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Rep. Judy Chu and Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America Explore Means to Support Armenian STEM Community

PASADENA, CA – Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA) met with Congresswoman Judy Chu at her office in Pasadena, California, on December 18, 2023 to strengthen ties and explore collaborative opportunities aimed at bolstering support for the Armenian STEM community. In attendance were AESA President Ace Tarakchian, AESA Vice President Linda Megerdichian, AESA Public Affairs Committee Chair Jay Tourgoutian, and AESA Board Member Nareh Saghatelian.

The meeting was organized through the assistance of Los Angeles County Commissioner David George Gevorkyan and AESA Member Syuzanna Abrahamyan, also in attendance alongside Chairperson of Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Pasadena Chapter Danny L. Donabedian, who voiced his appreciation for Rep. Judy Chu’s continuous support for the Armenian community.

“AESA’s work in the San Gabriel Valley to support Armenian professionals and elevate opportunities for young Armenians in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is invaluable to our region—ensuring our families and local economy are strong now and into the future. I am proud to work in Congress to increase opportunities for STEM careers and will always appreciate our partnership, and I look forward to seeing all the accomplishments of the professionals AESA supports for years to come,” remarked Rep. Judy Chu.

“We were very pleased to meet with Rep. Judy Chu, who has demonstrated her consistent support for the Armenian-American community as well as for STEM education and funding,” said Ace Tarakchian. “We look forward to working closely with Rep. Judy Chu’s office to advance issues of importance to Armenian Americans in science and technology, and to become a resource of subject matter expertise for the community,” Tarakchian concluded.

Rep. Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2009 and represents the 28th Congressional District which includes Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta-Montrose, Pasadena, San Gabriel and Monrovia. Her jurisdiction includes institutions such as JPL, which is run by Caltech for NASA. Rep. Judy Chu has a distinguished background in STEM and has continuously advocated for increased funding for scientific education, research and space exploration. Her commitment aligns with AESA’s mission, setting the stage for a promising collaboration to drive progress in STEM fields.

The Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America was founded in 1983 and is a non-partisan, non-sectarian, and non-profit organization with a mission to enable and empower the Armenian STEM community worldwide to reach its fullest potential and facilitate global progress through STEM education, collaboration and humanitarian initiatives.

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