Instructional Staff



Communicating Science is taught by Raymond, Edith, and Jonathan Boxman. Ray provides most of the lectures. Edith lectures on English grammar and usage and business plans, and corrects the homework exercise. Ray and Edith have collaborated in presenting scientific writing short courses and tutorials for the past two decades, and together wrote the text book Communicating Science: a practical guide for engineers and physical scientists.

Ray and Edith have been married since 1972, and have four adult children and 7 grandchildren. In their “spare time”, they enjoy gardening, hiking, swimming, tennis, bicycling, and Israeli folk dancing.

Jonathan joined the teaching staff in 2019. He grades exercises and lectures, particularly in larger courses. And he is collaborating with Ray and Edith in preparing an edition of Communicating Science for life scientists.

Prof. Emeritus Raymond L. Boxman

The principal lecturer is Raymond L. Boxman. Ray received his S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He investigated vacuum arcs and high power vacuum switches at the General Electric Company in Philadelphia, as a Co-op Student and then as a Senior Research Engineer. Ray was appointed in 1975 to the Faculty of Engineering at Tel Aviv University, where he served until his retirement in 2015. At TAU, Boxman co-founded of the Electrical Discharge and Plasma Laboratory, was the incumbent of the Kranzberg Chair of Plasma Engineering, and served as Coordinator for the Materials Engineering Program, Head of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, and Vice Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering.
During the last decade Boxman focused his research on the application of arc plasma to material processing, including deposition of thin films, surface treatments, and water treatment. He has presented his work in over 500 journal papers and conference presentations, edited the Handbook of Vacuum Arc Science and Technology, and has been awarded 11 patents. Boxman is a recipient of the Joffee Foundation Award and the Walter Dyke Award, and was named as a Fellow by the IEEE and the International Microwave Power Institute.
Boxman was Chairman of the International Conference on Superhard Coatings in 2006. He served as Secretary of the Permanent International Scientific Committee of the International Symposia on Discharges and Electrical Insulation in Vacuum, and as a member of the Program Committee and Session Chairman for the Hard Coatings and PVD Symposium of the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films. He founded and was the first chairman of the Israel Plasma Science and Technology Association. Boxman served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, served as its guest editor for special issues on vacuum discharge plasmas, and on plasma deposition, and was a member of the Editorial Board for Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing. He currently serves on the editorial board of Plasma Sources Science and Technology. He served as Chairman of the Technical Program Committee for the International Microwave Power Institute Conference in 2014 and 2015 and is currently on IMPI’s Board of Governors.
For 16 years, Boxman taught a course on Technical Writing in English which was required for all engineering PhD students at Tel Aviv University. During much of his academic career, Boxman taught courses on electromagnetic fields. Boxman developed a transparent window for microwave ovens using transparent conducting coatings instead of the conventional metal grid, and founded Clear Wave Ltd. for commercializing it.

Edith Boxman

Edith Boxman received a B.A. degree in Economics and English from Tufts University, and then worked for the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston, MA. She received an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. From 1975 to 2013 she was employed by Bank Leumi in Tel Aviv where she held various banking and managerial positions. Besides her professional activities, Edith is a volunteer in La Leche League International, a women’s organization which encourages breast feeding worldwide, where she has had various leadership positions, including serving on its international  Board of Directors and as Treasurer. Both her professional and avocational activities included extensive writing, editing, and translation duties.

Dr.  Jonathan Boxman

Dr. Jonathan Boxman received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Life Sciences from Tel Aviv University Israel. The topic of his master’s thesis was “Regulation of carbon fixation by Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase”. Jonathan then served as a Science Officer in the Medical Corps of the Israel Defense Force, publishing and co-publishing several epidemiological research studies. Following his release from the IDF, Jonathan completed his doctoral studies, investigating integrated three-dimensional live imaging and molecular profiling of the differentiation of embryonic stem cells in embryoid bodies and received his Ph.D. from the Biochemistry Department of the Tel Aviv University Life Sciences Faculty. For the past three years, Jonathan has worked translating, editing and writing scientific research papers.