The Technion, according to its president, is among ten universities that have changed their countries’ economy. The Technion graduates are the ones who made it happen in Israel. In the 1960’s, there were delegations of engineers who traveled to Africa to establish the foundation of modern agriculture, and today Israel is known as a technological leader and is referred to as the Startup Nation. All this happened thanks to an education that promotes science, engineering and technology.
We, the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, the only one of its kind in Israel, own a significant part of this accomplishment – we are actually the skeleton on which the Israel Aircraft Industries grew to become a significant element in the defense industry.
In the past year, I have visited leading industries in the country: Israel Aerospace Industries, Rafael, Elbit, and IMI Systems, the Israeli industries that manufacture the G280 jet, the Iron Dome, the Magic Wand, the Arrow, and various unmanned aircraft, a field in which Israel is considered to be one of the world leaders. During these visits, I was repeatedly told that our outstanding alumni are the backbone of professional leadership in these industries. This fact is directly derived from our education attitude, which nurtures our graduates to become “Balanced Engineers,” by combining a wide variation of subjects, including: Aero and Fluid dynamics, Propulsion, Structures, Fundamentals in Space Engineering, Flight Mechanics, Design, and System Engineering. Such an attitude enables our graduates to design and work with Flying Systems, Autonomous Systems, and Unmanned Air-Vehicles. In addition, the students are given the opportunity to deepen their studies in each of the above fields, as well as in related subjects, such as Estimation, Navigation and Guidance, Propulsion of all kinds, Helicopters, Aeroelasticity, Aeroacoustics, Space Mechanics and more. The systemic vision given our graduates allows them to exercise their skills and knowledge in various and seemingly unrelated industries, such as bio-medical industry, where a combined knowledge of fluid mechanics, structure and control is necessary.
Recently, an international committee made up of top experts in the field of aerospace engineering, was appointed by the management of the Technion to assess the quality of the faculty in accordance with international standards. This committee noted the excellence of our students and the high level of our faculty members. The committee was impressed by the tremendous contribution our graduates have made to the state over the years, by the international recognition faculty members receive, and by our excellent and dedicated students, who have a true passion for aviation. They were so profoundly impressed, that one of the committee members, coming from one of the three leading universities in the field in the USA, asked to find a joint mechanism which could attract our graduates to continue their graduate studies in his institution.
Lately, we have been witnessing tremendous changes in the field of aviation, including autonomous aircraft, small and large, flying at different altitudes, which are becoming part of our daily lives. These aircraft can operate individually or be programmed to fly in a flock. In addition to the smart pre-design of conventional airplanes for achieving long-range, long stay and high speed, these autonomous aircraft have to be provided with an independent “brain.” The combination of these requirements opens up new horizons for civil aviation, for the establishment of small companies and the growing integration of computing and aeronautics.
Although it has been nearly half a century since the first human landing on the moon, the field of space engineering is still in its infancy, and it is open to new challenging engineering initiatives such as SpaceIL.
I invite you, dear candidates, to join the family of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. We are a family – that’s what our graduates keep telling me in our final feedback meeting, where they summarize their study experience and comment on their interaction with faculty members. Together we will promote the vision of the faculty to be a world-class academic center in aeronautics and astronautics and a hub for expanding the boundaries of knowledge and spreading of ideas and knowledge in aerospace science and engineering.
See you soon,