All-Access Mission Offers Insider's View of TAU
Thirty-two young professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders from the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Brazil, Israel and the UK joined together to participate in TAU’s All-Access Global Visionaries Mission. The mission offered an insider’s view of the University as well as access to exclusive sites in Israel, highlighting TAU's impact, with the goal of strengthening the University's connection with the younger generation.
Upon arrival, participants attended a private dinner in the home of TAU benefactors, the Shmeltzer family. They were welcomed by TAU President Joseph Klafter; Chairman of the Board of Governors Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel; and Chairman of the Executive Council Dr. Giora Yaron.
The next day, the group visited Israel's Aerospace Industries to view drone technology and satellites with Major-General (Ret.) Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel, Director of TAU’s Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center and Founding Director and Head of TAU’s Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science Technology and Security. The mission visited Core Photonics, the pioneer of dual camera technologies for mobile devices founded by TAU's Vice Dean of Engineering, Prof. David Mendlovic. After lunch looking over the beautiful sea cliffs of Hadera, the group visited Cyber Gym, a global leader in cyber defense solutions and creator of the cyber "training gym." The day culminated with a lively night out in Tel Aviv.
The next morning the group enjoyed a lineup of Ted-style talks by Dean of the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences Prof. Daniel Chamovitz, Prof. Tal Dvir also from the Life Sciences, Prof. Gal Oestreicher-Singer of the Coller School of Management and Prof. Asher Susser of the Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities, on topics ranging from nanotechnology to Middle East politics and the sensory system of plants. The afternoon included visits to the laboratories of Dr. Adi Barzel and Dr. Dinorah Friedmann-Morvinski of the Department of Biochemistry, and the Curiosity Lab headed by Dr. Goren Gordon of the Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering. Mission members were then treated to a pre-opening tour of TAU's new Steinhardt Museum of Natural History lead by the museum chair Prof. Tamar Dayan.
All-Access Group in the Curiosity Lab of the Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering
Canadian participant Po On Yeung commented on her personal experience: "The diversity of fields we were exposed to – from physical sciences to social sciences – was fascinating." The mission ended on a high note immediately followed by TAU's annual the Board of Governors Meeting. Participants left eager to return to campus and to work in their local TAU Friends Associations to strengthen TAU's global community.