MIT-ISRAEL PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORT 2016-2017 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF IMPACT
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
MIT INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES
MIT-ISRAEL: CELEBRATING A DECADE OF IMPACT
Christine Ortiz Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Founding Faculty Director email@example.com Eran Ben-Joseph Department Head & Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning Faculty Director firstname.lastname@example.org David Dolev Assistant Director, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) Managing Director, MISTI MIT-Israel email@example.com
Kylie Fisher Program Coordinator 2014-2017, MISTI MIT-Israel
Samantha Quint Program Coordinator, MISTI MIT-Israel firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLE OF CONTENTS Overview ......................................................................................................................................1 MIT-Israel at a Glance ..................................................................................................................4 Preparation, Training and Education ...........................................................................................5 Four Areas of Activity ..................................................................................................................6 Student Internship Experiences ..................................................................................................8 Global Teaching Labs ..................................................................................................................16 Host Remarks ..............................................................................................................................19 Additional In-Country Activities ..................................................................................................20 Global Classrooms: Industrial Urbanism, Places of Production .................................................21 Ashdod (Department of Urban Studies and Planning) and Israel Lab (MIT Sloan Action Learning). Both in collaboration with MIT-Israel. MISTI Global Seed Funds ............................................................................................................23 Events ..........................................................................................................................................26 Looking Forward to Another 10 Years: Evaluation and Future Plans..........................................27 Host Companies and Institutions ...............................................................................................28 Donor Acknowledgements .........................................................................................................29 Further Acknowledgements .......................................................................................................30
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF IMPACT
“We push past the edges of human understanding. We make new ways of seeing, and we see new ways of making. We inspire our extraordinary students, and they inspire us right back. We take on great challenges. And through clear-eyed, hands-on problem solving, we deliver new knowledge, new tools, new seekers, and new solutions — and we open wild new frontiers.” -MIT President L. Rafael Reif
Over the past 10 years, the MIT-Israel Program has established itself as a bridge between Israel and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over 690 MIT students have interned, taught and conducted research in Israel. They return to campus with new perspectives and vital skills to thrive in our increasingly globalized world. The MISTI MIT-Israel program has grown in numbers, depth of the cultural and educational process, cross-campus collaborations and diversity of opportunities: from 15 students in the summer of 2008 to 113 students traveling in the 2016-2017 academic year.
support and enrichment, and continued opportunities for engagement and learning. Hands-on international experiences provide numerous educational benefits to broaden and deepen students’ academic, cultural, personal, intercultural and professional knowledge, skills and perspectives.
MIT-Israel is part of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). Founded in 1983, MISTI provides MIT students with high quality, substantive professional, teaching and research experiences in international companies, universities, research institutes and high schools. MISTI has sent over 9,500 students abroad to date and currently sends over 1,200 students annually to 25+ countries. Students are provided with a unique programmatic infrastructure that provides comprehensive pre-departure preparation, a personalized placement process, in-country 1
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF IMPACT MISTI also promotes collaboration between MIT faculty members and their international counterparts, advancing MIT’s outreach efforts through partnerships with international companies, universities and research institutions. MISTI MIT-Israel Seed Funds can lead to additional grants and the development of valuable long-term relationships between Israeli and MIT faculty. Winners are encouraged to include MIT students in their projects. Since the inception of the program in Israel, 23 seed funds have been awarded since 2014, with nine collaborative projects funded in 2016-2017.
This year’s 113 MIT-Israel students represented the wide array of program offerings: • 37 students interned in Israeli companies, start-ups, NGOs, government, universities, and research institutes • 24 created and taught hands-on STEM and entrepreneurship classes and seminars to Israeli high-schoolers • 31 students consulted for Israeli start-ups in collaboration with the Sloan School of Management Action Learning program
Israel, like MIT, is a global leader and a center of innovation and entrepreneurship. Looking back over the past decade, it is astounding to see the deep and real impact of students’ experiences in Israel. It is our pleasure to present a detailed annual report to share a wide perspective of our accomplishments and future goals.
• 6 students visited Israel as part of a for-credit course in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) • 15 participated in in-country workshops
All of these students (with the exception of short-term workshop participants) took part in rigorous cultural preparation to develop deep understanding of Israeli culture, history and a nuanced understanding of the region.
WHY ISRAEL IN 2017, ISRAEL RANKED GLOBALLY:
Innovation R&D Intensity Venture Capital Availability
High-Tech Density Quality of Scientific Research Institutions University-Industry Collaboration in R&D
Capacity for Innovation
Availability of the Latest Technologies
Source: Bloomberg 2017 Innovation Index and World Economic Forum: The Global Competitiveness Report 2016-17
In its short 69 years, Israel has emerged as a global leader in autonomous car technology, biomedical development, biotechnology, clean-tech, cybersecurity, energy, innovation, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, water technology and many other new and evolving technologies. Israel’s scientists and researchers are constantly in the headlines with breakthroughs and discoveries that will benefit the entire world. The innovative Israeli spirit has allowed Israel to catapult to the forefront of global business and development, standing now among the traditional heavyweight titans of Asia, Europe, and North America.
natural resources is augmented by the social capital of its citizens: audacity, innovation, ingenuity — and a little chutzpah. As one of the most dynamic entrepreneurial economies in the world, these qualities create an enriching environment for growth and learning across disciplines.
One needs only to spend six hours in a car to traverse the entire country from Metula to Eilat; with a size of only 8,020 square miles, Israel is home to one of the highest density of start-ups in the world. What Israel lacks in
Israel’s vibrant culture, extreme landscapes, historical importance and multiculturalism provides students with a unique environment that is equally exciting as their internship or research work.
MIT’s motto, M ens e t Manus, emphasizes education through practical application. Israel provides an ideal environment to maximize hands-on learning in world-class institutions. The Israeli culture and economy, built on teamwork, initiative and innovation, is the perfect match for the MIT ethic.
