparently the Biblical priest, Aaron. The study was published in the journal “Nature” in 1997.