A recent series of lectures drew more than 100 people—students, professionals and CEOs in energy and construction—to the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia (NUACA), to learn more about modern trends in infrastructure management.

The lectures were made possible through FAR’s partnership with Rutgers University and Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America (AESA), and enabled eight field-based professors and engineers to present on various topics. Engineering, economic, business and social elements were illustrated in lectures focused on marketing and business development, sales and risk management, entrepreneurship in engineering, and energy systems management, among other topics. c.

Rutgers University Professor and Director Dr. Ali Maher highlighted practices used in the U.S. and Japan in infrastructure management and improvement to show his Armenian colleagues how their engineers could use more advanced methods. “Armenia’s students have very strong science and math backgrounds; they are good analytically. On the other hand, I think the curriculum must be changed or updated. Emphasis should be not just on physics and mathematics, which are crucial, but also on communication and on critical thinking, and on the social aspects of what we need to do as engineers with all the challenges that we face,” Maher said.

NUACA professor and engineering consultant Dr. Vahan Tanal is concerned about how to best help young Armenians get involved in engineering and construction. For the past four years, he has been involved in the cooperation between FAR, Rutgers and the AESA. “Our goal is to see that young Armenians have the latest know-how in engineering,” he said.

More lectures will be held at NUACA in the coming years.