Ira Cherkes /
First degree in Molecular Biochemistry at the Technion. First degree in Computer Science from the Open University. M.Sc in Nano Technology at the Technion. Participated in the Technion Excellence Program: 2004 - 2007. Ira changed her curriculum to suit her needs. She included advanced courses in her curriculum, without taking the preliminary courses needed for them. Ira included Interdisciplinary studies -courses from Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science faculties that are not in the recommended curriculum. She also did a research project after her first year, as well as another during her last year. Today (2012): Ira workes as a software developer in a startup that develops faster scanning microscope biological plates. Recommendation to Program participants: "Study out of the love to science and technology, not because it's obligatory. Smart people can manage well without a degree".