AUA VP Kenell Touryan Selected to Receive NREL Tech Transfer Award


May 6, 2004

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Golden, CO – Dr. Kenell Touryan, who was recently appointed as Vice
President for Research and Development at the American University of Armenia
and Director of the AUA Engineering Research Center, has been selected from
among a very large and strong slate of qualified nominees to receive the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Technology Transfer Award on
June 10, 2004. This laboratory-wide award was initiated last year, and
recognizes exceptional initiative and performance in a technology transfer
role. Dr. Touryan will receive the Technology Transfer Outstanding
Achievement Award, which is the most prestigious of several awards in this

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the U.S. Department of
Energy’s premier laboratory for renewable energy research, development and
deployment, and a leading laboratory for energy efficiency. As such, NREL is
a world leader in the development of these technologies, benefiting both the
environment and the economy.

Dr. Touryan holds a Doctorate Degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences
from Princeton University and has worked extensively with countries of the
Former Soviet Union in his capacity as Chief Technology Analyst of the NREL
in Colorado. He currently manages 15 renewable energy projects with
Armenia, Russia, and Ukraine, and has a record of outstanding achievements
collaborating with private industry and laboratory staff.

`We warmly congratulate Ken for this prestigious and well deserved award. He
brings unparalleled technical and administrative experience to AUA’s
research programs, particularly in the area of renewable energy. I have no
doubt that under his leadership (after he retires from NREL), AUA research
centers will become even more productive,’ said Prof. Armen Der Kiureghian,
Dean of AUA’s Engineering College.

The American University of Armenia is registered as a non-profit educational
organization in both Armenia and the United States and is affiliated with
the Regents of the University of California. Receiving major support from
the AGBU, AUA offers instruction leading to the Masters Degree in eight
graduate programs. For more information about AUA, visit
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