|Sevada Chamras, PhD|
Established in 1993, the mission of the AESA Research and Education Committee (REC) is to sponsor the publishing of science and technical texts in Armenia, provide grants to scientists and engineers in Armenia to generate technical products, and promote the advancement of science and engineering education in Armenia.
There is critical shortage of technical and academic texts written in the Armenian language due to lack of funds to pay authors for writing new books. The Armenian books that are available are either outdated or falling apart due to their age. Since students are forced to use books written in Russian and English, the Armenian technical literary base is under threat of becoming extinct. The Research and Education Committee (REC), in conjunction with the Armenian Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, is helping to rectify this problem by providing funding to engineers, scientists, and architects in Armenia to author and publish their academic texts in Armenia.
The REC was instrumental in awarding grants to Armenia’s top scientists, who have significant contributions to Armenia’s technology development. AESA sponsored the publication of dozens of research level and academic textbooks for universities in Armenia. These books are currently being used at universities and technology institutes all over Armenia. Thousands of students study more of their engineering and science courses now in their native Armenian language.
The REC created a local technological and industrial network providing grants to scientists and engineers in Armenia to generate technical products. Funds provided buy AESA helped reduced the “Brain Drain” problem that resulted from the breakup of the Soviet Union and collapse of economy that immediately followed.
The Victor Hambartsumyan Award
In March 1994, AESA established the Victor Hambartsumyan Award for technical excellence. Victor Hambartsumyan was the first to receive this award, which was bestowed upon him in Armenia. Later that year, in November, AESA bestowed the award to three more scientists in Armenia. Throughout the years that followed, a total of 15 awards were given to scientists in Armenia. The Research and Education Committee also sponsored the printing of a pamphlet, which is handed out to visitors at the Victor Hambartsumyan museum in Armenia.
AESA President 1994,
(Center Left) and
talk during the AESA
in Armenia 1994.
From 1995 to 2000, the Research and Education Committee awarded 3 Armenian scientists annually with AESA’s Scientist of the Year $300 honorarium.
For a variety of reasons, this tradition lapsed and the award was not given in nearly a decade. The improved Armenian economy and rising value of the Dram in comparison to the American dollar are perhaps among the reasons to blame. On the Silver Anniversary of AESA and 100th birthday of Victor Hambartsumyan, the AESA Council and Past Presidents Committee (PPC) found the occasion most fitting to revive this tradition and honor individuals who have dedicated a lifetime to serving the Armenian engineering and sciences community. A banquet will be held in honor of the award winner,who will receive a certificate and the AESA Victor Hambartsumyan medalion.
The inscription on the medallion is:
“Victor Hambartsumyan Award bestowed by AESA in recognition of sustained excellence and outstanding contributions to the advancement of Engineering and Sciences in the Armenian community”
Past recipients of the Victor Hambartsumyan Award since its re-installment in 2008
|| Award Winner
|2008|| Prof. Mihran Agbabian
Dr. Hagop Panossian
|2009||Prof. George K. Chilingarian|
|2010||Dr. Ara Chutjian|
|2012||Dr. Vaughn Gregor|
Computer and Software
Since 1993, the Research and Education Committee has arranged software research assignments between Armenian-American firms and university students (software specialists) in Armenia. By 2003, nearly $100,000 was provided to these students. With their computer programming skills, students were able to produce software customized for the needs of these companies. AESA also sponsored the preparation of an Eastern Armenian spell check program, which contained a database of about 50,000 words.
Activities in the US
AESA scientists have participated regularly in the California State Science Fairs where they judge projects from high school and junior high school students throughout the State of California. In addition, AESA members have mentored science students and judged science projects for local Armenian schools for over a decade. The REC members have prepared and presented software-marketing workshops to hundreds of university students in Armenia. Members also have presented science industry workshops at Rockwell International Aerospace for local Armenian teachers and principals.
AESA Commissions Over Forty Authors in Armenia to Publish Academic Books
By Sarkis Barkhoudarian,
Chairman, Research and Educational Grant Project Committee,
GLENDALE – One of the lesser-known crises in Armenia today is the increasing lack of technical books and academic texts written in Armenian. These books are either unavailable, becoming outdated, or falling apart due to age. Because of the lack of financial resources, no new books are being written and printed in Armenia to replace and update the old texts. Instead, books written in Russian and English are being used.
