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Clifford C. Furnas Award

Hratch Kouyoumdjian, MS ’70
Kouyoumdjian attended Jesuit schools in his native Baghdad, including Al Hikma University, where he earned a bachelor’s in civil engineering in 1967. 

In the 1970s, Kouyoumdjian worked for several companies before moving to San Francisco to join Cygna Consulting Engineers, later become its president and COO. He began his own structural engineering practice in 1987, Hratch Kouyoumdjian and Associates (HKA), later adding architectural services. In 1995, he cofounded KPA Consulting Engineers. The two companies merged in 2005 into the KPA Group, which completed commercial and institutional projects, including academic facilities, airports and bridges, as well as innovative seismic retrofit designs for historic structures. A member of the UB engineering dean’s advisory council, he retired in 2015 to consult and teach.

Clifford C. Furnas Memorial Award

The late Mrs. Furnas established this annual award to be presented to a distinguished graduate of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences or the College of Arts and Sciences in a natural sciences or mathematics discipline.