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Ann Karagozian Appointed as Inaugural Director of Promise Armenian Institute

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LOS ANGELES, CA – The American University of Armenia (AUA) is proud to share that Dr. Ann Karagozian, member of the University Board of Trustees and chair of its Educational Policy Committee, was appointed inaugural director of Promise Armenian Institute. Dr. Karagozian is distinguished professor at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Operating within the UCLA International Institute, the Promise Armenian Institute was made possible with a $20 million donation from the estate of Kirk Kerkorian. As stated in the official announcement by the UCLA International Institute, “the Promise Armenian Institute positions UCLA to significantly build upon its more than 50 years of history of Armenian Studies.” It will focus on world-class research and teaching on Armenian Studies, as well as public impact programs across UCLA that range from social sciences, humanities, music and arts to health sciences and engineering.

Dr. Karagozian is currently the head of UCLA’s Energy and Propulsion Research Laboratory and the director of the joint UCLA-Air Force Research Laboratory Collaborative Center for Aerospace Sciences. In 2018, she was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering for her outstanding contributions to combustion and propulsion, education of future aerospace engineers, and service to the U.S.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia, affiliated with the University of California, and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States. AUA provides local and international students with Western-style education through top-quality undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, promotes research and innovation, encourages civic engagement and community service, and fosters democratic values.