From left to right: Dr. Dan Givoli, Lawrence and Marie Feldman Chair in Engineering at Technion’s Department of Aerospace Engineering;
Nina Avidar Weiner, ISEF Co-Founder and Chairwoman Emerita; Dr. Peretz Lavie, President, Technion


On June 17, 2019, Israel’s famed Technion awarded its Ph.D. honoris causa to ISEF Co-Founder Nina Weiner in recognition of her decades of tireless dedication to educating Israel’s bright young people from the periphery. Longtime ISEF leaders Norman and Vivian Belmonte and Joe and Paulette Rose attended, along with several dozen ISEF alumni from decades past, some of them now grandparents!

As Nina received her Ph.D. scroll, the entire Technion Board of Governors, leading faculty, and family and friends of the other honorees were astonished when dozens of ISEF’s students and alumni rose as one, applauding wildly and cheering, in a demonstration of their deep gratitude. They literally stopped the show. Afterwards, many of the guests reported having wept to see this.

Click here to see the clip that the Technion played during the ceremony, right before Nina received her award.