30th Anniversary

The ARPA Institute 30th Anniversary Conference & Gala

June 11, 2022

This year, 2022 being the 30th anniversary of its founding, the ARPA Institute is organizing a one-day public conference on education, science, technology and healthcare and their impact on socio-economic wellbeing and political perspectives. The program is intended to promote public participation and dialogue.

Conference: 9:30am - California State University Northridge, Northridge Center room within the USU building
  • Free admission
  • The conference will be hybrid, in-person with option to live-stream, virtual platforms:
  • Keynote speakers, followed by two sessions of three speakers each and a panel discussion.
    • Morning, on science, education and technology, effects on industrial developments and well-being.
    • Afternoon on healthcare, social and political development.
Gala Banquet: 6:30pm - Sheraton Universal Hotel, Starview room
  • Social and networking event, keynote speaker, Mr. Al Eisaian, cultural program.
  • Dinner: pay-per-person: $200.

In partnership with Gituzh and AESA

Desired Impact

The ARPA Institute Board of Directors believe that this event will be an impactful public learning experience that will offer the participants opportunities to draw upon the methods and insights of these important subjects, as well as foster greater understanding among people. ARPA Institute will also invite experts from Armenia to connect with their peers in California and promote better understanding of one another, appreciation of shared heritage of diverse cultures, for a more tolerant development of society. The content of the conference program, formulated by the 30th Anniversary Committee is tailored to promote wide public participation and encourage interactions between different communities, for potential collaboration between institutions and organizations. The fundamental objective is to relate histories, experiences and/or contemporary issues of concern to the Armenian community in California, promote discussion of ideas and different points of view and deeper understanding of culture heritage and history, as well as encourage critical thinking and analysis, The Conference will be a forum for dialogue to smooth diversity of views about topics of common interest, as well as a means for intergenerational discussions to inspire the new generation to learn more about history and cultural heritage. Our surveys from similar events organized in the past have the organization members convinced that the impact will be positive, both in terms of education and constructive dialogue amongst people of similar heritage but diverse lifestyles and social environments. The ARPA Institute always tries to offer participants opportunities to draw upon the new methods and approaches to solving inter-societal problems for greater understanding among people and concentrate on thoughtful reflection on important topics. The idea is to create links between one another to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape a better future. The ARPA Institute 30th Anniversary program has a special focus on expanding public participation and reducing social and artificial barriers. Moreover, connecting Armenians in Armenia and those in California will invite collaboration between the two countries that may enhance social and political discourse as well as bring about economic benefits.

Resources Required

To implement the conference, the 30th Anniversary Celebration Committee will hold the Conference in the California State University, Northridge, and a professional Live-Streaming team to provide the capability for on-line participation will be working on it. This will allow people of the same heritage in Armenia to participate, thus creating an atmosphere of friendship and mutual respect. The speakers, panelists, and moderators work on a voluntary basis and without compensation. In addition, both the committee members and all the Board of Directors of the ARPA Institute are also volunteers and hence, there is no overhead at all.

The ARPA Institute 30th Anniversary Conference

June 11, 2022 - 9:30am

California State University Northridge
Northridge Center room within the USU building
Parking lot G3 on Zelzah Ave.
Free admission

9:30am—Continental Breakfast and Coffee will be provided


Hagop Panossian, Ph.D., President of ARPA Institute,
General Chair: Ara Apkarian, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor UCI

10:20—Keynote Speaker

Mary Papazian, Ph.D., San Jose State University President

Session I – Science, Education and Technology in Armenia

10:45—Science, Education and High-Technology Industry in Armenia

Chair: Artur Davoyan, Ph.D., UCLA


Ani Aprahamian, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, UND, Director, AANL
Armenia Marching Forward: Transforming AANL into Innovation & Technology HUB

Tigran Shahverdyan, Gituzh, Armenia
The Gituzh Initiative in Armenia

Yervant Zorian, Ph.D. VP of Synopsys Armenia
Advanced Technology Trends and the Armenian World

Al Eisaian, M.S.

12:30—Panel Discussion; Q & A

1:00 – Lunch Break (Lunch will be served)

Session II – Social and Political Development of Armenia

2:00—The Social and Political Development of Armenia: The Role of Diaspora

Chair: Sargis Sedrakyan, Ph.D., USC


Irina Ghaplanyan, Ph.D., AUA
Modernizing Governance and Social Contract in Armenia

Eric Hacopian, Political Consultant and Analyst, Yerevan, Armenia
Economy, Politics, and National Security in Armenia

Shant Shekherdimian, MD. UCLA Professor

Armine Lulejian, Ph.D. USC Sr Director of Educational Initiatives for the USC MESH Academy,
Associate Director of Informatics Education Core with USC Clinical Translational Sciences Inst. &
Asst Prof in Population and P. Health Sc, Keck Sch. of Medicine
Healthcare System in Armenia and the Need for Modernization

Carla Garapedian, Ph.D., Filmmaker, Director, Writer, and Broadcaster

3:45—Panel Discussion; Q & A

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    The ARPA Institute 30th Anniversary Gala Banquet

    June 11, 2022 - 6:30pm

    Sheraton Universal Hotel
    Starview Room
    333 Universal Hollywood Drive, Universal City, CA

    Tickets are $200

    Please join us for a formal banquet commemorating ARPA Institute’s 30th Anniversary. The Gala features an exciting program with the great Al Esaian, an entrepreneur par excellence, as the MC for the evening. Tickets are $200 and all proceeds will directly support our ongoing STEM projects in Armenia. ARPA Institute has spent the past 30 years furthering scientific, healthcare and industrial innovation and education in Armenia. You are invited to celebrate with us!

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    The ARPA Institute, Inc. is a non-profit charitable 501(C)(3) organization, established in California in 1992 and its aim is to research, analyze, and consult in matters affecting the economy, education, and technology of the United States of America and Armenia. It promotes international cooperation and understanding within the community through consultation, technical expertise, and professional assistance to the public and governing sectors of the USA and Armenia in matters related, but not limited, to resource and project development, management, strategic planning, technology transfer, education, and culture, directed towards the economic advancement and enhancement of the quality of life for the people. ARPA organizes monthly lectures/panel discussions with experts in various fields to present their knowledge/views on subjects of interest to the public, ranging from history to science & technology, healthcare to innovation. ARPA also organizes periodic conferences to further this cause. These events attract a broad and diverse audience who learn about new developments and who are seeking potential opportunities to engage and contribute.

    Reserve your table: $200 donation per person