AESA Installs New 2015 Council
GLENDALE – At its general membership meeting in January, the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA) introduced its new council for the year 2015. The new executive council consists of:
- Marina Guevrekian Ph.D., President
- Razmik Gharakhanian, Vice President
- Vasken Yardemian, Past President
- Mark Abajian, Executive Secretary
- Armineh Khachatoorian, Treasurer
The Councilors in large are:
- Aram Setian
- Arin Abed
- Ohan Armenian
- Argineh Shabandari
- Talin Petrosian
- Richard Ohanian
- Vrej Agajanian
- Eddie Atoian
- Christ Kirikian
The outgoing President, Vasken Yardemian, reported last year’s activities and achievements of the organization. AESA had a successful year of organizing series of scientific lectures and workshops as well as the annual Science Olympiad competition, which was held at California State University, Northridge.
“We developed partnerships with other Armenian professional organizations by organizing a successful mixer with the Armenian National Committee Professional Network (ANC-PN) at CBS studios”mentioned Yardemian.
In addition, the AESA had started collaborations with the College of Science and Engineering of the American University of Armenia (AUA) and the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA). AESA New-New Jersey Chapter initiated a certification program with the Rutgers University of New Jersey to conduct short courses at NUACA in Armenia. Already two of the AESA New-New Jersey chapter members were in Armenia last October to teach two certificate courses in Construction Management. Furthermore, AESA completed a Feasibility Study on a project to improve the water supply and irrigation system of four villages close to the border in Armenia. These villages are:
- Agarak in Kapan Region
“We are now in the process of studying several development options for this project” concluded Yardemian.
Yardemian then introduced the incoming President Marina Guevrekian, as the first female President of the AESA. Dr. Guevrekian shared her plans and goals for the upcoming year.
“We would like AESA to become an inviting venue to foster youth and experience” stated Guevrekian.
AESA will continue to play an influential role in the community, by conducting projects in Armenia and the Diaspora for the benefit of the Armenian Community.
“Our new projects involving the young generation and establishment of ties with Armenian businesses in the engineering and scientific fields will bring AESA to the next level.”
AESA is and will continue to be actively present in the lives of our middle and high school students by continuing the Science Olympiad program and by initiating the new strategic games for Armenian schools’ middle school students. The establishment of the young professionals group, their collaboration with our established scientists and engineers and other young professional associations is in AESA’s plans for 2015.
“We would like to invite all the engineers and scientists of Armenian descent to join AESA, as united, we can better achieve our goals. Let’s work together in 2015 and fulfill our organization’s mission and address the technical and scientific needs of all Armenians throughout the world,” concluded Guevrekian.
By the end of the meeting, there was a discussion among its membership about the future of AESA.
Established in 1983 in Glendale, California, AESA is a non-partisan and non-sectarian philanthropic organization focused primarily on addressing the professional, technical and scientific needs of fellow Armenian engineers, scientists, industrialists and architects throughout the world. For more information, check AESA’s website at www.aesa.org , or contact (818) 547-3372, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.