Prof. Ann Karagozian is the Inaugural Director of The Promise Armenian Institute at UCLA, where she is also a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The Promise Armenian Institute is a hub for world-class research and teaching on Armenian Studies, and for coordinating research and public impact programs across UCLA and with the Republic of Armenia and the diaspora. Professor Karagozian is also a UC representative on the Board of Trustees of the American University of Armenia, which operates under the auspices of the University of California. Her scholarly research and teaching lie in fluid mechanics and combustion as applied to energy and propulsion systems. She is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and also currently serves on the US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.