Professor Eran Ben-Joseph joins Christine Ortiz as co-director of MISTI’s Israel program.

Caroline Knox | MISTI 

March 8, 2017

MIT Professor Eran Ben-Joseph, head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, has joined the MIT-Israel Program’s current faculty director, Christine Ortiz, the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, as the program’s co-director. “I look forward to working alongside Professor Ortiz and the great team of MIT-Israel to continue expand what is already an extraordinary program,” he says. A native of Israel and former visiting lecturer at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Ben-Joseph has been involved in MIT’s Israel relations for years — and specifically with the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) MIT-Israel program since it formal launch in 2007. “Despite its size and many geopolitical constraints,” says Ben-Joseph, “Israel has emerged in the last decades as a global leader in innovation and technology.”

Working closely with MIT-Israel Managing Director David Dolev, Ben-Joseph has helped set up internships in Israel for MIT School of Architecture and Planning students; served on the MIT-Israel Seed Fund selection board; collaborated on practice-based research in Ashdod; and facilitated student presentations at the MIT Better World (Tel Aviv) event. “MISTI is very pleased that Eran will join MIT-Israel after nearly a decade of informal involvement,” says Chappell Lawson, associate professor of political science and faculty director of MISTI. “He has exactly the qualities that MISTI hopes for among its faculty directors: a commitment to our students, abiding attachment to his program's country, and great ideas on how to sustain a highly successful initiative.”

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