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Daniel Weihs

Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering 
Chief Scientist, Israel Ministry of Science & Technology


Distinguished Professor Daniel Weihs of the Technion Faculty of Aerospace Engineering holds the Richmond Chair in Life Sciences at the Technion. He is the  founder and Head of the Technion Autonomous Systems Program. He is Chairman of the Israel National Committee for Space Research He is a a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Prof. Weihs received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at Technion from 1964 to 1971.
Prof. Weihs worked at the Dept. of Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, England 1971-1973, returned to the Technion as a senior lecturer in 1973; he was appointed full professor in 1983 and distinguished professor (one of only 5 at Technion) in 2002.
Part of the Technion leadership for many years, Prof. Weihs has served as Provost, Dean of the Graduate School and of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Director of the Samuel Neaman Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology and Director of the Asher Space Research Institute. He also had a joint appointment in the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering for several years.  His scientific expertise covers several separate areas of aerodynamics, Space engineering  and biomechanics.

Throughout his career, Prof. Weihs has consulted for the Israeli ministries of Defense, Internal Security,
Commerce & Industry, Science, and for public and private organizations in Europe  the United States, Canada etc., including NASA ,NOAA, IBM and  Atlas-Copco. He has been on the board of firms such as Israel Aircraft Industries, Beth Shemesh Engines ,Israel Limnological and Oceanographic Research Corp and Teuza-Fairchild VC fund, and of Ben Gurion University and  Holon Institute of Technology.
He has been  a member of the Steering Committee of the Israel Space Agency for 20 years and Head of it's Scientific Satellite sub-committee.

He spent sabbatical periods at NOAA, NASA, SWRI, IBM the University of Sydney, Australia, UCLA, UCSD, Stanford.

He has published more than 150 archival scientific papers and one book, and has lectured throughout the world
on subjects of biofluid dynamics, aerospace engineering His areas of expertise include both theoretical and experimental fluid dynamics and aerodynamics, biological fluid mechanics,  applied mathematics and  management techniques.


«The Importance of Imbuing Managements Skills
for Engineers and Scientists»
In today’s rapidly changing world, leadership in almost all industries requires an understanding of the technological background of these developments, even in fields once considered far from these areas. Thus, it would be expected that more scientists and engineers would be found in senior leadership- but, except in Germany and China among the major economies, this is not the case. These two countries are also leaders in exports- can these two facts be related?

We make the case that, including management skills in the requirements for degrees in science and technology, will increase the numbers of scientists and engineers in senior management. This in turn can result in firms being more competitive, by being faster to react by leadership being better equipped for rapid understanding of scientific results and application of trends.

There is also an important  inverse effect, that of encouraging talented  young people to study the difficult subjects in science and engineering (“rocket scientists” ) by opening the possibility of seeing leadership of industry in their horizon. This may help reverse the worrying trend in the Western world of a shortage of candidates in these areas, which already has started to affect competitiveness.

Adding education in the “soft” sciences , including management, will also serve to improve  performance by the firms employing such graduates, by having the designers and manufacturers have a better feel for the needs and wants of the customers, thus completing the “win-win” situation.