IBM Dedicates Its Haifa Labs on the University Campus
The opening of the Board of Governors annual meeting this year involved a triple celebration. It was the Board’s 30th meeting. It was the dedication of the IBM Haifa Labs on the University campus. And it was the 30th anniversary of IBM Haifa scientific activity. All combined for a festive night.
The new IBM facility, which opened its doors to more than 400 computer scientists and engineers this past December, is the giant corporation’s largest research lab outside the United States. Speakers from IBM and elsewhere acknowledged University President Hayuth to be the driving force in bringing Big Blue to the campus.
Hayuth, in turn, lauded the role of Haifa Mayor Amram Mitzna, “whose vision helped paved the path that led IBM from the sea to the mountain.” IBM Haifa had been located in a science park across the road from the seashore at the southern entrance to the city.
Mr. Moshe Nissensohn, general manager of IBM Israel, told the evening’s guests that IBM had selected the University of Haifa, not only because of its good scholars, but because the move there “would be fruitful to both sides.” He pronounced the joint festive event “the beginning of what I believe to be fruitful cooperation between IBM and the University of Haifa.”
Echoing this theme was Dr. Michael Rodeh, director of IBM Haifa Labs, who said that “we [IBM Haifa], together with the University, can do more than by ourselves.” But he also called the cooperation a challenge.
Rodeh acknowledged the difficulty in making a non-traditional decision. The University of Haifa, which less than a decade ago offered little in the way of science and technology studies, had done so when it admitted IBM to its campus against much opposition at the time.
All three speakers paid tribute to the late Dr. Joseph Raviv, long-time director of IBM Haifa Labs, for his firm belief in the project. In President Hayuth’s words: “He saw the potential synergy in locating a renowned computer science lab alongside a university that specialized in humanities and social sciences.” Raviv’s widow was in the audience for the occasion.
Prof. Manfred Lahnsein, chairman of the University's Board of Governors, officially opens the 30th Meeting on the festive night.
IBM Haifa Labs Building on the University campus is lit up for the dedication.
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