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.