UCLA Appoints Dr. Ann R. Karagozian Sarafian as Inaugural Director of Promise Armenian Institute

The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) has the distinct pleasure to share the news of its Board Member and Armenia Committee Chair Dr. Ann R. Karagozian Sarafian’s appointment as Inaugural Director of Promise Armenian Institute, which will include the new Armenian Studies Center. Dr. Karagozian will be involved in the selection of its first Director.

As stated in the official announcement by the UCLA International Institute “The Promise Armenian Institute is a groundbreaking new entity within the UCLA International Institute. The new institute will be the hub for world-class research and teaching on Armenian Studies, and for coordinating new and ongoing research and public impact programs across UCLA, from social sciences to health sciences; from humanities to music, the arts and engineering; and from public policy to management. The Promise Armenian Institute’s size, scope and interdisciplinary approach make it the first of its kind in the world.”

Dr. Karagozian received her bachelor’s degree in engineering from UCLA, graduating summa cum laude. She received her master’s degree and doctorate from Caltech and joined the UCLA faculty in 1982. Dr. Karagozian currently is 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.

The AMAA extends it congratulations and good wishes to Dr. Karagozian for a successful leadership role at the “Promise Armenian Institute.”

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