MIT-ISRAEL AT A GLANCE 2007 - 2017
2016 - 2017
Students Represented 16 Courses • Aeronautics & Astronautics • Biological Engineering • Biology • Brain & Cognitive Sciences • Chemical Engineering • Civil & Environmental Engineering
• Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences • Economics
Global Teaching Labs
Israel Lab and Industrial Urbanism: Places of Production, Ashdod (DUSP)
• Electrical Engineering & Computer Science • Management • Materials Science & Engineering • Nuclear Science & Engineering • Science, Technology & Society • Urban Studies & Planning
Student Level Representation
Freshmen ∙ 9%
Seniors ∙ 12%
Sophomore ∙ 23%
Graduate Students ∙ 45%
Juniors ∙ 11%
PREPARATION, TRAINING & EDUCATION The MIT-Israel program includes intensive and comprehensive pre-departure training for student interns before they arrive in Israel. The in-country experiences are enhanced by in-country programming and assignments, a post-internship evaluation and a re-entry meeting upon return. The intense preparation described below gives students the tools to understand their new surroundings and serves as a template for navigating the global workplace beyond Israel.
Israel Related Courses Students gain a deep and rich understanding of Israel’s history, culture and politics to better prepare for their immersion into Israeli society. Students choose from a variety of for-credit courses, including:
Students participate in thorough and in-depth cultural and practical training sessions to prepare them for their experiences in-country. Students explore personal goals and expectations for their internship; how to prepare for their internship; how to navigate Israeli society and culture; and the varied and nuanced differences and similarities between the US and Israel.
• Israel: History, Politics, Culture and Identity • Comparative Politics and International Relations of the Middle East • The Middle East in the Twentieth Century • Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict • Co-Existence and Conflict in the Middle East • Emergence of the Modern Middle East: Parts I & II
Students learn to navigate the Israeli workplace: workplace norms; best practices for how to network in Israel with confidence; cross-cultural communication skills; travel in Israel and the region; safety and security; and how to get the most out of their internship experiences.
Hebrew Language Training Students are prepared with the basics of the Hebrew language to encourage deeper interaction with those around them. Students without prior Hebrew skills engaged with an instructor for eight hours of instruction (for summer internships), or four hours of instruction (for Global Teaching Labs over IAP) to learn the alphabet, key phrases, and realworld vocabulary.
In-Country Assignments Once students arrive in Israel, they put their training to good use: they use public transportation, interact with co-workers and neighbors, try out their Hebrew and adjust to the differences in Israeli work culture. Their experiences are also augmented and reinforced by in-country assignments. Assignments include connecting with MIT alumni, meeting with a leader in their internship field, reflecting on a cultural experience and writing a final report as the summation of their experiences. 5
INTERNSHIPS MIT-Israel provides MIT students with high quality, substantive professional experiences in international companies, universities and research institutes in Israel. • MIT-Israel works closely with MIT-students to find a host and project aligned with their skills and interests. • Students take part in rigorous cultural preparation to develop a deep understanding of Israeli culture, history and the region.
15 students in 2008
MIT-Israel student interns
113 students in 2016-17
52 participants in workshops & classes
GTL-Israel student teachers
Global Teaching Labs enables MIT students to become teachers for one month during the January Independent Activities Period. • MIT students design self-developed hands-on STEM and entrepreneurship curricula based on their MIT education. • GTL-Israel reaches hundreds of Israeli high school students across dozens of communities. • Students experience in-depth immersion into Israel’s culture and differences in educational systems
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GLOBAL SEED FUNDS The MIT-Israel Global Seed Funds (GSF) program supports MIT’s global engagement by promoting collaborations between MIT faculty and researchers and their counterparts in Israel. • GSF provides a high-impact, low-cost model to strengthen and increase meaningful partnerships across Israel. • Funds are awarded for faculty research projects to promote collaboration, student involvement and hands-on research opportunities in Israel. • The MIT-Israel Seed Fund received 35 proposals in 2016-17, the most applications of any MISTI country-specific seed fund.
7 WHAT MIT-ISRAEL DOES
MIT-Israel Seed Fund projects
7 Israeli academic institutions involved
MIT-Israel-Ben-Gurion University of the MIT-Israel works to bring Israel to the classroom, and the Negev Seed Fund classroom to Israel through in-country workshops and classes. projects For example:
23 MIT-Israel grants awarded since 2014
9 grants awarded in 2016-17
MIT Sloan Action Learning: Israel Lab • Student teams partner with Israeli host organizations to work on complex problems, creating real-world and tangible impact for the students and companies alike. • Critical areas include cybersecurity, life sciences, clean technology, and analytics, with an emphasis on early stage ventures. Industrial Urbanism: Places of Production, Ashdod (DUSP) • The practice-based workshop aimed to bring new ways of thinking to the planning of industrial areas, where the city can co-exist with manufacturing through an industrial remix. • The class continued to meet back at MIT in the spring semester.
