In Memoriam

Yitzhak Bar-Nov

Yitzhak Bar-Nov served as director of the marketing division of the Paz Oil Company, and as a member of the Paz management board. He also served in senior positions at the Technion over many years, both as chairman of the Technion Graduates Association and as chairman of the Student Affairs Association. In recognition of his efforts Bar-Nov was made an honorary fellow of the Technion, the title being granted to his family shortly after his death on June 1, 1992.

The fund in memory of Yitzhak Bar-Nov was set up by a grant from the Paz Group. It awards a monetary prize to students in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management who produce outstanding work in marketing, advertising and labor relations.

Yochanan ( Peter) Comay

Yochanan Comay was born in South Africa and moved to Israel with his parents in 1948. He joined the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management in 1969 after gaining a doctorate from Princeton University in the field of labor economics. He was a brilliant scientist, and published articles in leading journals in the fields of human capital and emigration.

During the Yom Kippur War Yochanan fought in battles on the Golan Heights, and was killed in the line of duty. He was 34 years old.

The Yochanan Comay Prize is awarded for outstanding projects in economics and management.

Yanina Dombrovska

Yanina Dombrovska was born in Poland in 1910. Together with her sister, Yanina survived the Second World War, in which the rest of her family perished, thanks to Polish friends who hid them in their home. At the end of the war, Yanina married Leon, who had been a prisoner at Auschwitz. Their son Giora (who would later complete his studies at the Technion) was born in Poland, and the family moved to Israel in 1950, settling in Jerusalem.
Yanina passed away at the age of 95.
One of Yanina’s most important concerns was the subject of education and learning. She emphasized the importance of studying hard, and working hard, in order to succeed in life.
Yanina’s granddaughter, Lotem Alon, graduated from the faculty for industrial engineering and management in 2010. Together with the rest of her family she has chosen to honor Yanina’s memory by offering a grant to students at the faculty. The grant is offered to financially disadvantaged students or to students serving in the IDF reserves, who contribute to society and who understand the importance and impact of helping others. Yanina’s family hopes that in this way they can enable the grant recipients to support education in Israel and to strengthen the state in the present and in the future.

The Folk Family

Danny Folk was born in 1979, and at the age of 20 was diagnosed with an untreatable form of cancer. Despite his illness Danny didn’t give up on his dreams, and managed to start a family, to complete his university studies and to find work. He was a true Zionist, a member of the Bnei Akiva youth movement, and a yeshiva (religious academy) student. Danny loved Israel greatly, and visited several times. During his time in the country he was active in the Commission for Jewish Education, with the aim of enabling every Jewish child to receive a Jewish education. In September 2008, after a long battle with illness, Danny passed away.

The Danny Folk Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management who is a new immigrant to Israel and who volunteers in the community.

The Levin Family

Prof. Samuel and Lillian Keidan Levin, members of the board of directors of the Detroit chapter of the American Technion Society, were enthusiastic supporters of the Technion and of Israel. Prof. Samuel Levin, a professor of economics at Wayne State University in Detroit, was one of the founders of the American Technion Society’s Detroit chapter, and served as the president of the Jewish National Fund of Metropolitan Detroit. Lillian Keidan Levin was a translator of books into Braille.

Their daughter, Judy Levin Cantor, helps the Technion to commemorate their work, and has contributed a prize in their name to fund travel to international conferences for graduate students.


The Nachmani Family

Yaakov Nachmani was a Technion graduate and a senior adjunct member of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management. He taught in the quality and reliability assurance program, and served as head of the Technion’s administration division. Nachmani saw teaching as a calling and a challenge. He brought to his teaching broad knowledge and a wealth of experience, born of many years of managing and consulting with the IDF, the Israeli navy, industry, and high-tech.

Mrs. Nurit Nachmani, Yaakov’s widow, chose to continue his path of helping the Faculty’s students by awarding two prizes to students at an advanced stage of their studies, with an emphasis on quality and reliability assurance. 

