Shelley and Ira Taub and their son Alex, of Alpine, and David Schlamm of Franklin Lakes were part of a delegation of American Technion Society members that took part in the recent ATS Discovery Mission 2009 to Israel. A total of $842,000 was pledged to support the Technion during the five-day mission, which ran from Nov. 15 through Nov. 20.
The group received an in-depth tour of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. The university, commonly referred to as “Israel’s MIT,” is known for its landmark achievements in science and technology. The trip ended in Jerusalem. The group of 30 travelers hailed from all corners of the United States.
Highlights from the visit included learning first hand about the many successes in the Technion pathway – from laboratory to marketplace – that are at the root of Israel’s high-tech industries, and how research born at the Technion is commercialized and witnessing the Technion’s role in the global economy through visits with Israeli high-tech companies at MATAM Industrial Park, the largest and oldest business and high-tech park in Israel. MATAM houses leading high-tech companies that include Intel, Elbit Systems, Microsoft, Philips, Google, and Yahoo!