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STUDENT PROFILES Allison Shepard ∙ Sophomore ∙ Chemical Engineering Host: Jacob Karni ∙ Weizmann Institute of Science Project: Researched the conversion of carbon dioxide to syngas, mineral recovery from desalination brine, and solar energy’s potential to power the high temperature electrolysis of carbon dioxide and water. Concentrated solar power generation and evaluated efficiency parameters
Amanuael Gidey ∙ Sophomore ∙ Mathematics Host: Amir Shapiro ∙ Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Project: Recorded the motion of Parkinson’s Disease patients in order to understand the mechanical effects of the disease through pattern recognition and learning tools
Ann Hughes ∙ Sophomore ∙ Mechanical Engineering Host: Orbotech ∙ Yavne Project: Designed and characterized 3D printed structures for use in flexible PCBs; wrote code in MATLAB for the picking up and placing of small electronic components with a robotic arm
Chiara Waingarten ∙ Junior ∙ Biology Host: Immunarray ∙ Rehovot Project: Optimized microarray testing procedures to reduce testing variance
Being in Israel allowed me to learn so much about myself and understand different cultures. Only in Israel would I have been able to learn about such a large number of cultures and how these cultures interact. I am very grateful for having the opportunity to spend the summer the way I did. -Chiara Waingarten
Chuliang Song ∙ PhD Candidate ∙ Civil & Environmental Engineering Host: Guy Bunin ∙ Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Project: Performed analytic computation and simulation to investigate the relationship between invasive species and the local ecological community and pool species
Elizabeth Cox ∙ Junior ∙ Mathematics Host: David Schorr ∙ Tel Aviv University Project: Synthesized and analyzed information of water laws under the British Mandate of Palestine
Emma Bingham ∙ Sophomore ∙ Physics Host: Eran Segal ∙ Weizmann Institute of Science Project: Used machine learning algorithms to develop models of caloric consumption throughout the day
Emma Nelson ∙ Graduate Student ∙ Mechanical Engineering Host: TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers ∙ Tel Aviv Project: Initiated an open-source online platform for users to share solutions for challenges facing people with disabilities, and to find resources to start their own communities
Grace Melcher ∙ Sophomore ∙ Civil & Environmental Engineering Host: International Conservation Center ∙ Caesarea Project: Conducted conservation work on the Abbasid/Crusader wall in ancient Caesarea in an effort to preserve the wall from erosion with the Israel Antiquities Authority
Something that impacted me here in Israel is a unique cultural experience. I became a part of another culture, learned different perspectives, and was able to form my own opinions about how Israeli culture compares to US culture without necessarily making a judgment. [In Israel,] I got a unique practice in conservation, which better prepared me for future travel and a more rounded understanding of history. 9
Grace Shin ∙ Sophomore ∙ Management Host: Bizzabo ∙ Tel Aviv Project: Analyzed business trends using business intelligence data tools to gain insight into furthering company success
Janelle Sands ∙ Sophomore ∙ Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Host: Revelator ∙ Jerusalem Project: Designed and created a chat bot for people in the music industry to interact with their distribution and sales data in a more natural way
Janet Yun ∙ Graduate Student ∙ Mechanical Engineering, Technology & Policy Program Host: Knesset (Israeli Parliament) ∙ Jerusalem Project: Conducted a comparative policy review of national security strategies as they relate to climate change
Jennifer Lohmeier ∙ BS ∙ Economics Host: MassChallenge Israel ∙ Jerusalem Project: Acted as an operations associate intern; coordinated MassChallenge IL’s Round 2 judging process to determine finalists for the 2017 accelerator program Jose Antonio Mendoza Garcia ∙ MCP Host: Tali Hatuka ∙ Tel Aviv University Project: Integrated the use of GIS analysis for LCUD’s research and publications on various planning issues, including digital divides, industrial urbanism and neighborhood redevelopment in Israel and around the world
Working abroad through MISTI allowed me to learn about start-ups first hand. Throughout the summer, I was able to engage with people running, working at, or analyzing startups and through them, learn why Israel is able to have so many successful startups for such a small country. I’ll take these conversations and lessons back to the US with me because I believe my career path could include working at, or maybe even founding, a startup. -Janelle Sands
Kasite Ugo-Beke ∙ Junior ∙ Chemical Engineering Host: Data2Life ∙ Tel Aviv Project: Worked on business and marketing efforts to increase and improve Data2life’s presence and products
Kathryn Farris ∙ BS ∙ Biology Host: Yaron Fuchs ∙ Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Project: Analyzed the role of the pro-apoptotic proteins Bax and Bak in hair follicle stem cells, as part of an effort to understand the role of apoptosis in regulating stem cell biology
Kristen Ngan ∙ Sophomore ∙ Mechanical Engineering Host: TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers ∙ Tel Aviv Project: Designed TOM’s project documentation template and developed the organization’s website, including its open-source project documentation database and features that would enhance user experience; identified the organization’s KPIs and designed surveys to collect relevant data and feedback to identify areas of improvement in organizational methodology
Kyubin Lee ∙ Sophomore ∙ Mechanical Engineering Host: Orbotech ∙ Yavne Project: Created a GUI on MATLAB to process images for a pick-and-place machine that can be used in a 3D-printer; created a tiny circuit using SUEX sheets and copper to prove printing flexible 3D-structures is possible
I felt honored to be able to experience and learn about such a rich historical, political and religious culture. I became incredibly more knowledgeable about startups and healthcare through my internship. Being able to explore the many diverse sites and cities with distinct personalities made me more appreciative of diversity. Being in Israel gave me the opportunity to understand the complexities of the Middle East, whilst defining personal career goals. -Kasite Ugo-Beke 11
Lilian Dove ∙ Junior ∙ Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences Host: David Broday ∙ Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Project: Analyzed how indoor air quality is impacted by various meteorological conditions and temporal factors
Madonna Yoder ∙ BS ∙ Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences Host: Maoz Fine ∙ Bar-Ilan University / Interuniversity Institute for Marine Science Project: Evaluated and installed two Monitoring-PAM instruments on the data-collecting robot in the Red Sea Simulator system to collect long-term time series of photosynthetic efficiency data on corals
Marisa DeAngelis ∙ MBA Candidate ∙ Management Host: iAngels ∙ Tel Aviv Project: Evaluated venture capital investments in hi-tech startups with a focus on blockchain technologies, AI/Machine Learning, autonomous driving, cybersecurity and energy
Maya Berlinger ∙ Freshman ∙ Materials Science & Engineering Host: Avi Schroeder ∙ Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Project: Measured the liposomal uptake of different cancer types
Menghan Li ∙ MCP ∙ Urban Studies & Planning, Transportation Host: Amdocs ∙ Ra’anana Project: Designed strategies to motivate bottom-up innovation for corporate units
From pre-trip training to seminar, from travel to work, from learning second-hand materials to interacting directly with locals, MISTI really helps me understand Israeli culture. [It] inspires me to behave adaptively according to the contexts and environments. It is an increasingly important ability to work with people from different backgrounds in the era of globalization. I appreciate that MISTI provides such a good opportunity. 12
Michelle Spektor ∙ PhD Candidate ∙ Science, Technology & Society Host: Limor Samimian-Darash ∙ Hebrew University of Jerusalem Project: Conducted ethnographic research regarding debates over biometric technologies
