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The Team

Prof. Wayne D. Kaplan, Chairman Of Investment Committee

Prof. Wayne D. Kaplan is the Executive Vice President for Research at the Technion, and is a full professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Technion where he holds the Karl Stoll Chair in Advanced Materials.  He completed his BSc in Mechanical Engineering, and his MSc and DSc in Materials at the Technion after immigrating to Israel from the U.S.  He then spent a year as a Humboldt Fellow at the renowned Max Planck Institute in Stuttgart Germany before joining the Technion faculty in 1995.

During the past 20 years Prof. Kaplan's research activities at the Technion have focused on the structure, chemistry and energy of interfaces between metals and ceramics.  Applications from these fundamental studies include the development of metal-ceramic composites for use in high temperature applications (such as jet engines and automobile brake-pads), flash memory devices, and defense applications.  In addition to his basic research in Materials Science, Prof. Kaplan works on the development of electron microscopy techniques for characterization at the sub-nanometer length-scale.  Prof. Kaplan, whose research aims at understanding how the arrangement of atoms at interfaces influences the material's properties, makes intensive use of the Technion's special high resolution transmission electron microscope (the Titan) at the Electron Microscopy Center. 

Shuli C. Shwartz, PhD, MBA; DRIVE Managing Director

Shuli is a high-tech entrepreneur with experience in the intersection of entrepreneurship (startups) and academia. Prior to joining the Technion, she co-managed Runway, a unique tech incubator in the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute in New York City. Prior to that she founded Samsung’s Medical Lab in Israel, which developed novel solutions for Medical Imaging. During 2008 – 2009 Shuli was EiR at the Technion, creating a business plan for a company targeting acute diagnostic needs such as finding tumor margins during surgery, based on novel optic technology from the Technion. From 1999 – 2007 she managed UltraSPECT, a successful medical devices startup company that she co-founded.  Shuli held a few academic positions (at Johns Hopkins, U of MD, U. of Haifa), prior to a tenure of 7 years in Elscint. She is a co-inventor of 7 patents and co-author of several peer reviewed papers as well as numerous conference papers. She earned a PhD degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, MBA from the Technion and BA in Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

shuli dot s at technion dot ac dot il

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