ETREK 2023 UPDATES

Thank you for your interest in the etrek!

etrek 2023 is currently being planned and is in accordance with the College of Engineering policies for Internal Programs in Engineering. etrek 2023 is currently tentatively planned to take place in early May 2023. Please check back in January 2023 for more details and information about applying!

If there are any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at etrekmichigan@umich.edu.  Thanks!

Last updated November 10, 2022.

MICHIGAN
ISRAEL
ENGINEERING
TREK 2022

MAY 13 - 21, 2022

A student-led trip to Israel for engineering graduate students of all backgrounds at the University of Michigan.

Programs, groups transportation, accommodations, and most meals are funded.

Participants pay for their airfare, visas, insurance, a $200 participation fee ($20/day), and personal spending. 

U-M grants are available to significantly support these costs.

 APPLICATIONS ARE DUE 

 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH AT 11:59PM EST 

APPLY!

The

TREK

 

INNOVATION FOR
SOCIETAL

TRANSFORMATION

Welcome to Israel.  A young and peppy little nation that's packed with the highest density of start-ups in the world.

Launch your summer by discovering the country whose water technologies made the desert bloom, whose algorithms transformed cybersecurity, and whose leadership in biotechnology and robotics has attracted the attention of the top tech companies from around the world.

Hang out with tech leaders who seek to transform Israeli society, the Middle East, and the World through new ideas, collaboration, and increasing access to new opportunities.

Travel with Michigan engineering graduate students and explore the sites that shaped civilizations, religions, and continue to shape world politics today.

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a tech tour through Israel and immerse yourself in its culture, cuisine, history, and future.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Israel is home to Microsoft's first R&D lab outside of the USA, Apple's second largest R&D center, and IBM's largest office outside of North America 

  • According to the OECD, Israel is tied for the highest gross domestic spending on R&D in the world

  • Israel boasts the highest number of scientists and tech professionals per capita in the world

  • Waze, MobileEye, Wix, SodaStream, and Checkpoint were all founded in Israel 

TECH + TOURING

AN ITINERARY FOR ENGINEERS BY ENGINEERS

You'll bounce between factory tours, sightseeing, and hanging out with the tech community during the day.  This will be hands-on exploration through touring and demos.  We'll join a start-up's executives and engineering leadership for product demonstrations, grab lunch with Israeli engineering students, tour new civil engineering projects, and still find time to hang out at the beach.

At night, Israel's world renowned cuisine and hangout spots will be waiting for you.  One night we'll head to one of Israel's legendary restaurants, and another you'll be weaving between the aisles of a market while sampling spices and the top street food.  There will be nights to explore Israel's nightlife, and nights that will be simply capped off with a bonfire under the stars.

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS.

ASK.  LISTEN.  SPEND TIME TOGETHER.

Assumptions may be great for rule-of-thumb calculations, but in a country where every person has their own distinct narrative, you learn that empathy gets you way farther.  Travel to a land with millennia of histories at the intersection of religion and personal and collective identities.  Spend time with engineers who see their technical work as part of their activism for pursuing better lives for all.  Dissect new dimensions of one of the most revered places in the world as you meet with experts from policy and tech.

Ask questions.  Marinate in contradictions.

And let your curiosity allow you to probe, to listen, and to complicate.

 

THE ITINERARY

etrek 2022 will build on the success of the first two Michigan eTreks.  The itinerary blends engineering tours with visits to local sites, such as the Dead Sea, the Old City of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and free time at the beach.

Our itinerary this year will be similar to past etrek itineraries.  We will spend two nights at a hotel in Haifa, three nights in Jerusalem at one of Israel's top rated hostels, and three nights at a hotel on the Tel Aviv Beach.  

RECAP ETREK 2019

2019 ENGINEERING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Overview of Israeli Tech Sector with Quedma Innovation

  • Tour of Technology and Agriculture in Nahalal, the Israeli town partnered with Ann Arbor

  • Lab tours at the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology

  • Tour of the Water Desalination Plant in Hadera

  • Presenting TED Talks about our Michigan research at a Jerusalem bar

  • Tour of automotive tech company Mobileye

  • Presentation by Kfir Damari, Co-Founder of SpaceIL

  • Lab tour of the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center, which researches how life can exist in extreme environments like the Dead Sea

  • Tour and presentation of Rawabi with founder and entrepreneur Bashar Masri

  • Visit to Milbat, a nonprofit that engineers devices and supports people with disabilities

  • Panel with activists who are working to diversify the Israeli tech sector.