Natasha Gunther ∙ BS ∙ Mechanical Engineering Host: Knesset (Israeli Parliament) ∙ Jerusalem Project: Performed research for various legislative issues
Rishi Shah ∙ Freshman ∙ Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Host: Safe-T ∙ Tel Aviv Project: Performed cybersecurity business and market research; performed R&D tasks
Rose Wang ∙ Sophomore ∙ Mathematics Host: Flytrex ∙ Tel Aviv Project: Created and fully integrated the battery system into Flytrex drone operations, and built up the testing system for deploying drone missions on a new online delivery platform
Samantha Leff ∙ Sophomore ∙ Biological Engineering Host: Yossi Yarden ∙ Weizmann Institute of Science Project: Cloned and isolated three genes of interest; transformed bacteria with plasmids containing the genes and produced concentrated sample of the genes; ran a stimulation experiment regarding EGF; transfected cells with gene silencing or microRNA mimic/anti-viruses
No internship will teach you about the engineering ingenuity and architectural beauty of the Romans, Crusaders, Byzantines, and others who had conquered massive parts of today’s Israel. No internship will teach you about the tech industry in other parts of the world. This is only what MISTI can do. -Rose Wang
Samuel Cherna ∙ Freshman ∙ Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Host: Joachim Meyer ∙ Tel Aviv University Project: Built a web-based platform for creating and running human-machine simulation experiments in order to study human responsibility in automated systems
Seiji Engelkemier ∙ Sophomore ∙ Mechanical Engineering Host: Stephan Rudykh ∙ Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Project: Explored soft robotics application of 3D-printed multi-material designs by embedding rigid microstructures in compliant material; the finger-like objects actuated by cables mimicked multiple degrees of freedom from a single motor
Stephanie Hu ∙ Freshman ∙ Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Host: Ilana Nisky ∙ Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Project: Examined the effect of the dissociation of proprioceptive and visual feedback on action and perception in a stiffness judgment task; programmed a virtual reality world for users to interact with using a handheld robotic device
Talia Khan ∙ Freshman ∙ Undeclared Host: Aharon Gedanken ∙ Bar-Ilan University Project: Developed a method for synthesis, and successfully synthesized InP3 nanoparticles
Talia Pelts ∙ Freshman ∙ Mathematics Host: AT&T Foundry at Amdocs ∙ Ra’anana Project: Built a machine learning platform to consume labeled data and determine the optimized process for network; researched the use of a specific machine learning algorithm
In all, this summer has been the greatest one I have ever had. Getting a touch of the Israeli culture, touring the fascinating wonders in Israel, and learning a great deal on researchis the best I can hope for [for] my summer. Thanks MISTI for providing this great chance. -Chuliang Song 14
Talya Klinger ∙ Freshman ∙ Physics Host: Ranny Budnik ∙ Weizmann Institute of Science Project: Designed experiments and developed a data analysis library for detecting light dark matter using color center defects in ionic crystals
Tamar Grey ∙ Sophomore ∙ Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Host: BrainQ Technologies ∙ Jerusalem Project: Performed exploratory statistical analyses on an EEG Corpus and wrote medical device specification documents
Tansaya Kunaratskul ∙ MBA Candidate ∙ Management Host: OurCrowd ∙ Jerusalem and Herzliya Project: Created an onboarding platform and service providers platform for OurCrowd’s portfolio
Toria Yan ∙ Sophomore ∙ Mechanical Engineering Host: Igor Verner ∙ Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Project: Developed an Augmented Reality experience to connect the digital twin and the physical robot through IoT, while also providing the user with control of both the digital and physical models; the AR environment is meant to facilitate learning in student users by clearly displaying concepts
Working at the MassChallenge Israel office certainly impacted my ability to contribute to the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. I have gained greater confidence in my ability to integrate into new cultures—both in work and personal contexts. As a result of my experience abroad, I am more interested in career opportunities that will allow me to work as part of a global team. -Jenny Lohmeier
GLOBAL TEACHING LABS Global Teaching Labs (GTL) is MISTI’s groundbreaking and high-impact teaching program. It enables MIT students to become teachers for one month during the January Independent Activities Period (IAP). Undergraduate and graduate students draw from their world-class science and technology education at MIT and use the hands-on and innovative teaching methodologies to design self-developed curricula, reaching hundreds of Israeli highschool students across dozens of communities. This program attracts top students who are passionate about sharing MIT’s unique approach to science, engineering and entrepreneurship.
In January 2017, 24 students landed in Israel to begin their GTL teaching experiences. Teams were stationed throughout the country, and worked with the Amal Educational Network; ORT Israel Network; ORT Yami, Mekif Yud, Tichon Alef and Mekif Gimmel schools in Ashdod; Alonei Yitzhak Youth Village; and The Ecological Greenhouse at Kibbutz Ein-Shemer. This indepth immersion into Israel’s culture exposed students to the differences of the educational systems, while also giving them the opportunity to sharpen their own skills by teaching what they’ve learned at MIT, act as role models to inspire Israeli high school students and bring concrete educational value to the schools and students.
GLOBAL TEACHING LABS STUDENTS BY NETWORK
Amal Network Entrepreneurship, Product Design & Leadership Seminars Locations: Dimona ∙ Ofakim ∙ Tel Aviv ∙ Petach Tikvah ∙ Hadera ∙ Qalansawe ∙ Taiybe Topics: Self-designed seminars ∙ Entrepreneurship ∙ Product Design ∙ Marketing ∙ Leadership MIT Teachers: Chayuth Lertpibulkij ∙ Pushpaleela Prabakar ∙ Victoria Spiegel ∙ Xin Wen ∙Jin Wu ∙ Adam Zhao Format: Students team-teach at one school per week, traveling to four schools over the course of GTL
ORT Israel Network iSTEAM (Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Seminars Locations: Netanya ∙ Ashkelon ∙ Bat Yam ∙ Modiin ∙ Tivon ∙ Yokneam ∙ Kiryat Motzkin ∙ Achva Gilboa Topics: Google App Inventor ∙ Entrepreneurship & Product Design ∙ Leadership ∙ Food Science and Alternative Chemistry ∙ Art and Engineering MIT Teachers: Haley Abramson ∙ Marjorie Buss ∙ Hope Chen ∙ Max Freitas ∙ Madhav Kumar ∙ Jason Ma ∙ Abigail Russell ∙ Momo Sun Format: Students team-teach at one school per week, traveling to four schools over the course of GTL
Ashdod Schools Locations: ORT Yami ∙ Mekif Yud ∙ Tichon Alef∙ Mekif Gimmel Topics: Marine and Environmental Science ∙ Ecology ∙ Economics ∙ Entrepreneurship ∙ Global Health ∙ Chemistry ∙ Physics ∙ Electronics MIT Teachers: Alexander Denmark ∙ Hannah Diehl ∙ Zachary Hulcher ∙ Amalia Lee ∙ Farita Tasnim ∙ Tiffany Yeh Format: Students teach independently at the same school for four weeks
The Ecological Greenhouse at Kibbutz Ein Shemer Location: Kibbutz Ein Shemer Topics: 3D Printing ∙ Urban Agriculture ∙ Environmental Science ∙ Sustainability ∙ Biomimicry MIT Teachers: Rebecca Eisenach ∙ Rebecca Grekin Format: Students spend the month at the Greenhouse
Alonei Yitzhak Youth Village Location: Alonei Yitzhak Topics: Web Development ∙ Artificial Intelligence Seminar ∙ Science & Technology Research ∙ Robotics & Arduino MIT Teachers: Rachel Harris ∙ Alice Jin Format: Students spend the month at the Youth Village
SELECTED GTL REFLECTIONS
My MISTI experience taught me to value the differences between people. Israel is one of the most diverse places in the world in terms of different ideologies, religions, and backgrounds. This trip also taught me about myself. I learned that I have an inner passion to help others. I love seeing the spark in the students’ eyes when they learn something new. I love hearing about people’s backgrounds. I love getting to know what they believe and live for. I’m glad I came on this trip because I can see the impact I made in people’s lives…Those kids have a bright future and I’m glad I was able to have a part in their story.