The Rosenblatt Family

Prof. Meir Rosenblatt conducted research and taught at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management from 1984 until 2000. He was an outstanding researcher of industrial engineering in general, and in particular of production management, and an excellent teacher, as well as having a gift for forming social circles wherever he found himself. Prof. Rosenblatt passed away at the young age of 51, after a serious illness.

His widow, Dr. Zehava Rosenblatt, together with their family, has helped fund the refurbishment of the faculty common room.

The Taab Family

Prof. Yanai Taab joined the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management in the 1950s and was one of Israel’s first teachers and researchers in the field of labor relations. He developed the Faculty’s graduate program in organizational sciences and management, and the human resource management and labor relations track. Prof. Taab was one of the founders of the Israel Labor Relations Association, and taught generations of students who are today influential figures in the Israeli marketplace.

The Yanai Taab Prize, donated by Prof. Taab’s widow, is given each year to an academically outstanding graduate student whose thesis is on subjects related to labor relations and organizational behavior.

Sanford Kaplan

Sanford Kaplan entered the business world in the US at the end of the Second World War, on his return from service in the US Navy. Kaplan went on to serve on the boards of trustees of a number of large companies, including Intel and Xerox, and was also a highly active member of the board of directors of the American Technion Society.

Kaplan financially supported a number of projects at the Technion, such as construction of the eastern student dormitories, the Sanford Kaplan Chair of Aeronautical Engineering, the construction of faculty common rooms, and various research projects. In 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Technion. Sanford passed away in 2006.

The Sanford Kaplan Prize for Creative Management in 21st Century High-Tech annually awards a $5,000 grant to a student or faculty member for a technological initiative that brings together cutting-edge research with development of a competitive product.


Joseph Lantzer

Joseph Lantzer was one of the outstanding leaders of industry in the Haifa region. From 1969 to 1981 he served as chairman of the northern branch of the Manufacturers Association of Israel. The association promotes a range of activities in support of Israeli industry, including improving relations with the community and the environment, technological education, education for industry, and promoting procurement of Israeli goods and services.

The Joseph Lantzer Fund provides scholarship grants for students in need of financial assistance who live in the north of Israel and study in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management.

Prof. Pinhas Naor (Professor)

 Prof. Pinchas Naor was one of the founders of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management. He joined the faculty of the Technion in 1953, and served as president of the Operations Research Society of Israel, as a member of the Council for Higher Education, and as a senior vice president of the Technion. He was one of the main forces behind the development of the field of operations research in Israel. Prof. Naor was killed in an aviation accident in 1970, at the age of 47.

The Pinchas Naor Prize consists of a scholarship grant given to outstanding students in the field of operations research.


Ben-Ami and Tamar Rosenfeld

Ben-Ami Rosenfeld graduated from the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management in 1965. He has served as CEO of companies in the Schering-Plough group in Europe and Africa, and as executive vice president and COO of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, and is now involved in businesses in the Israeli and international markets.

The Rosenfeld family seeks to promote and encourage innovation in Israeli industry, in particular in traditional industry. They view innovation as an issue of great national importance, indeed one that is critical to the success of the State of Israel. They believe that innovation can act as an engine for progress and growth for companies seeking breakthroughs in their business environment, and that it is vital for keeping industries efficient. They view the adoption of innovation as a fundamental element of industry in a competitive world, and support the training of engineers who will make innovation part of the culture of Israeli industry.

The Rosenfeld family has generously donated sizeable prizes for students who produce outstanding innovative projects in manufacturing, as well as scholarships for financially disadvantaged students. 

Reuven and Rina Rubenstein

Prof. Reuven Rubenstein was born in Lithuania in 1938. He completed a doctorate in operations research at the Riga Technical University before immigrating to Israel in 1973. On his arrival he joined the Technion faculty, and taught at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management until his retirement. He was a world-renowned expert in stochastic systems, applied probability and Monte Carlo methods, and developed the cross-entropy method. Reuven passed away in Israel in 2012.

Reuven and his wife Rina contributed to the refurbishment of the seminar hall in the Bloomfield Building and to the establishment of the Prof. Reuven Rubenstein Fund. The fund, established in perpetuity, provides grants to graduate students in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management for the purpose of travel to international conferences.