FRIEDA GRANOT, CM, PhD
Grad Year: 1969 and 1971
Faculty/Degree: BSc Mathematics and MSc Computer Science
Current Location: Advisory Council Chair Professor in Management Science; Sauder School of Business at UBC, Vancouver
Professional Highlights: A member of the Order of Canada, Dr. Frieda Granot is an award-winning mathematician and computer scientist who is a pioneer in the field of Operations Research. When she was appointed at UBC Sauder in 1976, she was the only female tenure track faculty member, and remained so for close to 10 years. She was also the first female Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Interdisciplinary Research. She is still the only female faculty member in the UBC Sauder’s Operations and Logistics Division, and often participates in workshops, panel discussions and other events to encourage young women to study the sciences and engineering. Dr. Granot is a champion of the under-represented and has helped to raise millions of dollars to support UBC students with disabilities, Indigenous students and women in science. Dr. Granot also was honored as one of Top 100- Canada’s Most Powerful Women award in the Trailblazers and Trendsetters category for promoting women in science and engineering.
A proud Technion alumna, Dr. Granot reflects on the benefits of her Technion education.
Q & A
I enjoyed the interaction with my classmates, all very smart and ambitious. All my professors were excellent and although I worked hard, I always felt that I was getting an exceptional education. I met my husband of 51 years at the Technion and we are still happily married. In our family, we have 13 Technion degrees!
The courses I took and the professors I had at the Technion were all outstanding. Although it was a male dominated environment, I saw it as an opportunity to excel and I was always treated as an equal.
After obtaining our Master’s degrees at the Technion, both my husband and I were accepted with scholarships to all the universities in the US we applied to, no doubt due in part to the fact that we were both Technion graduates. During our PhD studies, we felt that we had a big advantage over other students due to the level of education we received at the Technion.
The education I got and the amazing achievements of Technion alumni, both nationally and internationally. I encourage others to support the Technion - you will be helping the next generation of top scientists and engineers who will transform the world.