PASADENA — The Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA) will be hosting an interesting lecture on the Armenian Virtual College (AVC) – an online learning institution for Armenian studies, as part of their lecture series on topics related to science and engineering. Dr. Yervant Zorian, founder and president of the college, will present the objectives and achievements of the AVC. The lecture will be held on Monday, June 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Parsons Corporation, 100 West Walnut Street in Pasadena, California 91124.

The Armenian Virtual College (AVC) is AGBU’s newest educational project. It is an online learning institution for Armenian studies initiated in 2004 by Dr. Yervant Zorian, who had long noted the need for an educational program that better addresses the current demands of the Armenian nation in the Diaspora and Homeland. The technology at the heart of the project has been developed largely in Armenia with the collaboration of scientists and engineers at Yerevan State University Information Technology Center for Education and Research.

Through the use of both synchronous and asynchronous online communications, AVC allows students to learn new material at their own pace, but also to confer face-to-face with their virtual teachers and classmates. With the latest advances in the world of virtual education, AVC’s mission is, in addition, to create a virtual learning community that can foster both the cultural education and social communication otherwise out of the reach of most Armenian students across the globe.

Dr. Yervant Zorian who is a Fellow and Chief Architect of Synopsys Corp, Mountain View, CA. Previously he was the Vice President and Chief Scientist of Virage Logic Inc, and a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He has authored more than 300 scientific papers, four books, holds over 30 US patents, and received numerous best scientific paper awards. A Fellow of the IEEE, he was selected by Electronic Engineering Times among the top 13 influencers on the semiconductor industry in the past fifty years. Dr. Zorian was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Industrial Pioneer Award, and the 2006 recipient of the IEEE Hans Karlsson Award. He is named the General Chair of the 50th Design Automation Conference, to be held in June 2013, in Austin, TX. Also, he is a member of the AGBU Board of Directors, serves as the chair of AGBU Silicon Valley Chapter, and a trustee of the American University of Armenia. He is a foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.

“We would encourage Armenian community to attend this interesting lecture on an interesting topic” said AESA Vice-President Vasken Yardemian. “Space is limited, so please RSVP by e-mailing to areg.gharabegian@parsons.com”

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