RECAP ETREK 2018

2018 ENGINEERING HIGHLIGHTS

  • Erez Frankel, Start Up Nation Central

  • Adi Adiv, Head of Strategy and Operations at Google Israel

  • Reem Younis, Co-Founder of Alpha Omega

  • Uri Levine, Serial Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Waze

  • Tour of the Sorek Water Desalination Plant

  • Tour of ISCAR, one of the largest manufacturers of metal working tools

  • Tour of Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM), an organization that runs global hackathons to develop devices for the disability community

  • Tour of labs at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

  • Dance party hosted by the Biomedical Engineering Society at the Technion

TEL AVIV

COSTS AND FUNDING

WHAT IS FUNDED?

Once you land in Tel Aviv, most costs for the trip are funded thanks to donors and grants who support our vision for the trip.  This includes overnight accommodations; all programs (company tours, speakers, site visits); most meals; an excellent and certified tour guide; and the private etrek charter bus.

WHAT COSTS ARE PARTICIPANTS RESPONSIBLE FOR?

Participants will cover the following costs:

  • Flight and flight cancellation insurance

  • $200 participation fee for the ten day program ($20/day)

  • Visa fees (if applicable; approximately $36)

  • Transportation to the airport

  • A few "on your own meals"

  • Covid preflight, entry to Israel, and return flight tests (approximately 30$ each)

Participants may chose which flights they take to Israel; participants will not be obligated to book a specific flight, and flights do not need to originate or return to Detroit. Less expensive round trip flights to Israel can range from $700-1500 depending on the time of purchase and U.S. departure airport (among other factors).  

WHAT ADDITIONAL FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?

Upon being accepted to the program, participants will be referred to University of Michigan grants which may be completed to subsidize the cost of flights and the participation fee. The College of Engineering's Graduate Student Co-Curricular Experiences Funding  grant provides need-based funding up to $2000.  More information is available here.  Additional funding may be available through departments and other grants at the University.  It will be up to the participant to apply for grants within the appropriate deadlines and find additional funding as the participant needs.  Participants should wait until they have been accepted to the etrek to apply for funding.

LET'S BE IN TOUCH

Please e-mail us at etrekMichigan@umich.edu if there are any concerns about what's funded, participant costs, applying for funding, or additional concerns.

 

THE TEAM

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ELI GOLDWEBER
COMPUTER SCIENCE PHD STUDENT

ADAM INGERMAN
ROBOTICS MS STUDENT

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KEVIN LIEBERMAN
ROBOTICS PHD CANDIDATE

OUR ROLE AS STUDENT LEADERS

As your etrek leaders, we wear many hats.  We craft the mission for the trek, develop an itinerary that matches the vision, coordinate logistics across all organizations and the University, and are your primary liaisons.  You're welcome to e-mail us at etrekMichigan@umich.edu.

Questions?

We'd love to meet you and answer questions you may have about the etrek or the application.  Just e-mail us to set up a time to meet, or we can answer your questions over email.

OUR PARTNERS

itrek

This trek ​is powered by itrek, an organization that helps us coordinate logistics, secure funding from local and national donors who are interested in investing this vision, and provide guidance.  itrek supports peer-led trips to Israel at several leading business, law, and public policy schools, including treks led by Ross MBA, Michigan Law, and Ford Public Policy students.  itrek is a private, U.S.-based, 501(c)(3) organization and it is neither affiliated with, nor receives funding from, the Israeli government.  itrek is a non-partisan, non-affiliated, non-religious organization.

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ROUTES TRAVEL

As our tour operator, Routes coordinates logistics such as accommodations, on-the-ground transportation, and program production.  They  are extremely experienced, having supported faculty and student trips from over 100 university programs, including many treks similar to ours.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN COORDINATION

The etrek Student Leadership works with a number of offices at the University of Michigan to support the etrek.  We primarily coordinate the trek with the International Programs in Engineering (IPE) Office, and our itinerary and group safety plan is approved by the Global Michigan office.  Funding is coordinated with the College of Engineering Office of Student Affairs.

 
 

READY? APPLY!

 APPLICATIONS ARE DUE 

 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH AT 11:59PM.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY!