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The Technion


Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, consistently ranked among the world’s top science and technology research universities, is Israel’s first university. Since its founding in 1912, the institute has educated generations of engineers, architects, and scientists who have played a key role in laying the State of Israel’s infrastructure and establishing its crucial high-tech industries. Beginning with 17 students, Technion has been Israel’s primary source of technological manpower and the nation’s largest comprehensive academic center for advanced science and technology education, as well as applied research. In addition, Technion is one of only a handful of technology institutes in the world with an affiliated medical school.

Technion has 18 academic departments in engineering, natural sciences, medicine and architecture, as well as 60 research centers. Students may choose from some 50 undergraduate and 82 graduate academic programs. There are currently close to 14,000 students at the Technion (~9,300 BSc, ~2,800 MSc, ~1,000 PhD, and ~ 660 MD). To date, Technion has awarded around 100,000 degrees. Technion graduates have brought the unique skills and penchant for innovation, which helped conceive and consolidate the modern State of Israel – commonly acknowledged to be the “Start-up Nation.”

The staff of the Technion includes 620 faculty members; 1,000 technical and administrative staff; 250 clinicians; and 950 adjuncts and instructors.

The main campus, Technion City, is a 300-acre site located on Mount Carmel in Haifa that comprises 90 buildings and is frequented by thousands of people every day. Technion City includes a substantive network of dormitory villages offering individual and family accommodation (4,200 dormitory beds) to students and young faculty. The Rappaport Faculty of Medicine is located off-campus, in the Bat Galim seaside neighborhood, adjacent to the Rambam Health Care Campus — northern Israel’s largest medical center.

Technion Graduates Drive Israel’s High-Tech Economy: Technion graduates make up the majority of Israeli-educated scientists and engineers, constituting more than 70% of the country’s founders and managers of high-tech industries. Technion graduates founded and/or lead two-thirds of Israeli companies on NASDAQ.

Technion’s success in supporting Israel’s economy has been dramatic. Israel is now home to the greatest concentration of high-tech start-up companies anywhere outside of Silicon Valley. High-tech industry now accounts for more than 54% of Israel’s industrial exports, and over 26% of the country’s exports. In Israel, 135 out of every 10,000 workers are scientists and engineers, compared to the United States (second place), where 85 out of every 10,000 workers are so employed. Moreover, in Israel, nine out of every 1,000 workers are engaged in R&D, nearly double the rate of the USA and Japan.


Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Technion is the leading science and technology university in Israel. Its mission is to be among the best in the world in two areas:

  • developing leading-edge technologies
  • educating engineers and scientists to be the leaders in implementing state-of-the-art know-how in Israel, to assure its independence, security, wellbeing and economic growth.
    This, in turn, is derived from the Technion’s vision:

A science and technology research university, among the world’s top ten, dedicated to the creation of knowledge and the development of human capital and leadership, for the advancement of the State of Israel and all humanity.

1_20190122163706.719.jpgThis vision has guided the Technion throughout its history. Over the years, the various departments that were developed responded to the needs of the country, as well as to international scientific and technological developments. The Faculty of Civil Engineering and the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering were among the first academic departments at the Technion, reflecting the role of construction and settlement of Eretz Israel as the highest priority for establishing the Zionist vision, setting the borders for the modern State of Israel and creating the infrastructures needed for its development and growth. Through the years, the two Faculties met the challenges successfully. The Faculty of Civil Engineering was chosen as one of the top 10 departments worldwide in a recent evaluation by an international academic committee. Both faculties have taken a leadership role in Israel in the design and implementation of national projects in civil engineering and agriculture. These two Faculties were merged in 2002 into the new Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering to leverage the synergy between the two in order to meet the new challenges of sustainable development.


Grand Water Research Institute

Technion | Israel Institute of Technology

Welcome to The Stephen and Nancy Grand Water Research Institute at the Technion. We operate as the Israeli national institute for research in the science, technology, engineering and management of water resources. Established in 1993, the mission of the GWRI is to be a center of excellence of international caliber, the leading water research institute in Israel.

Main Research Areas

Water Treatment, Desalination, and Treatment of wastewater

  • Water treatment (physico-chemical, biological);
  • Advanced desalination technologies;
  • Membranes: design-synthesis-modifications-testing- modeling;
  • Energy saving and environmental aspects;
  • Wastewater treatment: biological, chemo-physical, membranes, SAT;
  • Nanofiers/Nanotubes/Nanochannels (concentration-polarization);
  • Post-treatment of desalinized sea water;
  • Treatment of industrial wastewater;
  • Grey-water recycling and management aspects.

Preservation of water resources, Hydrology – source quantity and quality, Wastewater reuse & efficient irrigation

  • Hydro-geophysics;
  • Hydrological processes, including climate change effects;
  • Monitoring & Modeling at various scales;
  • Forecasting scenarios;
  • Fluid-dynamics of complex water systems;
  • Development of advanced analytical and monitoring tools;
  • Investigation of nutrients, salinity and pollutants fate in water affected systems;
  • Reuse of reclaimed wastewater for sustainable crop production;
  • Water use efficiency.

Water and environmental microbiology

  • Applied Genomics and Water Microbiology;
  • Pathogen survival in water systems and in plants irrigated with reclaimed wastewater;
  • Tracing microbial processes in water and wastewater treatment systems;
  • Advanced methods for bacterial detection;
  • Microfluidics-for advanced bio-sensing.

Management of urban water systems, Water resources management and policy Water resources systems analysis

  • Management of Water distribution systems;
  • Utilization of evolutionary single and multi-objective optimization models;
  • Security and reliability aspects;
  • Stochastic/deterministic systems;
  • Water resources under uncertainty and risk;
  • Water sensitive planning;
  • Enviromatics- utilization of distributed multi-modal (physical, chemical and biological) sensor networks for water sensing and decision making.


GWRI Building

The Grand Water Research Institute Building has two floors: the first includes the Information Center, offices, seminar and lecture room, services, and a large foyer with space for displays and for informal meetings. The second floor contain a central equipment laboratory, a number of individual laboratories, and additional meeting and seminar rooms.



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