History

ARPA Institute (Analysis Research & Planning for Armenia) is a non-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) and was founded in 1992 in Los Angeles, California. ARPA promotes international cooperation and understanding for the Republic of Armenia through the provision of consulting, analysis, research and planning services in various fields. ARPA experts have served as consultants to public organizations and the government of Armenia in matters pertaining to education, economy, energy, transportation system, industry, Armenia-Diaspora relations, etc. ARPA is managed by a Board of Directors, while membership is drawn from professionals with expertise in different fields, including specialists in economics, political science, health, education, law, industry and technology, among others.

During the early years our members worked with several Ministries of Armenia to help them address numerous issues related to areas ranging from transportation and traffic control to energy, the economy and the new constitution. ARPA helped organize the first energy conference held in Yerevan, Armenia in 1992 where the major decision to re-start the Medzamor Nuclear Power Plant was taken. Our engineers, led by Harold DeMirdjian, worked with the Ministry of Energy to help resolve energy related issues. Our economists, such as the late Dr. Vartkes Broussalian consulted with the Ministry of Finance and worked towards the establishment of the Central Bank and some members critiqued the Constitution in its early development.

ARPA established the “Sarko Tilkian” Blood Bank in the Eerebuni Hospital, Yerevan in 1998, and helped establish the Gyumri blood bank through Global Healing International in 2007. The ARPA Health Education & Lifestyle Program (HELP) has taught more than 30,000 students in Armenia and Artsakh about the health risks of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, and the health benefits of a good diet and exercise, among others. One of the missions of the ARPA Institute is to build capacity for innovation by nurturing remarkable young scientists in Armenia to develop and explore their genius in science, technology, medicine, agriculture, communications, software, physics, chemistry, biology, genetics, or any other field. Our nation and the world urgently need the talents of applied scientists and engineers to drive innovation, enhance competitiveness and help solve critical problems Armenia faces. The ARPA Institute attempts to discover young inventors in Armenia to help foster the creation of new products and to promote their innovative endeavors from an early stage. ARPA encourages these outstanding young people to innovate in collaboration with leading professors in various fields, through its annual “Invention Competition” for young scientists. To date over 100 inventions have been received in various fields. We have also organized a conference on “Waste Management” in 2009 in the State Engineering University of Armenia, in order to address the major industrial and domestic waste issues facing Armenia.

ARPA promotes technology transfer through technical seminars using a network of communications between Los Angeles and Armenia. Our “Distance Learning” program has thus far implemented multi-week seminars on power electronics, advanced motors, modern turbines, robots and energy systems presented, among others by experts. Our new initiatives deal with establishment of a Nano-Technology Research and Development Center (NTRDC) to serve as an interdisciplinary facility to be established in Yerevan, Armenia, with the objective to encourage research and entrepreneurship in nanotechnology.

The idea is to create an environment whereby researchers in nanotechnology can commercialize their technology by proposing business plans for the successful creation of nanotech start-ups. The ultimate aim is to provide the means to transform Armenia’s relatively advanced science and technology to a position of leadership in nanotechnology.

Our second new initiative is funding small businesses in the border villages in Armenia to help folks there be able to create new jobs through their profitable business. We work with SHAMAN, which is a team of experts in business planning that guides, advises and helps the new business owners to become profitable.

In addition, the ARPA Institute conducts monthly lectures on various subjects pertaining to Armenia and the Armenians in Diaspora. We have organized over one hundred lectures and panel discussions, presented by well known experts in various fields, such as historians, economists, political scientists, educators and business people. We do our best to provide Analysis, Research and Planning for Armenia and Armenians of the world.