Helen Diller Family Foundation Awards $50 Million to Technion

Helen Diller Family Foundation Awards $50 Million to Technion

The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has announced a $50 million gift from the Helen Diller Family Foundation in support of a new quantum center.

The gift will enable the Technion to recruit faculty, create new infrastructure, provide seed funding for research and development, and educate a new generation of engineers with a mastery of quantum mechanics. Research conducted at the center, the first of its kind in Israel, will focus on quantum computing and information processing, quantum communications, quantum sensing and detection, quantum simulations, and quantum materials. In addition, the center will work to foster collaboration between Technion scientists and engineers involved in quantum physics, nanotechnology, materials science, communications, and information theory. In recognition of the gift, the center will be named the Helen Diller Center for Quantum Science, Matter and Engineering.

Quantum mechanics — a fundamental theory in physics that describes nature at the smallest scales of energy levels — revolutionized science in the early part of the twentieth century. Technologies born from quantum science already or are likely to include totally secure computing, communications, and online transactions; superior sensing technology that can be used for medical treatments and diagnoses and for monitoring chemical, biological, and nuclear materials; the development of computers with computational powers far beyond those of standard computers; and new materials with unusual electrical, optical, and magnetic properties that in turn will lead to new and innovative devices and solutions.

"The Technion is where the generation of entanglement — a fundamental quantum property — with artificial atoms...was first demonstrated," said Mordechai Segev, the Robert J. Shillman Distinguished Professor of Physics at the Technion. "This is where Professor Gadi Eisenstein and his team developed tiny, inexpensive atomic clocks that found their way into industry. This is where innovative theoretical concepts were developed in the area of quantum materials...with huge worldwide impact....The Helen Diller Family Foundation's generous grant elevates the Technion to the pinnacle of quantum research institutions, and it is truly a game changer."

"The Technion is one of the preeminent institutions for technology in the world, and my parents thought this was an important investment for the future of Israel and humanity," said Jackie Safier, Helen Diller's daughter and president of the Helen Diller Family Foundation. "The new Helen Diller Center for Quantum Science, Matter and Engineering will help Israel secure its place in the next revolution in science and engineering."

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