Fund Established for Research in Transportation Problems in Mideast

The Henry Ford 11 Fund for Research in Transportation has been established by the American Technion Society (ATS), it was announced by Alexander Hassan of Washington, D.C. ATS president. The United States-based fund will focus on transportation and related problems common to all countries of the Middle East.

Simultaneously, it was announced by Max Fisher of Detroit, that Ford would be the recipient of the first Technology for Peace Award at a dinner sponsored by the ATS Sept. 26 at the Waldorf-Astoria. Fisher is honorary chairman of the dinner committee with Evelyn de Rothschild of England, chairman of the International Board of Governors of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology at Haifa. Henry Taub, of New Jersey, is dinner chairman.

The fund, at the outset, will employ the multidisciplinary skills in the Technion departments of civil engineering, chemical engineering, architecture and town planning, and industrial and management engineering. The input of scientists in related fields at other institutions, in industry and in other countries will be solicited.

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It was noted further by the Fund’s originators that transportation problems, which will be under study, deal not only with improving communication in developing areas, but in combatting congestion, pollution and threats to personal safety in centuries-old urban sites. One matter of concern is planned transportation for workers in new industries.

The development of modern transportation systems in the Middle East is seen by the Fund originators as one instance of the need for technological development which could improve the standard of living and hopefully provide a cooling influence on the area’s volatility, Supporters of the Technion on this country, who see this in the context of the accord reached at Camp David between Israel and Egypt and as a means of building permanent peace, created the award which Ford will receive.

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