Israeli Teachers and Students
[The MIT instructors] are fabulous…and superb representatives of MIT. They are smart, warm, patient, flexible, and excellent teachers. Their seminars thrilled the [Israeli] students. - Israeli School Coordinator
I think it was a great idea to bring university students, to transfer unusual lessons to an Israeli school in English…I think it was brilliant idea, and I wish you could stay and give us more lessons! - Israeli student Having lots of patience for the students that do not speak English well enough, and explaining their lessons in a combination of frontal, visionary and exercise methods which have proven to work together great and to reach all the students with no exceptions. My students have had an unforgettable experience where they got the chance to meet with some of the best students in the world and in some cases become their friends. I think this is a very special situation and I’m very happy that they have gotten this unique opportunity.
I am so excited to share about the how the design thinking process that I was taught [at MIT] has changed the mindset of the Israeli kids. It showed them that they can truly make a difference through their solutions. I am also excited about how the students came up with very cool look-alike models…The fact that I could help them with it made me realize that I am becoming a hands-on person and how much I enjoyed teaching product design to these students.
Global Teaching Labs Participants
- Israeli Teacher
HOST REMARKS The vast majority of our hosts were extremely satisfied with their MIT interns and researchers. Below is only a sample of the impressions our interns left on them this year:
For us the program is a fountain of energy and fresh ideas. - Professor Yosef Yarden Weizmann Institute of Science Winner of the 2017 Israel Prize in Life Sciences The MISTI MIT-Israel Program interns at TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers have created real impact in a meaningful way. We were very lucky to work them. Without [our interns], we would not have been able to test the system quickly, efficiently and get such valuable immediate feedback. They have left a lasting impact on our organization that will have a tremendous impact on the world. We do not say those words lightly - we were extremely lucky to have [the MIT-Israel interns] on our team. - Rebecca Fuhrman Reut Group - TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers The Biomedical Robotics Lab enjoyed hosting our intern...Her skills, motivation, and curiosity exceeded our expectation and she managed to obtain exciting new research results very quickly. I will be very excited to host future MISTI interns in my lab! - Professor Ilana Nisky Ben-Gurion University of the Negev [We hosted a] great intern with the right attitude and desire to both learn and produce.
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- Ohad Barnoy Amdocs: AT&T Foundry
[Our intern] fit very well into the lab. He contributed actively to discussions and helped others solve problems…He became within days a highly valued member of the lab. The two months [our intern] spent in the lab provided everybody in the group with a unique and invaluable learning experience. - Professor Joachim Meyer, Tel Aviv University A great program! The student was excellent and she significantly advanced the project. - Professor Yaron Fuchs Technion - Israel Institute of Technology The MISTI program is very organized, the intern sent to us tremendously assisted us with marketing efforts this summer. Thanks MISTI! - Dorit Dekel Rotman, Data2Life It was a pleasure having a capable intern with great skills. It contributed to science and to a multicultural atmosphere in my lab and I appreciate it very much. - Professor Maoz Fine, Bar-Ilan University Interuniversity Institute of Marine Science The MISTI internship program is an excellent program, [and] provided us with a very strong intern which provided value to Safe-T. [We] would recommend the program to other companies. - Eitan Bremler, Safe-T
ADDITIONAL IN-COUNTRY ACTIVITIES MIT BIRTHRIGHT TECH EXTENSION IN COLLABORATION WITH MIT HILLEL MIT students have the unique opportunity to extend their Taglit-Birthright Israel experiences through the MIT Birthright Tech Extension. After their 10-day Birthright trip, 10 MIT students extended their stay in Israel to participate in the custom-designed MIT Birthright Tech Extension. The extension allows MIT students not only to explore and deepen their experiences in Israel, but also to get an inside look into Israel’s booming and constantlyevolving tech scene. Students visited and learned about high-tech companies and organizations like OrCam, Mobileye, TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers), Madatech, an IDF base, Israel Tech Challenge, Flytrex, and the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Other highlights included visiting historical and cultural sites, a tour of Jerusalem, and Israeli-style home hospitality in Northern Israel. Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. David A. Polak (’59) for supporting this initiative.
The high-tech culture in this country is incredible…we got a
The visits exposed us to a variety of technologies and companies in Israel that all hope to make a difference and improve the world.
glimpse of some really talented and passionate students not unlike ourselves doing some amazing work and being a part of the high-tech startup scene.
GLOBAL CLASSROOMS: BRINGING ISRAEL TO THE CLASSROOM, AND THE CLASSROOM TO ISRAEL MIT SLOAN ACTION LEARNING: ISRAEL LAB Israel, like MIT, is a global leader and a center of innovation and entrepreneurship. Israel Lab student teams partner with Israeli host organizations to work on complex problems in critical areas including cybersecurity, life sciences, clean technology, analytics and many more, with an emphasis on early stage ventures and their growth.
