Professor Dan Shechtman is a professor at Technion (Israeli Institute for Technology) and Iowa State University.
His legendary course on technological entrepreneurship makes him one of the pioneers of Israel’s startup revolution. This unique course became one of the most attended courses at Technion and has educated more than 10,000 students on turning a good idea to a profitable and self sustaining enterprise.
Dan is most known for winning the Nobel prize of chemistry for the discovery of the icosahedral phase. This discovery started the field of quasiperiodic crystals, crystals that are extremely strong, do not rust and have almost no surface friction. He made this discovery while researching rapidly solidified aluminum transition metal alloys at John Hopkins University during a sabbatical. It is useful to create extremely strong materials and is used in applications such as surgical equipment, razor blades and diesel engines.