David Mendlovic is a Full Professor of Electro-Optics, the Vice Dean for Research of the Faculty of Engineering, and the head of the Zimin Institute for Engineering Solutions Advancing Better Lives at Tel Aviv University. In addition to his academic work, Mendlovic is currently the CEO of Corephotonics, a camera tech company acquired by Samsung. He also founded Unispectral, Multiview, and, most recently, Dtect Vision. Forbes discussed the challenges of providing students with a quality, modern college education.
Here are some interesting quotes:
– I believe universities exist to create original content and produce enthusiastic, talented students who can contribute to the betterment of the world. This can be achieved through various means, such as encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration, bridging basic and applied research, providing opportunities for hands-on learning, and promoting a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The advancement of AI further raises ethical concerns, highlighting the need for multidisciplinary education that blends STEM skills with humanities, philosophy, and ethics.
– The Zimin Institute at TAU encourages multidisciplinary collaboration by bridging the gap between basic and applied research and industry. The institute aims to identify new sub-disciplines around medicine and healthcare that will be crucial in the coming years rather than simply seeking researchers in already-established areas. It selects a relatively small number of projects to work on but still manages to produce enough momentum to generate exciting activity in the focus area. To support these efforts, the Zimin Institute has engaged several multidisciplinary campus centers, such as the AI Center, Brain Center, and Cyber Center, each focused on a specific topic with significant practical applications. The Centers bring together high-level researchers to develop solutions to complex problems. The Zimin Institute also selects external projects and invests significant funding to accelerate progress.
– Needless to say, the multidisciplinary paradigm, which brings together entrepreneurs and scientists from diverse backgrounds, plays a pivotal role in creating novel products and businesses. By fostering collaboration and the generation of original ideas, this approach helps shape the future of innovation, education and entrepreneurship.
March 20, 2023