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BGU and Rafael Celebrate New R&D Center in the ATP

BGU and Rafael Celebrate New R&D Center in the ATP

May 30, 2019

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(left to right): BGU President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz, Mayor Ruvik Danilovitz, Dr. Uzi Landau, Yoav Har-Even, and Dr. Ran Gozali

BGU and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. celebrated the opening of the defense giant’s research and development center at the Ben-Gurion Advanced Technologies Park on May 28.

At the ceremony that included the cutting of a ribbon, BGU President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz commented: “It may be a little bit counterintuitive, geographically speaking, but here in Beer-Sheva we are the center of the world, and Rafael’s decision to place their R&D center here in our high-tech park proves it.

BGU President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz speaks at the ceremony.

“This is the change in reality that we have dreamed of. Our partnership with Rafael is total, and I am 100% certain that our students will find work here, and will stay in Beer-Sheva to build their adult lives.”

Prof. Chamovitz was joined by Rafael Chief Executive Officer Yoav Har-Even, Chairman Dr. Uzi Landau, Dr. Ran Gozali, executive vice president and head of Rafael’s R&D and Engineering Division, Beer-Sheva Mayor Ruvik Danilovitz, and Yigal Ono, director of the National Cyber Directorate.

Har-Even said that the center, to be managed by Rotem Yoeli, already employs about 15 researchers, most of whom are from BGU, and added that that number is expected to grow to include several dozen people in the next two years.

“Rafael is opening its doors to BGU graduates,” said Dr. Gozali, who studied electrical engineering at the University. “Who knows? Maybe one day a BGU alumnus will take over from me as the head of R&D at Rafael.”

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American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

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