Interesting alumnus enjoys success as engineer and author
Photo of Indiana Tech Alum, Abraham Anouchi
Alumnus Abraham (Abe) Anouchi, BSEE 1954, was born in pre-state Israel and grew up in the large city of Haifa, where his mother tongue was Hebrew. During his growing up years, he learned to speak both French and British English. The latter of these two languages would later cause some confusion at the university level.
Abe was fortunate to receive letters of acceptance from five colleges, including one school in France, one in Geneva, and three in the United States. Since he had his heart set on seeing America, Abe chose to attend the first college in the States that accepted him which just happened to be a small school in Fort Wayne known as Indiana Technical College. Abe knew little about this school and even less about Fort Wayne when he made his decision to enroll at Indiana Tech (then known as Indiana Technical College or ITC).
As mentioned, English was spoken a bit differently in Haifa. “At ITC, I had to submit an essay, which was a new word for me,” stated Abe. “In Haifa, they called it composition.” And the difficulties with words did not end there. After turning in his essay on archaeology, Abe was upset to see red marks indicating three misspelled words, so he consulted his dictionary to double-check his spelling. “‘There are no mistakes in my essay’, I told my professor. She responded, ‘Show me your dictionary.’ When I showed her my Oxford Dictionary, she told me to buy a Webster to which I responded, ‘What’s a Webster?’” Abe shared. The professor went on to explain that in America, people spelled according to the Webster’s Dictionary. “She told me to forget my British spelling because in America, people spelled the Webster way,” Abe said. “So, I bought a Webster and modified my essay by changing ‘colour’ to ‘color’, ‘honour’ to ‘honor’, and ‘vigour’ to ‘vigor’.”
While there may have been a few spelling “hiccups”, Abe credits Indiana Tech for providing him with the proper preparation to continue his education at Harvard University where he earned a Masters of Engineering. He also earned membership in Iota Kappa Honorary Scholastic Society. Abe’s dissertation at Harvard was on semiconductors at a time when transistors had just been invented three years prior. His thesis attracted the attention of Sylvania in Boston. “I was hired as a circuit designer using transistors when they were state-of-the-art. Most everything was still being done using vacuum tubes,” Abe commented.
Abe went on to design control circuits for missiles, radiometers in satellites, ocean floor scanning instruments, and he holds several patents. He had an outstanding career that led him to serve as vice president of a division of United Technologies Corporation, and later Abe even founded his own company – AYA Instruments. According to the website, “AYA is a leading dynamic company specializing in designing and supplying power metering equipment, instruments and electrical metering devices for the electric power industry and for process control applications.” Discover more by visiting www.AYAInstruments.com.
After writing and publishing many technical and non-technical articles in both English and Hebrew, Abe took up the task of writing a memoir for his grandchildren. He wrote one in English and one in Hebrew. He wanted to share his experiences growing up in Haifa and pass along the Jewish history and tradition to the next generation.
Abe’s passion for archaeology is what led him to write the historical novel, The Hidden Scroll. “I thought it would be worth my while to try my luck at writing a novel,” he commented. This book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in print or e-book form. It can also be purchased through Abe’s website at www.anouchibooks.com. A second novel that focuses on rare earth elements has been completed with hopes of being published by year’s end, and Abe has begun writing another archaeological novel, too.
When asked about his secret for success, Abe quoted the words of President Calvin Coolidge: "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded
genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." Living by these words has certainly made for an interesting life for Abe filled with great success and accomplishment.