Efi Arazi (1937-2013)
Efi Arazi, for whom the IDC School of Computer Science is named, was one of the forefathers of the Israeli high tech industry.
In 1965, while studying at MIT, Arazi designed a camera for NASA, which was used by the Apollo 11 space mission to transmit the first images from the moon. At the age of 25, he invented a revolutionary auto-focus mechanism, thus cementing his position as one of the leading figures in the global electro-optic industry.
Upon returning to Israel in 1968, Arazi founded the Scitex Corporation, which developed the first digital prepress computer and CCD scanner in the world. These developments made Scitex the world's leader in digital printing, with sales of over $10 billion.
In 1990, at the age of 54, Arazi founded Electronics for Imaging Inc., which invented unique software and controllers that can transform any copier into a quality color printer, to instant industry success. With over a million units sold, EFI currently employs some 1,000 people across 20 countries.
Over the years, Arazi also chaired several startup companies focusing on various fields, from digital video imaging to monitoring and managing business processes.
We are proud that Efi Arazi has chosen to give his name to the IDC Herzliya’s School of Computer Science. His pioneering vision and abilities have left their mark on the school, and we are deeply committed to see the teaching and research achievements marked by the school, faculty, and students realize his vision, and train pioneering entrepreneurs to carry on in his path.