MSE professor runs in Israel’s presidential race

Dan Shechtman, an Iowa State University Distinguished Professor in materials science and engineering, is officially on the ballot for the presidential race of Israel.

Shechtman won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2011 for his discovery of quasicrystals, which he published in 1984. Shechtman splits his time working in the Ames Laboratory and at Technion — Israel Institute of Technology.

He said the political position would enable him to have a hand in decision-making, where he could contribute his problem-solving abilities for the betterment of the State. 

The Nobel Laureate stated that one of the first issues he would tackle, if elected, would be education. “Education’s job is to make people better, and we are not doing a very good job of that,” he opined. 

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