Dr. Joseph (Yossi) Eliav
I am an aero-space engineer with nearly 50 years of experience in design and development of major defense systems. I got my PhD in Science and Technology Studies (i.e. the study of how society, politics, and culture affect scientific research and technological innovation, and how these, in turn, affect society, politics and culture). Rather than follow the crowd and study some instance of modern technology, I preferred to look back at Early Modern times and focus on a specific type of warship, the galley, which fascinates me both as an engineer and a historian. That has become my main area of research. In parallel with research and teaching on this subject I am now working on a second PhD, this time in art history, focused on the social status of artists in Renaissance Florence.