Summary: From the President
In December 2009, I participated at the annual event of the French Technion
Society that took place at the Collège de France. The entire day was dedicated
to understanding the secrets of Israel's high-tech phenomenon, and Technion's
major contributions to its performance on international markets.
What, then, is the secret of Technion's success?
Prof. Peretz Lavie
It lies in the fact that during its 85 years of existence, Technion knew how to reinvent itself. During its
first 25 years, Technion trained - in evening classes - more welders, carpenters, and electricians
than engineers. In the 1950s, the aeronautical engineering faculty, the first to be built on the new
Mount Carmel campus, laid the foundation for the Israeli aerospace industry. Twenty-five years later,
Technion established a microelectronics center that led to the development of Israeli high-tech, and
an excellent Faculty of Medicine.
Scientific-technological research in the 21st century is changing before our eyes. This century will be
characterized by an explosion of knowledge doubling in quantity every three to four years, requiring
the cooperation of scientists from diverse areas. Technion's interdisciplinary research centers such
as the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, the Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life
Sciences and Engineering, and the Autonomous Systems Program have crossed traditional borders
and started new scientific dialogues.
This century will be marked by existential questions and our ability to cope with global warming,