Professor Zehev Tadmor
Chairman of Samuel Neeman Institute
Technion Israel Inst. of Technology
Professor Zehev Tadmor, former Technion president, currently serves as chairman of the board of the Technion’s Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology. Prior to assuming the presidency of the Technion in 1990—a post he held for eight years—Prof. Tadmor served as director of the SNI from 1986-90.
Prof. Tadmor’s long-term association with the Technion began when he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering. He completed his doctorate at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey and after working for the Western Electric Company as Senior Research Engineer, joined the Technion Faculty of Chemical Engineering. In 1975 he was appointed full professor and in 1988 Distinguished Technion Professor. From 1984 to 1988 he served as Dean of the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Prof. Tadmor published three books, published seventy-five papers and holds more than 20 U.S. patents in his discipline. He is a member of the Israel National Academy of Sciences and Humanities, a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering of the U.S.
In addition to receiving many professional awards, including an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bologna in 1995 and the Israel EMET- Prime Minister Prize in 2005 in sciences, Prof. Tadmor sits on the editorial board of several international scientific journals and was inducted in the Polymer Processing Hall of Fame in the U.S. in 1993.
Professor Tadmor’s also published extensively on issues of science and technology national policy, higher education, engineering education and university mission and governance. Together with colleagues, he established the Israel Plastics Society and more recently the voluntary organization of university professors: “Bashaar—Academic Community for the Israeli Society”, which via a series of proactive educational programs encourages underprivileged children to aspire for higher education.