Haredi women help develop space vehicle chip
2 ultra-Orthodox women graduates of the J'lem College of Technology develop a microchip to be placed in a space vehicle.
Space shuttle Discovery Photo: REUTERS
Two ultra-Orthodox women graduates of the Jerusalem College of Technology’s
Lustig Institute in Ramat Gan have helped develop a microchip produced by
Verisense, a leading Israeli semiconductordesign company, for a defense industry
company that will place it in a space vehicle.
The women, Tehiya Dayan
and Lior Halavi, will receive their bachelor of science degrees in software
engineering this week.
In recognition of their work, the two received
awards from the CEO of Verisense, Pini Lazovik, and the project was chosen as an
outstanding development project at the Jerusalem College of
Dr. Dan Buchnik supervised the project and was involved in
the development of algorithms and methods for full coverage of the various modes
of the microchip that will be placed in the space vehicle.
was designed to ascertain whether designed by Verisense’s generically produced
chip can be designed and developed for the simultaneous performance of multiple
tasks and to prove that it can be produced for operational use.
to Lustig institute director Dr. Zvi Ilani, the project is one of many advanced
hi-tech projects that place its graduates at the forefront of hi-tech in Israel
and around the world.
In addition, Lustig graduate Efrat Roth-Kamintzky
received the Exemplary Project Development Prize from El-Op, another company
that develops products for the defense industry.
Efrat Hoffman, another
graduate, received first prize for excellence in information systems from the
Migdal insurance company, and Hadas Tischler won international recognition for
her research in the study of computer integration in brain research, the only
Israeli research project chosen in the field and one of eight from around the
Lustig was established in 1999 as an academic institution for
graduates of the haredi girls’ seminary network Beit Ya’acov and offers academic
degrees equal to those of the other Jerusalem College of Technology schools,
including the Tal Institute for women, whose graduates are mostly modern
Its counterpart for haredi men is the Naveh Institute, whose
students study engineering and other subjects in the evening, giving them the
the option of pursuing an academic degree while continuing their yeshiva
studies. This curriculum enables haredim to acquire the necessary tools to be
employed at high levels within the workforce, helping them to support themselves
and improve their economic situation while decreasing their dependence on state
and other social support.