AESA 2020 Executive Council

Dear AESA Members,

We would like to introduce you to our 2020 AESA Executive Council. These individuals will lead our organization to new and better heights. With their vast background and expertise, we believe we are in capable hands.

Richard Ohanian – President

Richard Ohanian holds a B.S. in Applied Physics­ from Azad University in Tehran, Iran, and a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering ­from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). He has more than 15 years of experience in the industry as a technologist/engineer and manager. He has been with Axiom Microdevices as RFIC designer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory as RF/Microwave/Robotics Engineer and Technical Group Supervisor, as well as Cruise as Principal Engineer and Team Lead. Richard was an adjunct faculty member of Robotics and Electronics at Glendale Community College, where he also established GCC’s Robotics Academy, as well as a Lecturer of Electrical Engineering at California Institute of Technology. He won various NASA group achievement awards and has multiple U.S. patents. His publications include a physics book for high school students, which was published in Iran. Richard has founded numerous organizations such as ArmEngine (2004) and Ohaniom Enterprises (2015), and has been active in various capacities with community organizations both in Iran and the U.S. 

Mr. Ohanian’s LinkedIn |

Aram Ter-Martirosyan – Vice President

Aram Ter-Martirosyan holds a B.S. from UCLA in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He started his professional career in 1993 at Lexi International, a Telecommunications company as a Software Engineer and very rapidly advanced to Senior Software Engineer, Project Manager and ultimately, Software Architect. At Lexi, he designed and developed real-time call management software and a billing system for more than twenty thousand simultaneous users which saved the company more than thirty million dollars in operational expenses within the first two years of deployment. He was highly recognized numerous times by his peers and senior management. In 1996, Aram joined, a new Internet startup, as co-founder and CIO, who designed and implemented a real-time website hit counting system which revolutionized the Internet’s add-and-hit counting and reporting technology. This company was successfully sold to a much larger competitor, which is still utilizing the same system, mainly for being more advanced in technology. From 1997 to 1999, he worked as an independent consultant for the software development and IT departments of Telecommunications and Internet companies. Aram Ter-Martirosyan worked with numerous well-known companies including MCI Telecommunications, Sprint Telecommunications, Star Telecomm, (Yahoo) and Aegis Telecommunications Group. In September of 1999, Aram Ter-Martirosyan joined Hi-Tech Gateway, Inc as CIO. In 2002 he joined ConnectTo Communications, Inc again as co-founder and CIO.

Mr. Ter-Martirosyan’s LinkedIn |

Dr. Ara Chutjian – Past President

Dr. Ara Chutjian recently retired from the Caltech/Jet Propulsion Laboratory after 48 years as a Research Physicist and Group Supervisor, and as Principal Investigator on two flight instruments sent to the International Space Station. He has developed new research areas in electron-ion scattering; ultralow energy electron attachment; generation of fast, neutral atomic beams; trace-species detection (including nerve agents and explosives); and development of compact gas-chromatograph/mass spectrometers for space flight. He has over 180 publications in the refereed literature and given over 230 presentations at scientific proceedings. He is the recipient of two NASA gold medals and the AESA Hambartsumyan gold medal for his research. He received his BSc from Brown University and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Dr. Chutjian served as AESA President in 2019.

Dr. Chutjian’s contact  LinkedIn |

Linda Megerdichian – Secretary

Linda Megerdichian holds a B.S. degree from Azad University and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering – Digital and Computer Science from California State University, Northridge. Currently, she is a Digital Hardware Design Engineer, designing digital logic for high-speed signal processing devices. She is also the Director of Curriculum Development at a private tutoring company and as of August 2019, founded her own tutoring company, Find Tutors Now. During the past year, Linda initiated the Yeram Armenian Recitation program for students to develop public speaking and stage performance skills. She has been serving as Secretary on the AESA Executive Council since 2019. Since January 2019, Linda and her team have also established and have been leading the AESA Leadership and Entrepreneurship Academy (ALEA) which was one of the most successful initiatives of 2019. She wishes to bring the STEM community together to create a stronger network of Armenian scientists and engineers who continue to support and empower one another. 

Ms. Megerdichian’s contact LinkedIn |

Sona Juharyan – Treasurer

Sona Juharyan is a transportation engineer with Caltrans District 7. Her current position as Materials Engineer supports D7 (Los Angeles and Ventura Counties) on roadway design, ensuring that it is designed and constructed according to standards. Previously, she was an employee of Alta Vista Solutions as a Materials Representative (SMR) for Caltrans Materials Engineering and Testing Services (METS). As an SMR, her responsibilities were to review submittals daily for conformance with project documents, standard plans and specifications, as well as anticipate and resolve any issues associated with Quality Assurance and Source Inspection while maintaining standards, consistency, contract schedule and cost. Sona obtained her B.S. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. She has been the AESA Science Olympiad Committee chair since 2015, during which, she has expanded the AESA Science Olympiad to include participating students from New York, Armenia and Artsakh. She continues to contribute to the advancement of STEM knowledge in youth by providing mentoring workshops. Sona has been an active member of the 2017 and 2018 GALA committees, 2019 AESA Conference and Expo, and Robotics Team. 

Ms. Jouharyan’s contact LinkedIn |