In 2016, teams consulted for eight companies: ElMindA, Freightos, GroupTo, Prospera, Reporty, Revelator, ScaleME and Voyager Labs. Sloan teams conducted primary and secondary market research, projected revenue, proposed pricing and marketing recommendations (including go-to-market strategies in multiple countries), recommended specific markets and partnership models and moreâ€”creating real-world and tangible impact for the students and companies alike.
Israel Lab teams deliver significant, concrete value to their host organizations. Equally important are the unprecedented opportunities for students to apply their leading-edge classroom learning to complex issues of innovation and entrepreneurship in real time. Teams work for their host organizations on a threemonth project engagement: they work remotely from MIT for two months during the fall semester and then full-time and on-sight at their host organizations for three weeks in January. During the MIT semester, the Sloan students are prepared with a for-credit class cotaught by MIT-Israel Founding Faculty Director, Professor Christine Ortiz and MIT Sloan Senior Associate, Dean Jake Cohen. The class is also supported by MIT-Israel Managing Director David Dolev.
Our job was to understand how to best help the company and how to improve our capabilities. That made for a highly interesting dynamic, considering that our backgrounds are from the financial and marketing fields. Still, the challenges we faced from our previous jobs were similar, although the weight was different. For me, it was great to work with people who are out there to achieve something extraordinary with [my host company].
GLOBAL CLASSROOMS: BRINGING ISRAEL TO THE CLASSROOM, AND THE CLASSROOM TO ISRAEL DEPARTMENT OF URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING: 11.S941 INDUSTRIAL URBANISM: PLACES OF PRODUCTION, ASHDOD Collaborating with MIT DUSP and Tel Aviv University’s Laboratory for Contemporary Urban Design, MIT DUSP graduate students participated in Industrial Urbanism: Places of Production, Ashdod, led by MISTI MIT-Israel Faculty Director Professor Eran Ben-Joseph, who partnered with long-term research collaborator, Tel Aviv University Professor Tali Hatuka.
GOALS OF THE PROJECT INCLUDED: • Conducting an interdisciplinary study and strategic plan for sustainable design of manufacturing and industrial areas for the city of Ashdod (especially adjacent to the new port area)
The practice-based workshop aimed to bring new ways of thinking to the planning of industrial areas, where the city can co-exist with manufacturing through an industrial remix. Students spent 10 days in Ashdod, Israel over IAP to achieve industrial remix through a tripartite strategy of industrial urbanism, refigured manufacturing and closed loop urban metabolism. The class continued to meet back at MIT in the spring semester.
• Understanding the spatial dynamics and ramifications of the new manufacturing/ industrial economy, helping to make recommendations for policy response systems, and fostering responsible and resilient urban development with special emphasis on industrial area conditions.
Support for this project is provided by the city of Ashdod, MIT DUSP, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MIT-Israel), President of Tel Aviv University, and the university’s Vice President for Research and Development.
• Bringing new insights and technical expertise that can be utilized in future business in the city and worldwide.
MISTI GLOBAL SEED FUNDS The MIT-Israel Global Seed Funds program has awarded 23 seed fund grants for collaborative faculty research projects since 2014. Nine grants were awarded in 2016-2017. We hope to continue this high-impact, low-cost model to strengthen and increase meaningful partnerships across Israel.
The MIT-Israel Seed Fund and the MIT-Israel-BenGurion University of the Negev Seed Fund encourage collaborative faculty seed funds that serve as a mechanism for encouraging new and deeper faculty engagement between MIT faculty and their Israeli counterparts. There are currently more than 20 country-specific seed funds at MIT. It remains our top priority to promote collaboration, student involvement and hands-on research opportunities in Israel.
MIT-ISRAEL-BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV SEED FUND The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Seed Fund, established in spring 2014, funded two projects between MIT faculty and Ben-Gurion University in the 2016-2017 cycle. They will work together between January 2017 and August 2018.
New Tools for Predictive Computational Catalysis Through Collaboration
Assistant Professor Healther Kulik (MIT) and Assistant Professor Sebastian Kozuch (BGU)
Systems Ecology of Biopolymer Degrading Communities in the Cow Rumen
Assistant Professor Otto Cordero (MIT) and Associate Professor Ithzik Mizrahi (BGU)
MIT-Israel Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Seed Fund meet-up at MISTI.
From left to right: Dr. Anna Osherov, Professor Eran Ben-Joseph, Professor Christine Ortiz, Professor Joseph Kost, Professor Otto Cordero, Professor Heather Kulik, Professor David Karger, David Dolev, Dr. Alon Vardy, Kylie Fisher, Professor Kobi Gal
MISTI GLOBAL SEED FUNDS MIT-ISRAEL SEED FUND Since its launch in 2015, the MIT-Israel Seed Fund has provided the opportunity for collaboration between MIT faculty and their Israeli counterparts at any university in the country. The launch was triggered by the extensive interest of MIT faculty in collaborating with Israeli scientists. In 2016, the fund received 35 proposals â€” the most applications of any MISTI country-specific seed fund.
In 2016-2017, the MIT-Israel Seed Fund funded the seven projects below. Since 2015, the Seed Fund Program has allowed MIT faculty to collaborate with six Israeli academic institutions: University of Haifa, Technion â€“ Israel Institute of Technology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Weizmann Institute of Science, The Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya, and Bar-Ilan University.
