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MS Class of 2018


My extensive academic background includes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Technical Sciences (majoring in Engineering). Now, as a Fulbright program grantee, I am studying at the New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress to acquire a Master’s degree in Applied Urban Sciences and Informatics.

My professional background includes founding a startup company and raising $100,000 seed investment, working as a Product Manager in PicsArt – a leading photo editing app with more than four hundred million users, and working as an assistant professor at the Architectural university of Yerevan teaching courses to both Bachelor and Master level students on energy efficiency, architecture, construction and urban planning, as well as supervising their diploma projects.

I am deeply interested in Big data, open data, Smart cities, as well as AI, deep learning, machine learning and neural networks.

Most Recent Professional Experience

  • leading and managing PicsArt Editor team of junior, base and senior level programmers, technical leads, UX/UI designers, QA engineers, making product decisions based on the company’s vision and mission
  • owning and managing PicsArt’s Editor effects, masks, history
  • owning and managing PicsArt’s “Magic effects” based on a neural network and machine learning
  • researching the market and implementing best-practice ideas on increasing product penetration, tracking the analytical data
  • mentoring team members and ensuring their personal and professional growth
  • lecturing groups of foreign (India, Iran, France) architect, civil engineer and structural engineer bachelor and master degree students on English
  • teaching courses on architectural design, residential, commercial and industrial architectural construction, building physics (acoustics, thermal engineering, climatology, natural and artificial illumination), modern architecture
  • supervising bachelor and master degree architect and civil engineer students’ course projects and final diploma projects
  • researched and developed strategic plan and vision of green and SMART university

Undergraduate Education

  • National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia, Yerevan, Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering

Other Degrees & Certifications

  • National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia, Master’s degree in Civil Engineering,
  • National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia, Ph.D. in Technical Sciences
  • Yerevan School of Political Studies, 9-th generation group, Yerevan, Armenia, Diploma,
  • U.S. Department of State International Visitors Leadership Program, Washington, D.C., U.S., Diploma,
  • Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Diploma,
  • New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, New York City, U.S., Master’s degree in Applied Urban Science and Informatics (graduating in August 2018)

Current Interests

  • Internships
  • Part-time employment
  • Research
  • Networking