Aram Hajian, Ph.D., is the Dean of the Zaven and Sonia Akian College of Science and Engineering (CSE) and the Director of the Engineering Research Center. Dr. Hajian received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University. After working in the Biomechanics Group at Exponent, Inc., he relocated to Armenia in 2000, where he has worked in a number of hi-tech, entrepreneurial and community positions. He has served as Executive Director of MadeinArmeniadirect.com and as a Managing Consultant at Arlex Intl. in Yerevan. He is also a co-founder and board member of the Chess Academy of Armenia. His scholarly publications are in the area of biomechanics and relate to the mechanical characterization of the human hand. He teaches several courses in the CSE related to Entrepreneurship and Project Management.
Varduhi Petrosyan, PhD, MS is a Professor of Health Sciences from the American University of Armenia (AUA) Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian School of Public Health (SPH). She is the Dean of the SPH and Director of the Center for Health Services Research and Development. Dr. Petrosyan was the Associate Dean in 2007-2015. She earned her PhD from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. She also has a Master of Science, focusing on environmental health, from the University of Idaho and a degree in biochemistry from Yerevan State University. She has successfully led health services research projects in Armenia and the region focusing on public health services, tobacco control, tuberculosis control, primary care, ophthalmic care, diabetes care, environmental health, and other important projects. Dr. Petrosyan teaches graduate courses in health services research, program evaluation, and comparative health systems. In 2011-2016, she was a member of the Country Coordination Mechanism for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs in the Republic of Armenia. In 2012-2014, Dr. Petrosyan was the Advisor on Health Reforms to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia on a voluntary basis. Currently she is a member of the Public Council next to the Minister of Health of the Republic of Armenia (MOH), the Management Council of the Health Inspectorate of the MOH, and the Working Group on Cancer Control Strategy of the MOH. Prior to her arrival to AUA, she held a position of Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she conducted research on comparative health systems (focusing on health spending and cross national comparison of quality) in member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Dr. Petrosyan has authored many peer-reviewed publications and has extensively presented her work at international scientific meetings and conferences. She is currently the Associate Editor of the International Journal for Equity in Health, an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal.
Sharistan Melkonian, is Dean of General Education and Director of Assessment and Accreditation. She has worked at AUA since 2011 when she joined the University as part of the development team for AUA’s undergraduate program. Melkonian is in charge of accreditation, assessment and institutional research and successfully co-led collaborative university efforts to earn reaffirmation of accreditation for nine years, through a U.S. Department of Education-recognized regional accreditation agency. Melkonian is also a member of the University’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee. She is also in charge of faculty professional development related to teaching and learning. Melkonian has presented at several international conferences in the United States, Europe and Armenia on teaching, learning and assessment. She served on the inaugural Accreditation Committee of the National Center for Professional Education Quality Assurance Foundation, Armenia’s national accreditation agency. Prior to joining AUA she led the Armenian Volunteer Corps, Armenia’s premier volunteer placement organization. Prior to moving to Armenia, Melkonian spent eight years as Legislative Director for YouthBuild USA, a national non-profit organization providing education, counseling and job training to unemployed youth. A Massachusetts native, Melkonian has lived in Los Angeles, New York, and Boston where she was actively involved with a number of organizations, including St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School and the Armenian National Committee of America. She has served on the Steering Committee for the Youth Policy Action Center (Washington, DC) and the Campaign for Youth (Washington, DC), the Board of Directors and the Education Council of the St. Stephen’s Elementary School (Watertown, MA); and as Board Member of the Armenian National Committee of America. She has a B.A. in Communications from Worcester State University and an M.A. in Comparative and International Education with a concentration in Economics and Education from Teachers College Columbia University. She is currently earning a doctorate in Higher Education Management at the University of Pennsylvania.