Prof. Jacob Bortman

Date and place of birth: Israel, Tel Aviv, 30 May 1959

Department of Mechanical Engineering 

Ben- Gurion University of the Negev

Tel: + 972-8-6477090,
Mobile: + 972-54-9473007

• Education

B.Sc.  1978-1982: Tel Aviv University, Mechanical Engineering.                                                                        

M.Sc. 1983-1984: Tel Aviv University, Mechanical Engineering                                                                      
Thesis title:  "Extended Weight Function Method Analysis of a Mixed Mode Fracture Specimen", Supervisor: Prof. Leslie Banks-Sills          

D.Sc.  1988-1991: Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA, Mechanical Engineering
Thesis title: "Nonlinear Models for Fastened Structural Connection Based on the p- Version of the Finite Element Method", Supervisor: Prof. Barna Szabo.

• Employment History

2010-Present - Full Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

2006-2009 - Head of Material Directorate, in the rank of Brigadier General. Holds research level A+, Israel Air Force

2004-2006 - Head of Aircraft Department, Israel Air Force

2002-2004 - Head of UAV and Space Department, Israel Air Force

2000-2002 - Commander of "Base 108" - IAF's Electronic Depot, Israel Air Force

1999-2000 - Head of "Yaav" – IAF's Engineering Laboratories, Israel Air Force

1997-1999 - Head of Aircraft Maintenance unit at Tel Nof  AFB, Israel Air Force

1994-1997 - Head of Mechanical Branch, Israel Air Force

1992-1994 - Head of Technology group in the Mechanical Branch, Israel Air Force

1991-1992 - Head of Aircraft Engineering Group in the IAF Depot. Responsibility for development of modifications and     repairs of all IAF aircrafts, Israel Air Force

1985-1988 - Head of  Fatigue and Damage Tolerance Lab, IAF. Responsibility for all IAF fighters, helicopters and other aircrafts, Israel Air Force

1982-1985 - Engineer in Fatigue and Damage Tolerance Lab, IAF. Head of  F-15 and F-16 team, Israel Air Force

• Professional Activities 

                (a)    Membership in professional/scientific societies

2011 – present         ISIG - Israel Structural Integrity Group

2010 – present         ESIS - European Structural Integrity Society

2012 – 2013             IACMM - Israel Association for Computational Methods in Mechanics

2012 – present         BINDT - The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing

2012 – present         Israeli Organization for PHM – Establishing the Israeli
                               group for PHM.

(b)    Positions in academic administration

a.      ME departmental price committee for excellent students

b.      ME departmental curriculum committee

c.      ME departmental final year project committee

d.      Member of the Paul Ivanier Center For Robotics Research  And Product   

e.      The head of the "ZAHAL to the Negev" committee – the Recotor                                               nomination

               (c)   Professional functions outside universities/institutions

            2011 – present: Member, Board of Directors Van Leer Technology Ventures
Jerusalem Ltd. (hi-tech incubator).

            2011 – present: Chairman, Board of Gema Medical Ltd.

  2011 – present: CEO, 3F - Fracture. Fatigue. Finite elements Ltd.

             2011 – 2012: Member, Executive Board, DiffDoof   Ltd.

            2013 – 2014: Board of directors Blades Technology International, Inc, Precision
                                Components International, Inc, Blades Technology Ltd , Turbine Jet Ltd.

            2014 – present: Chairman, Board of Keren Medical Ltd.

              (d)  Significant professional consulting

                     IAI – failure investigation of UAV
                     IAI – MLM – classified committees                                                                                                                   
                     Hi-tech incubator – consulting to start-up companies