Nasa prize winners 311.
(photo credit: Perry Mendelboym)
Three Israeli innovators are among only 80 people from around the world to be
awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious annual 10-week Graduate Studies
Program at Singularity University, at NASA’s Silicon Valley campus.
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three entrepreneurs – who are in their early 30s and have master’s degrees, or
are completing a graduate degree – are the first Israelis to win the
competition, which will now be held every year.
Heylel Mishal, a solar nano-antenna expert, won his scholarship on Wednesday,
along with Omri Yaffe and Tzvika Oron, who together, developed a physiological
monitoring sensor. In the “Ramon Breakthrough” competition, all three were
predicted to have wide impact in Israel, and abroad, during the coming
The local competition was organized by the Ministry of Science and
Technology and the Ramon Foundation, in memory of the late Israel Air Force
pilot and astronaut, Ilan Ramon, and his son, Assaf – also a pilot – who was
killed in training. Rona Ramon, whose husband and son are memorialized by the
foundation, was present at the ceremony, Singularity University is an
interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire
leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially
advancing technologies in order to address humanity’s grand
With the support of a broad range of leaders in academia,
business and government, the unusual university aims to stimulate
“groundbreaking, disruptive thinking and solutions aimed at solving some of the
planet’s most pressing challenges.”
Among its staffers are experts in
artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, bioinformatics, energy and
environmental systems, finance, future studies and forecasting, medicine,
nanotechnology, space and ethics.
The university offers two main types of
programs – the annual 10-week program during the summer, as well as “Exponential
Technologies Executive Programs,” held throughout the year.
Oron developed LifeBeam, which monitors many physiological phenomena
Leading academics and hitech entrepreneurs were on the