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Professor Aharon J. Agranat is the director of the Brojde center for innovative Engineering and Computer Science, and the incumbent of the N. Jaller chair of Applied Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 1986 to 1997 he was a senior research fellow and a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where he worked on the development of microelectronic artificial neural networks based on charge transfer devices which he invented, and the growth and investigation of paraelectric electrooptic crystals. In 1991 he joined the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and founded the optoelectronic computing laboratory and the B.Sc program in Electrical and computer engineering with specialization in microelectronics and optoelectronics.
Agranat is the inventor of Electroholography and the KLTN crystal for which he was awarded the Discover Innovation Award, and the R&D 100 Award for the leading invention in the area of communication for the year 2001. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, a member of the Hebrew University Center of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and the chairman of the Hebrew University center of biomedical engineering. He was a cofounder and director of Trellis–Photonics that was founded for exploiting Electroholography in telecommunication applications. He is the author of over 150 scientific papers, and holds 24 patents in the areas of microelectronics, optoelectronics and materials science.