Technion Alumni Contribution to Science and Israel

  • In 2013, Technion graduate Distinguished 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.
  • In 2011, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.