The story of M-Systems and Flash Technology
Dr. Amir Ban received his BSc from the Technion, Haifa (1978). He devoted the next three decades to a career as a developer, inventor and entrepreneur, during which, in 1986, he obtained an MSc from the Technion, Haifa. After working for several Israeli high-tech companies, in 1991 he became a founder of M-Systems, participating in pioneering the then-nascent flash memory technology, including the invention of USB flash drives in 1999. In parallel, he devoted many years to computer chess, authoring the program Junior AKA Deep Junior. In Paris 1997 Junior won its first world championship, and in Yokohama 2013, its eighth. Returning to academia in 2008, he received his PhD in 2014 from the Hebrew University at the Centre for Rationality. He is since doing post-doctorate research in Tel-Aviv University. He is the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Information Storage Systems Award.