Comparative Internet Policy and Technology Research Workshops
Principal Research Scientist Daniel Weitzner (MIT) and Professor Niva Elkin-Koren (University of Haifa)
Extreme Light-Matter Interactions
Professor Marin Soljacic (MIT) and Professor Meir Orenstein (Technion)
Probing the Evolution and Ecology of a Bacillus Subtilis Mobile Genetic Element
Professor Alan Grossman (MIT) and Principle Investigator Avigdor Eldar (Tel Aviv University)
Quantum Digital Noise Spectroscopy
Associate Professor Paola Cappellaro (MIT) and Assistant Professor Nir Bar-Gill (Hebrew University)
The BLOSSOMS-AW Project: Technology-enhanced Project-based Pedagogy for the Promotion of Scientific Thinking and Motivation towards STEM-related Careers
Professor Richard Larson (MIT) and Assistant Professor Miri Barak (Technion)
The Climate Impact of Semi-solid and Glassy Aerosol Particles
Associate Professor Daniel Cziczo (MIT) and Associate Professor Carynelisa Haspel (Hebrew University)
tRNA Modifications in Entamoeba Histolytica
Professor Peter Dedon (MIT) and Associate Professor Serge Ankri (Technion)
MISTI GLOBAL SEED FUNDS MISTI encourages faculty who win Seed Fund grants to involve students in their projects. The “Blossoms-AW” project between Professor Richard Larson (MIT) and Assistant Professor Miri Barak (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology) sent graduate student Ann Collin to the Technion to participate, and plans to involve additional students in the research. Ann recounted her experience:
MIT-Israel Seed Fund 2015-2016 recipients Professor Leonid Levitov (MIT) and Professor Gregory Falkovich (Weizmann Institute of Science) published their paper, “Superballistic flow of viscous electron fluid through graphene constrictions” in the journal Nature Physics in summer 2017. These experiments confirmed the theory of “superballistic” electron flow. 25
Having worked on socio-technical systems during my Master’s at MIT, I came to Israel to investigate ways to integrate BLOSSOMS, a platform for online instructional videos for high school students from Professor Larson at MIT, and AugmentedWorld (AW), an open platform where users can submit open questions about science/engineering topics to teach students to use a project based mindset, from Professor Barak at the Technion. During my time at the Technion, I brainstormed about how to integrate these two tools to push for project-based learning in schools, thinking about the different stakeholders in this system, here mostly the teachers and the students. I also started observing the way pre- and inservice teachers prepare for this kind of learning, identifying potential hurdles in the implementation of the BLOSSOMS-AW tool in high schools.
MIT-ISRAEL EVENTS MIT-Israel collaborates with departments and organizations across campus to host Israel-related events. Below are two 2016-2017 highlights:
A CONVERSATION WITH JERUSALEM MAYOR NIR BARKAT
Sponsored and Organized by: MISTI MIT-Israel, Chabad at MIT, Israel Lab, Sloan Jewish Student Organization, Israeli Business Club, MIT Hillel, and MIT Friends of Israel Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat spoke at MIT to share his vision for the city. Since he was elected, Mayor Barkat has worked with and among the residents of Jerusalem to improve the city in all spheres: culture, civic engagement, youth, tourism, education, and sustainable economic development, with an overarching message of pluralism and respect. He shared his experiences as a tech entrepreneur, and how his past work inspired his innovative strategy and vision for the municipality. The Q&A session was moderated by MIT Professor Edward Roberts.
RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN ISRAEL: THE START-UP NATION Sponsored and Organized by: MISTI MIT-Israel & the Israel Business Club Students gathered for a programmatically diverse night to learn about and engage with “Start-Up Nation.”Professor Fiona Murray, the Associate Dean for Innovation and Co-Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative, spoke about “Israel: The Ecosystem that has Given Rise to a Start-Up and Research Powerhouse.” Professor Murray explored how Israel’s roots and foundations have created the conditions for its culture of innovation and economic growth. Her lecture was followed by an interactive Research & Entrepreneurship Panel. The panel included Israeli Sloan alumni who discussed their personal journeys and insights having founded and managed start-ups in Israel. Attendees were also treated to an opportunity to network, and to hear about the various and vast internship and research opportunities provided by MIT-Israel. 26
LOOKING FORWARD TO ANOTHER 10 YEARS EVALUATION AND FUTURE PLANS
Over the past ten years, the MIT-Israel Program has blossomed into a multi-faceted program that promotes game-changing opportunities and transformative experiences for MIT students, faculty and alumni, as well as Israelis working in government, industry and academic institutions.
The goals of the MISTI MIT-Israel program for the upcoming year (pending funding) include the following:
• Raising expendable and endowment funds to grow and secure the student and faculty seed funds programs in perpetuity;
Following suit with MIT’s overall strategy, MIT-Israel will continue to pursue high-impact and hands-on educational, research and innovation opportunities. MIT has a record of transforming society for the better, and MITIsrael will assist in advancing this mission by continuing to address important challenges and leveraging inspiring opportunities.
• Building on faculty seed funds to promote short-term educational student seminars in Israel and Israel-anchored courses; • Promoting opportunities for graduate students; • Developing a more robust organizational infrastructure to support Israel activities across the Institute, including training, safety and security information, and the funding of new initiatives.
HOST COMPANIES AND INSTITUTIONS MIT-Israel would not be able to pursue opportunities in Israel without the collaboration and hard work of our internship host institutions. Over 10 years, MIT students have made impact and have been impacted by over 85 universities, research institutes, NGOs, government partners, start-ups, kibbutzim, companies and firms: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
ai.type Amdocs Asymmetric Medical AVX Bank of Israel Bar Ilan Beam Riders Ben Gurion University Big Idea Camp Bizzabo Bloomfield Museum of Science BrainQ BrightSource Cellepathy Check Point Software Technologies Consumer Physics Covertix Data2Life ElMindA Endospan ETV Motors Freightos Flytrex Gizmo Engineering Google GroupTo Haifa University Hebrew University HelpAround Highcon HQ Architects iAngels IBM IDC Herzliya
