The Technion Council elected Prof. Uri Sivan of the Faculty of Physics as the next president of Technion. Prof. Sivan will commence his term as President of Technion on 1 October 2019 and will replace the outgoing President Prof. Peretz Lavie, who will complete his term after a decade in office. A physicist by training, Prof. Sivan is a renowned lecturer in Israel and abroad. He was awarded numerous prizes including the Mifal Hapais Landau Prize for the Sciences and Research, the Rothschild Foundation Bruno Prize, the US-Israel BSF Bergmann Award, the Technion’s Hershel Rich Innovation Award, and the Taub Award for Excellence in Research.
His research has led to patents and industrial applications. Recently, an Israeli start-up company was established in the field of single cell analysis for cancer diagnostics, based on the technology developed in Prof. Sivan’s lab.
Prof. Sivan is the founding director of the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Research Institute (RBNI), which he headed between 2005 and 2010. RBNI has led the scientific revolution in nanotechnology at Technion and has placed the university at the forefront of global research in the field. RBNI made headlines when Prof. Sivan and Dr. Ohad Zohar engraved the entire Hebrew Bible onto a tiny silicon chip. The establishment of RBNI spearheaded the development of Israel’s national nanotechnology programme, and together with centers established in other Israeli universities, has positioned the country as one of the world leaders in nanotechnology.
Recently, Prof. Sivan was also appointed the head of the National Advisory Committee for Quantum Science and Technology set up by Israel’S Council for Higher Education’s Planning and Budgeting Committee.