Shimon is the founding dean of the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science at IDC Herzliya, a new Israeli university founded in 1994. Before returning to Israel in 1995, Shimon was associate professor and program director at New York University (1986-1996), and a visiting professor at Harvard University. Shimon holds a Ph.D. in Operations and Systems Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He won the ICIS Best Doctoral Dissertation award (1987), IBM's Eclipse Scholar Award (2005), and a recent Google grant (2010) to develop games that expose kids to scientific thinking, with special emphasis on algorithmics. Shimon published in the areas of decision theory and computer science fundamentals, including books by MIT Press and McGraw-Hill. His two life passions are mountain biking and computer science education.
TEDGlobal 2012, TEDGlobal 2009
Areas of Expertise
Computer Science, mountain biking, education
An idea worth spreading
People want to give. What they lack is a structure and a framework that will help them zero in on a cause and a project that turn them on.
I'm passionate about
Cross country mountain biking. And after biking 20,000 miles in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, I am convinced that Israel is the best mountain biking location in the world
People don't know I'm good at
Rehabilitating convicted juvenile offenders
My TED story
I watch TED talks daily, during lunch break. I am co-organizer of TEDxTelAviv, which will be held in Spring 2010.