As president, I wish to lay down a path – a vision – for AESA for years to come. This plan will be plural, practical, planning-oriented, pioneering and philosophical. These five “P”s of the president. We need to engage effectively with other Armenian and non-Armenian organizations. We must have a vision for 3 to 5 years down the road. We must plan with certain strategic considerations to foster short-term and long-term goals. Let us be practical and results-oriented. Let us have pioneering ideas for AESA. Finally, let us be philosophical and carry our discussions to shape and mold AESA to achieve its full potential.
I want to introduce “MAGIC”.
M e m b e r s h i p
A c a d e m i a
G e n e r a t i o n G a p
I n n o v a t i o n
C o m m u n i t y R e l a t i o n s
I wish to energize the organization and tap into the knowledge and experience of our past presidents, community leaders, financial leaders, other minority groups and our members. I wish to rejuvenate our ties with academia. I wish to bring along and offer opportunities to the young generation who shall be our future leaders. I wish to be innovative by initiating projects for college students that enhances the qualities of excellence and competitiveness. AESA is not alone in this world; therefore, we must recognize other organizations’ values, importance and contributions to our community. Let us expand a hand of cooperation to them and engage in conversations that shall pave the way for AESA to get more involved in Armenia’s continuing development and prosperity. Let us dream of small start-up companies that AESA will help foster by bridging contacts in Armenia and abroad. Support MAGIC and support AESA.
Razmik D. Gharakhanian
President AESA 2016
We as the AESA know that our community’s future depends entirely on the next generation of engineers and scientists. In 2015, the Young Professionals Committee was created to build a stronger connection to the youth and bridge the expertise of our organization with the ambitious minds of tomorrow’s professionals.
Learn more about the Young Professionals Committee here.
Dr. Hagop Panossian recalls that the nucleus for creating AESA started first as a dream during his early years in college. He wished for a worldwide Armenian scientific organization with the objective of creating venues for all engineers, scientists and industrialists of Armenian descent so that they might network, interact and help one another. The organization would include all Armenians under its wings, those from Armenia and the rest of the world.
During the late seventies, Dr. Panossian met with his friend, Dr. Stepan Simonian, in UCLA. They discussed the idea of a worldwide Armenian scientific organization to which Simonian expressed his great excitement. Panossian also presented the concept to the late Professor George Adomian who was a well-known mathematician and professor at the University of Georgia, in Atlanta. Panossian was further encouraged by the Professor’s enthusiasm. Upon this, Dr. Panossian and his wife Ani compiled a list of engineers and scientists from all around the world. They sent letters expressing the intent of forming an all Armenian engineering and scientific organization and received numerous positive responses but, of course, not without some negative ones as well.
During one of Professor Adomian’s visits to Los Angeles, Panossian with the help of Stepan Simonian and Misak Apelian contacted nearly 40 Armenian engineers and scientists and organized the first and official founding meeting on June 30, 1983. The founding meeting was held in the Castaways restaurant in Burbank and was attended by 23 people, they are:
Hagop Panossian, Stepan Simonian, Misak Apelian, Khachig Demirjian, Raffi Ohanian, Hrair Jabaghchourian, Varoujan Demirjian, Emil Maghakian, Robert Hartounian, Zaven Guiragossian, Asadour Hadjian, Zohrab Bedrossian, Abraham Bouyadjian, Varoujan Bedoyan, Hagop Bedikian, Alex Grigorian, Harutiun Surmenian, Ara Chutjian, Souren Bouickians, George Adomian, Ed Boyajian, George Mutafian and Vanagan Tatevosian.
The actual name “Armenian Engineers & Scientists of America” was coined at a later time during one of the succeeding meetings of the organization.
Later, in 1984, Panossian appointed an organizing committee consisting of Asadour Hadjian, Dr. Alex Grigorian, Misak Apelian, Dr. Stepan Simonian and Dr. Panossian himself. The organizing committee was tasked to develop the bylaws, obtain an official nonprofit status and organize the operating structure of AESA overall. Dr. Ara Chutjian, Harutiun Surmenian and Hagop Bedikian later joined the committee. The committee used the bylaws of the American Physical Society as a template, made some modifications to them and established a set of bylaws for AESA.