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.