As the more technically skilled Armenians continue to leave Armenia, it is likely that technical education will be in English and Russian, and thus the Armenian technical literary base will be lost.
The Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA) Research and Education Committee is helping to ameliorate this problem by providing funding to engineers, scientists, and architects in Armenia to author and publish academic books in Armenian.
The Committee, working with the Armenian Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences, has commissioned over forty authors from State Engineering University of Armenia (SEUA), Yerevan State University (YSU) and Yerevan Institute of Architecture and Construction (YIAC) to publish their books. Over 15 of these books have already been published since 1994. These books have been and are being used by hundreds of students as textbooks in the universities and technology institutes of Armenia.
The funding of these books is provided by generous donors. These books are dedicated to the donors or to their loved ones who are acknowledged as the sponsor of the book on the first page. Today, the cost of writing and publishing 500 copies of a book is from $1,500 to $5,000, depending on the number of pages and the amount of artwork.
The following books have already been published by the generous donations of these sponsors:
Theory of Computer Aided Design Systems by Prof. Harutune Terzian. Sponsored by Mr. Art Darian.
Microelectronics by Prof. Vladimir Harutunyan. Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Sarkis Barkhoudarian
Leather Manufacturing by Prof. Samvel Harutunyan. Sponsored by an anonymous donor.
Geodesy by Prof. R.H. Movsisian. Sponsored by the Khudikian Family.
Microwave Technologies by Prof. Vladimir Haroutunian. Sponsored by Mr. Joe Dorian.
Armenians’ Genetics by Prof. Rouben Haroutunian. Sponsored by Ms. Armine Der Hovanisian.
Thermal Power by Prof. Maroukhanian. Sponsored by Mrs. Gohar Tikidjian.
Solid State Physics by Dr. Albert Kiragosian. Sponsored by Dr. Shahen Bogossian.
Evolution Theory by Dr. Nadejda Beglaryan. Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Ben and Janet Roth.
Computers by Prof. B. Jonpoladyan. Sponsored by the AESA SEUA Alumni Committee (State Engineering University of Armenia).
Heat Transfer Processes by L. Hovanissian, A. Gevorkyan, and A. Galustyan. Sponsored by the AESA SEUA Alumni Committee.
Atomic Plant Heat Byproducts by L. Ghuloyan. Sponsored by the AESA SEUA Alumni Committee.
Twelve other academic books have been sponsored by SEUA and YIAC Alumni Committee of AESA.
The books listed below, sponsored by the following generous donors, have been drafted but not yet published:
Armenian/Caucasian Architecture by Prof. Edward Tigranian. Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Darian and Dr. and Mrs. Stepan Stepanian.
Microelectroschematics by Prof. Senik Mkrtichyan. Sponsored by Mr. Vanig Godoshian.
Seismic Engineering by Prof. Yuri Safaryan. Needs a sponsor.
Industrial Toxicology by Dr. Emil Babayan. Sponsored by the Saryan Family.
Fiber Optics Networks by Dr. M. Nishanian. Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Atoian.
Electrodynamics by Dr. Yuri Vartanyan. Sponsored by Dr. Stepan Ovanessoff.
Liquid Crystal Hydrodynamic Instabilities by Dr. R Akopyan and Dr. Y. Chilingirian. Sponsored by Mr. George Movsessian and Mrs. Nanette Meramedtjian.
Any amount of contribution is welcomed. However, contributions over $1,500 will offer you the opportunity to have a book dedicated to your loved ones and thus immortalize their names. A few copies of the published books are available for sale at $20 each.
Please contact Sarkis Barkhoudarian, Chairman, AESA Research and Educational Grant Projects Committee, at (818) 347-9122 in the evenings to sponsor or buy a book. Or you may mail your tax-deductible donations to AESA, a non-profit, technological, educational organization:
1616 Victory Blvd., Suite 205
Glendale, CA 91201, USA
Nver Khachaturyan, PhD