BOG 2008 - Brojde Center for Innovative Engineering & Computer Science

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[img_assist|nid=500|title=From left: University President Prof. Menachem Magidor with Brojde family members Ari, Anna and Karen (Photo by Bruno Charbit)|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=67]Brojde Center for Innovative Engineering & Computer Science dedicated

June 12, 2008 - The new Peter Brojde Center for Innovative Engineering and Computer Science will foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research and education in science and engineering in order to address the future needs of society.

The Center, which is named for the late Peter Brojde of Montreal, was dedicated at a moving ceremony at the University’s Edmond J. Safra Campus during the recent Board of Governors meeting in June 2008. Attending the ceremony were Peter Brojde’s wife Anna, son and daughter-in-law Ari and Robyn, daughter Karen with fiancé Ryan, and friends from Canada. Among the speakers were Hebrew University President Professor Menachem Magidor, Professor Aharon Agranat of the Department of Applied Physics and Ari Brojde.

The new Center, based at the University’s Selim and Rachel Benin School of Engineering and Computer Science, is directed by Professor Aharon Agranat. Its mission is to acquire, generate and disseminate knowledge at the frontiers of science and harness it with the aim of advancing science and technology. Among its activities, the Center will name a Peter Brojde Scholar every two years and host a Peter Brojde Visiting Fellow on a yearly basis.

Both the Brojde Center and the Peter Brojde Award for Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science — the latter established by his family shortly after Peter Brojde passed away in 2005 — seek to perpetuate the values of hard work, perseverance and community involvement that guided Peter Brojde throughout his life.   

Peter Brojde was a pioneer in computer and network connectivity who co-founded the Eicon Technology Corporation, one of Canada’s largest software manufacturers. Born in Russia and educated in Poland, he and his wife Anna fled Poland when life became increasingly difficult for them as Jews. They settled in Montreal, where Peter Brojde served as vice-president for R&D at Phillips N.V. until co-founding his own company.

Link to the Brojde Center’s website: http://brojde.huji.ac.il/

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