First degrees in Aerospace Engineering (formally) and Physics (informally) at the Technion.
Participated in the Technion Excellence Program: October 2005- July 2008.
Yair built a multi-disciplinary curriculum combining aeronautical engineering studies with many courses in physics that allowed him to study advanced subjects in both fields.
He carried out two research projects, including one implementing fluid dynamics in medicine:
1. Along with another student at his department he carried out a research project on the dynamics of the brain after a head impact. The purpose of this study was to create a simple model of the brain, meninges and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that would allow them to discern the important factors that cause or prevent brain injury due to head acceleration/deceleration. The research received one of the Seginer Awards for Research from the Aerospace department. The project was done under the guidance of Prof. Gil Iosilevskii of the Aerospace Engineering Department, and with the cooperation of Dr. Abeshaus and Prof. Menashe Zaaroor of the Department of Neurosurgery at Rambam Healthcare Campus.
2. As a final project in the undergraduate studies in Aerospace, Yair was part of a team of students that researched the aerodynamics of "wingsuits". The purpose of this study was to create a basis for understanding the characteristics of fabric skydiving suits with "wings", designed for high performance flight. Furthermore, they sought to design an "optimal" suit and find the pilot requirements that would allow the highest gliding qualities. The research included the creation of analytical and empirical models, intensive wind-tunnel experiments with a specially designed miniature human model, testing of pilot physical load limits at a gym and the design of a wingsuit simulator to test handling capabilities of the different models. The research received the award for best student research project at the 49th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences and the second prize of the 2009 Technological Innovation Award from the Technion. The project was done under the guidance ofProf. Gil Iosilevskii.
Recommendation to Program participants: "use the opportunity you've been given to begin research already during your undergraduate studies. Don't use the time only for courses – research is the best way to broaden your horizons and introduce your creativity into your work".
Today (2011): doing his graduate studies at the Technion (Aerospace Eng.) while doing his military service.