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Technion, By Jane Willoughby, Director of STEM Advancement


Inspiring the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers

SDJA's Jane Willoughby with Technion President Peretz Lavie

SDJA’s Jane Willoughby with Technion President Peretz Lavie

Over the years our seniors have had the exciting opportunity to visit the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa. It is difficult to miss, as it is now surrounded by the world’s leading technology companies: Intel, Google, Microsoft, HP and so many more. They choose to be there because they recognize that the Technion is playing a major role driving the development of new technology for the 21st century. For example, Technion graduates were involved in developing Iron Dome, the robotics exoskeleton, and so much more!

I am on the board of the San Diego chapter of the American Technion Society and was privileged to attend their Presidential Forum in Washington, D.C. last week. This included an opportunity to attend a private briefing at the White House Executive Office and listen to Marjory Blumenthal Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. I also had the opportunity to listen to fascinating speakers, including Seth Siegel, author of the now New York Times’ bestseller “Let

Technion Nano Bible

Technion Nano Bible

There Be water.” To be announced soon is that Seth will be visiting our school for a speaking engagement in December! Finally, I was able to attend the installation of the “nano-Bible” developed by the Technion and now installed at the Smithsonian. This is the Torah written on a microchip the size of a pin head.

Why am I doing this? The reason is quite simple… I am always looking for opportunities for our students; Future collaborations to expose our students to some of the leading minds in the world! As part of our speaker series at SDJA our next speaker on November 18th is Captain Derek Herrera, who, paralyzed in Afghanistan, now walks through the use of an exoskeleton developed by Technion graduates. I believe that building collaborations with groups like this will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers from SDJA.

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