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IDE Technologies Immunarray Infinidat Intel Interuniversity Institute for Marine Science Israel Antiquities Authority/ International Conservation Center Keter Plastic Kibbutz Lotan Kivunim Knesset MadaTech: The Israel National Museum of Science, Technology & Space MassChallenge Israel Mekorot: The National Water Company of Israel Mellanox Mercury Interactive Medtronic MobileODT Naiot Venture Accelerator Natie.com NDS - Jerusalem (Now Cisco Videoscape) Nekuda Design Management Netafim Netvizio OrbiMed Advisors Orbotech ORT Braude College OurCrowd Preen.me Prospera Rainbow Medical 28
• Rambam Health Care Campus • LTG Exam Prep/Prep4Gmat (Now Ready4) • Reporty • Revelator • S. Sense Design • Safe-T • ScaleMe • Schwartz Besnosoff Architects • Shatil • Studio Limor Shitrit Architechts • SimilarGroup • Sledgehammer Management Ltd. • Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center • Spoteam.com • Technion - Israel Institute of Technology • Tel Aviv Municipality • Tel Aviv University • Teva Pharmaceuticals • The DevTech Hub • The Ecological Greenhouse at Kibbutz Ein-Shemer • TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers • University of Haifa • VocalZoom • VoiceItt • Voyager Labs • Weissbeerger • Weizmann Institute • Windward • Yediot • Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem • Zenith Solar
DONOR ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We are thankful to the major donors who have helped us launch and continue to grow the program and to the many annual fund supporters since 2012: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
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Dr. Haim Alcalay ’61, M. Sc ’62, PhD ‘66 Ilyas Bayar ’71, SM ‘73 Robert Bechek ‘81 Jack A. Belz ‘48 Nancy and David Berkowitz ’83, SM ’84 Stephen Bram ’63 Eran Broshy ’79 and Feigue Berman-Broshy Larry Broutman ’59, SM ’61, SCD ‘63 Dr. Stanley E. Charm ‘52 Arie and Ida Crown Memorial Foundation (Charles Goodman ’54) Raquel and Riccardo ‘72 Di Capua Jay ’77 and Shoshana Dweck Foundation Mr. Julian Dwek ’97, MBA ‘02 Mrs. Betty Dyer and the late Professor Ira Dyer ’49, SM ’51, PhD ‘54 Fisher Family Foundation (Ron Fisher and Lisa Rosenbaum ‘77) Mr. Chaim Katzman and the late Dr. Shulamit Katzman Lionel C. Kimerling, Thomas Lord Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering Leslie M. Klein ‘72, MAR ‘74 The Kogan Family
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Benjamin Lantos ‘07 Mrs. Phyllis Lantos ’72, SM ‘74 Mr. and Mrs. Mason I. Lappin Rebecca and Laird M. Malamed ‘89 Mr. Sam Oolie ‘58 Mr. and Mrs. David A. Polak ‘59 Arthur Reidel ‘73 Janice Rossbach ‘51 Paul H. Rothschild ‘58 Dr. Marc Rudoltz ‘85 and Dr. Lisa Hochman Edward M. ‘59 and Harriet Safran Joshua and Eileen Schein Arlene and the late Harold Schnitzer ‘44 Jake Seid ’96, MEng ’98, MIT-Israel Founding Team Dr. Simeon Schwartz ’73, Hyman and Muriel Schwartz Foundation Anica and David Shpilberg ‘72, SM ‘73, PhD ‘76 Kenneth R. Sidman ‘67, SM ‘68 Mr. Philip J. Solondz ‘48 Dr. Don Steiner ‘60, SM ‘62, PhD ‘67 Ann and Rick ’70 Tavan Steven R. Weiss ’66 and Stefani Weiss Arnee R. and Walt A. Winshall ‘64 Kenneth C. Zolot SM ‘95
FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS We would like to thank all of the student-host sponsoring organizations and faculty hosts for their generous financial and administrative contributions from the past academic year: • • • • • • • • • • • •
Amal School System Alonei Yitzhak Youth Village Amdocs, Ashdod Schools Bar-Ilan University Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Bizzabo BrainQ Technologies Data2Life ElMindA Flytrex Freightos GroupTo
• Hebrew University of Jerusalem • iAngels • Immunarray • Interuniversity Institute for Marine Science • MassChallenge Israel • Orbotech • ORT/Sci-Tech School Network • OurCrowd • ORT Braude College • Prospera • Reporty
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Revelator Safe-T ScaleMe Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Tel Aviv University The Ecological Greenhouse at Kibbutz Ein-Shemer The Knesset TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers Voyager Labs The Weizmann Institute of Science
We would also like to thank MIT and local New England leadership: • L. Rafael Reif, President of MIT
• The MIT Israeli Association
• Cynthia Barnhart, Chancellor, MIT
• MIT Hillel: Rabbi Michelle Fisher, Executive Director; Marissa Feinman, Assistant Director; Shoshana Gibbor, Director of Birthright and Israel Engagement
• Melissa Nobles, Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, MIT • Yoav Danenberg, Hebrew instructor and curriculum developer
• MIT Sloan Israel Business Club
• Nahum Karlinsky, Visiting Associate Professor, Political Science, MISTI MIT-Israel Instructor
• Richelle Nessralla, MIT Associate Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
• MIT UROP: Michael Bergren and Sara Nelson
• The MIT Club of Israel: Yishai Boasson, President; Haim Alcalay, EECS ’61, Galya Racine MBA ’02, Past Presidents; Dan Grotsky, President MIT Sloan Club of Israel, MS/MBA ‘02; Boaz Tamir, PhD, ’87
• The Consulate General of Israel to New England • The American Technion Society: Bradley Smith and Joel Berkowitz
• MIT Sloan School of Management: Jacob Cohen, Associate Dean; Alyssa Levy, Israel Lab
• New England-Israel Business Council: Dan Trajman and Eldad Amir
We are grateful for our collaboration with the MIT Alumni Club of Israel for their strong partnership in recruiting host institutions, organizing alumni student matches and really being a home away from home for our students. 30
MISTI-Israel creates an opportunity for MIT students and faculty to live, work and most importantly build lasting relationships with their peers in Israel. What I've seen is that the program not only has meaningful impact on each participant's work short term, but the bonds created can impact an entire career. - Jake Seid ’96, MEng ’98 MIT-Israel Founding Team
Heartiest congratulations and best wishes from the Bank of Israel to MISTI/MIT on achieving your 10th anniversary – a notable milestone. The interns we have hosted have contributed to the Bank, not only via the valuable projects they carried out during their stay with us but, of at least equal importance, also due to their positive interaction with the Bank’s staff, especially fellow students. - Karnit Flug Governor, Bank of Israel
For an entire decade, MISTI-MIT Israel has been a cornerstone of MIT’s active learning platform in Israel. MIT Club of Israel is thankful for MISTI’s continual support over the years. Moreover, hundreds of MIT students have MISTI to thank for their educational experiences in Israel, and dozens of Israeli companies and organizations have MISTI to thank for these students’ contributions, as well as for ongoing ties to MIT. Indeed, the relationship between Israel and MIT is strong and fruitful, and MISTI has played a huge role in fortifying it. - Past and Current Presidents of the MIT Club of Israel: Haim Alcalay Yishai Boasson Dan Grotsky Galya Racine
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