Markels Inaugurate Meeting Room at Engineering Faculty

The generous move symbolizes the donors’ personal connection to Tel Aviv University
07 November 2021
Dr. Shlomo & Arielle Markel (top second and third from left) at the opening ceremony with Prof. Yossi Rosenwaks, Dean of Engineering (top left) and Faculty staff & researchers. Photo: Ofer Amram

In an intimate inauguration ceremony, TAU benefactors Dr. Shlomo Markel and Mrs. Arielle Markel welcomed staff and students to the meeting room they dedicated at the recently opened Susan & Henry Samueli Engineering Building.


The room, which will serve the diverse activities of TAU’s Fleischman Faculty of Engineering, is a “personal touch” donation by the Markel family, committed friends of the University. Dr. Shlomo Markel holds an honorary doctorate from TAU and serves on the University’s Board of Governors. He is the former Chairman of the Board of both Ramot, TAU’s technology transfer arm, and TAU Ventures, its VC fund, and today serves as the Jewish and Israel Philanthropy Director at the Samueli Foundation.


Arielle and I believe that this room, which has two floor-to-ceiling windows facing the campus, is symbolic of our relationship with the University, which we feel is our home and our family,” said Dr. Markel. “We wanted a physical reminder of this personal connection, which will live on and serve generations of students to come.”


Mrs. Markel, who worked for more than 25 years in special education, added that, in their family, they firmly believe in the saying, “Well done is better than well said,” and that the Markel Meeting Room and Samueli Building epitomize this adage.


Prof. Ariel Porat, TAU President, said, “The fact that the Markel family, beside their invaluable help and advice, have decided to personally dedicate a physical space at the University—this personal touch—is very moving.”


During the inauguration, Prof. Yossi Rosenwaks, Dean of Engineering, introduced new researchers who recently started working at TAU after returning from doctoral studies at Harvard, Stanford, MIT and Yale. “The Arielle and Shlomo Markel Meeting Room will provide them, as well as other engineering faculty and students, with a comfortable and modern space to discuss ideas, show presentations or participate in lectures,” he said.



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