Technion – Israel Institute of Technology celebrated in 2012 the 100th anniversary of the cornerstone laying of its original, historic building in Haifa, marking the beginning of a remarkable enterprise. In 1924, Israel’s first university, Technion, began the historic task of preparing young men and women to build a new nation with one workshop and 17 students. Since then, Technion has been Israel’s leading source of technological manpower and the nation’s primary academic center for advanced scientific and technological education, as well as applied research.
Technion has awarded more than 90,000 degrees, and the engineers, scientists, doctors, and architects who have graduated from Technion have literally built Israel’s infrastructure and propelled its social and economic development. Technion has been a major force behind Israel's emergence as one of the greatest concentrations of high-tech startup companies anywhere in the world - the "Start-Up Nation." Often referred to as "the M.I.T. of Israel", Technion's international reputation for science, technology and innovation was dramatically affirmed by the City of New York, who selected the Technion and Cornell University to establish a new applied science institution in New York, the heart of which will be the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute.
Technion’s 18 faculties command a worldwide reputation for their pioneering work in a full range of 21st century disciplines, including regenerative medicine and stem cell research, aerospace, microelectronics, communications, computer science, superconductivity, fiber optics, optoelectronics, water resource development and management, catalysis, nanotechnology, biotechnology, the life sciences, management and more. By bringing together talented researchers in diverse fields, Technion creates a synergy that continues to improve the quality of life on the planet.
In addition to its strong scientific and engineering base, Technion is one of only a handful of technology institutes in the world with an affiliated medical school. Technion is uniquely positioned to drive discovery and practical applications because it has a blend of science, medicine, and engineering that enables each field to catalyze research in the others.
Over the years, Technion has become well recognized for its scientific and technological breakthroughs. The file compression algorithm used for “zipping” files was developed by Prof. Abraham Lempel from Computer Science and Prof. Jacob Ziv from Electrical Engineering, and has become an international standard for data compression, and an IEEE Milestone for which both its inventors were awarded the IEEE Hamming Medal. The PHP web language rewritten by Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans as a student project, became a world standard, and was later commercialized by Zend Technologies which they founded upon graduation. The Azilect® drug for Parkinson's disease was developed by Prof. Moussa Youdim and Prof. John Finberg, and is currently sold by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries all over the world.
The Nobel Prizes in Chemistry received by distinguished Professor Dan Shechtman, from the Faculty of Materials Engineering in 2011 for his discovery of quasicrystals, and by distinguished Professors Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanove,r from the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in 2004 for their discovery of ubiquitin are a definitive demonstration of the Technion’s collective strengths and innovation-stimulating environment.
The Technion's 100 years of influence on Israel and the world is summed up in Prof. Shlomo Maital and Prof. Amnon Frenkel's "Technion Nation –Technion Contribution to Israel and The World" research was conducted at the Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology.
To read the booklet "Technion Nation" click here: http://www.neaman.org.il/Neaman2011/Templates/ShowPage.asp?DBID=1&TMID=581&LNGID=1&FID=646&IID=9901
Technion Nation - Building Israel the Start-Up Nation