Someone to Run with For Nadav Arbel, the great advantage of the faculty is the personal relationship with the professional staff

As part of his final project for his Master’s degree, Nadav Arbel developed a laser rangefinder based on a temporary encoding of cyclic signals. “Instead of sending one strong pulse of light and measuring the time it takes to return, I sent a series of weaker pulses and then performed a calculation that contracted the series to one pulse. Thus I could calculate the distance the light passed through”, he explained. “The advantage of this measurement is that the intensity needed for transmission is much weaker, it saves energy, and also makes it more difficult to identify you in the surroundings. In addition, the components I used in the system are relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain”. Thus, it is no surprise that immediately after completing his degree, Arbel was brought into Elop, a subsidiary of Elbit, which specializes in the development and manufacturing of electro-optical systems for security applications. Among other products, the company develops long-range cameras, in the visible range and in the thermal range, and Arbel is responsible for the optical aspects of one of the most up-to-date products the company offers.

Arbel, 29 years old, completed his Bachelor’s degree in Optics and Communications in the Faculty of Engineering at Bar-Ilan, and immediately continued on to his Master’s degree in Optics with Prof. Avi Zadok. “It was a lot of fun to work with Avi as an individual, because of his personal relationship and the fact that his door is always open”, he says. “A beginning Master’s student needs a lot of guidance, and he needs someone with the time to answer him, sit down with him and explain patiently. That is the great advantage of the Faculty, in my opinion. Not only is the level of studies very high, but the relationship with the professional staff is great, and you always feel that you have someone there at your side. That’s something you don’t find in many places”.