Today in Haifa we toured the Technion campus and met some cool Israelis.

After a delicious Israeli breakfast we headed out to the Technion Campus. There we met up with Yonatan, who is leading the Israeli ConnecTech delegation, and went to tour some labs. First we headed over to biological engineering, where we heard about tissue engineering from stem cells and the introduction of blood vessels to improve the delivery of oxygen. Then we went to the physics building, where we heard about the group’s simulation of the evaporation of microscopic black holes using supercold gas and sound waves; they use lasers to cool the atoms to 10^-7° Kelvin (yikes!). We also visited the architecture building, where Yonatan showed us a model for measuring the effects of the changing sun on model buildings and some student projects, including his own workspace.

Here is a picture of us presenting the physics lab with an MIT pennant as a thank you:

In addition to the research spaces, we got to walk around the Technion’s beautiful campus with Yonatan, Erez, Yael, and Shachar. We saw the visitor’s center, the student union, the synagogue, and the building for industrial engineering and management, which had a fantastic view of the Haifa bay and the Galilee. 

 

We also stopped for lunch in the materials science building; Eliad gave us a tutorial in the correct ways of eating hummus. We had some free time in the afternoon; the guys stayed on campus to check email and rest, while the girls went to check out the mall, where we sampled Aroma iced coffee and shoko basakit.

As you can see, Eliad enjoyed eating proper Israeli hummus:

Here is a picture of us in the Technion synagogue:

This evening we learned some more about the Boston-Haifa connection. We ate dinner and chatted with some members of Haifa’s Young Leadership group, and then we went to an “Entrepreneurs in Jeans” lecture, which was presented in English especially for us. So many Israelis took time out of their busy schedules to greet us at the Technion; overall, we had a great welcome.

The Technion-MIT ConnecTech program is generously funded and supported by the CJP Boston-Haifa Connection.