THE 2010 iNEER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
TO PROFESSOR HERZL AHARONI
Professor Emeritus Herzl Aharoni received on July 21, 2010 the 2010 iNEER Achievement Award-Presented by the international advisory board of the International Network for Engineering Education and Research (iNEER). iNEER is a global volunteer networking, professional organization formed by the world engineering community to promote mutual progress in teaching and learning through international cooperation. iNEER helps in developing international understanding and partnership through information sharing and networking. The widening iNEER network of educators and researchers covers 98 countries, and is linked through the iNEER website, archival publications, electronic communication system and various conferences, workshops, and retreats
The citation on the award engraved plaque states that the award is granted to Professor Aharoni: "For his Contribution in New Knowledge Creation through Innovative International Educational and Scientific Collaboration with Academic and Research Institutions".
The international collaboration record of Professor Aharoni for which he received the award is most impressive and diversified. It is realized mainly through two avenues. His first and most important contribution is made in this regard through sharing his vast educational and scientific experience with overseas undergraduate and graduate students as well as with young researchers and fellow collaborators, for extended periods of time. This is done through anextensive international collaboration with academic and research institutions abroad. He is repeatedly invited to provide them with his educational and research expertise both which are well recognized. His cooperation with them proved to be beneficial for both sides since it comprises knowledge that he creates and acquires there, and brings it back to Israel, thus promoting mutual teaching and research international cooperation. Out of his thirty eight years at Ben-Gurion University, he spent there well over thirteen years through long term recurring visits, performing considerable educational and research activities in Japan, U.S.A , South Africa, Canada and Belgium. This exchange was done in accordance with Ben-Gurion University international cooperation policy. In his work abroad he implemented his educational philosophy of providing the undergraduate students with tools that will enable them to follow the rapid changes in electronics in the years to come after their graduation, and guiding graduate students and young researchers towards skills development for the creation of new knowledge. The second avenue is through his membership and activities in seven major international engineering and scientific societies.
In addition to the 2010 iNEER Achievement Award, Professor Aharoni received a U.S NRC-NASA research associateship award for performing a research at the JPL, Pasadena, California, USA (1979/80). He was appointed a Distinguished Research Professor at Rand Afrikaans University in 1990. He received the research prize of Ben-Gurion University for 1998, for research contributions in applied electronics, on the subject of “Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) of silicon-germanium heteroepitaxial structures”, donated by the Polish-Jewish Exservicemen’s Association of London. He supervised a research and co-authored a student paper that received the “Young Researcher Award” (SSDM 2000 conference, Japan). Professor Aharoni is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (2003). He received the Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation – by the IEEE Electron Device Society, "For valued contributions as EDS Distinguished Lecturer" awarded by the President of the IEEE Electron Device Society, at December 2009. He also appears in the IEEE "2007 Golden List of Reviewers". Professor Aharoni's contributions to the advancement and development of engineering education in the ECE department are substantial and well appreciated. He is an excellent teacher, very popular with the students who regularly fill his classroom. He constantly receives the highest marks at the students quality of teaching surveys conducted at BGU. He has received eight teaching awards at BGU, two BGU awards presented by the university Rector as a “Best Teacher” at the Faculty of Engineering in 1987 and in1988, an “Esteemed Teacher” citation from the Students’ Association of Ben-Gurion University for 1988/89 and three “Excellence in Teaching Award” presented by the dean of the Faculty of Engineering for 2004, 2005 and for 2006. He also received two "Outstanding Teaching Award" for 2005 and for 2006 presented by the President and Rector of BGU. This award was granted to Professor Aharoni "In honor of his work in pursuit of the advancement of teaching, and contribution to the enhancement of the reputation of the university as a center of academic excellence of the highest degree, for the benefit of future generations earnestly seeking knowledge and science". Professor Aharoni is a Fellow (2003) of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, (IET, formerly IEE) and a Fellow (2005) of the Institute of Physics (IOP).He is also a Fellow(2007) of the American Physics society(APS), which was awarded to him for his "Pioneering contributions to the invention, research, and development of two-and multi- terminal Single Crystal Silicon Light Emitting Devices(SiLEDs) for all-silicon integrated optoelectronic systems, combining semiconductor physics and standard IC technology". Professor Aharoni is a Senior Member (1999) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He is a member of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the American Vacuum Society (AVS). He is also a member of the Israel Association for Crystal Growth, Israel Vacuum Society (IVS) and Israel Physical Society (IPS).
Professor Aharoni continues his regular academic activities at the ECE dept. of BGU as a Professor Emeritus. During 34 years of his regular employment (pre-retirement) at Ben-Gurion University, he served, in addition to his regular teaching duties, in a wide range of capacities in and out the university. The specialization field of Professor Aharoni is teaching and research of the physics and technology of semiconductor based solid state electronic and optoelectronic materials and devices. He focuses on new processing development in microelectronics, and has been working on diversified subjects in this area.