Prof. Peretz Lavie gets second term as Technion head
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
Prof. Peretz Lavie, president of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, will go on to a second term following an overwhelming vote of 92:2 in the institute’s senate.The Technion’s executive committee then approved his second four-year term unanimously. The executive council will formally approve it in June.During his first term, Lavie – a psychologist and sleep medicine expert who was previously dean of the school’s Rappaport Faculty of Medicine – put an emphasis on bringing in new faculty members and raising more funds for their salaries and the supplies they would need to teach and conduct research. Since he became president in 2009, the Technion has added 130 new faculty members, for a current total of 564. In addition, research grants tripled during his term, from $7 million in 2008 to $21m. in 2012.Lavie also negotiated the establishment of a joint engineering campus with Cornell University in New York. Cornell and the Technion successfully vied against 40 American and foreign institutions to build the campus with a grant of land on Roosevelt Island and $100m. for infrastructure improvements.
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