Rector - Prof. Chaim Hames
Prof. Chaim Hames took up the rector's postion on August 1, 2018.
He served as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev from 2016, until he was elected rector.
Hames received his PhD in Medieval History from Cambridge University in 1996, and since then has been a lecturer in the Department of General History at BGU. From 2011-2015, he was the department chair.
In 2013, he set up
the Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters as part of the I-CORE initiative (one of two Center's funded in the Humanities and the only Center based in BGU).
His research interests include Medieval and Renaissance Jewish, Christian and Muslim mysticism and philosophy, apocalypticism, inter-religious polemics, conversion, Bible and Talmud translations and issues dealing with religious conversion.
Vice Rector, Prof. Gal deBotton
Prof. deBotton took up the position on August 5, 2018.
He served as Head of BGU's Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2007 till 2012.
Gal deBotton received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993, and since has been a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at BGU.
Since 2007 he is also affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
His research interests, in the field of the Mechanics of Solids, are: composite and smart materials, mechanical response of soft biological tissues, electro-mechanical coupling in polymer networks, and shape memory alloys (Nitinol) springs.
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