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Armond Hairapetian

Founder of NewPort Communications (acquired by Broadcom)
B.S. UCLA Electrical Engineering, 1987
M.S. UCLA Electrical Engineering, 1988
Ph.D. UCLA Electrical Engineering, 1993

Armond HairapetianWhen you walk through the Hairapetian Graduate Student Center, in the Electrical Engineering department, you see rows of workspaces that are new, quiet, and private.

The center is the kind of setting engineering students need for their periods of intense study and exchange of ideas. The old center, used extensively by Dr. Hairapetian, a three-time electrical engineering alumnus, (BS '87, MS '88, and PhD '93), was on its last legs.

"It's important to have an environment in which students can gather and talk to each other," noted Hairapetian. "Making a gift to pay for the renovation is a good investment in the future. UCLA is a place that produces talented engineers, and for the state to stay competitive, you need to attract great students to produce top-notch engineers."

Alongside this UCLA legacy stands his ground-breaking engineering inventions. Dr. Hairapetian developed the world's fi rst 10Gbit/sec transceivers in CMOS. These products are now the industry's benchmark and are used in the majority of 10G optical transmission systems.

Dr. Hairapetian has more than 15 years of technical and general management experience in the area of analog, RF and mixed-signal integrated circuits. He was the General Manager of the optical products division of Broadcom Corporation, the leading supplier of 10G transceiver ICs for optical communications.

Armond was the co-founder and CEO of NewPort Communications where he led the engineering effort in developing the world's fi rst OC-48 and OC-192 transceivers in CMOS, and the ultimate sale of the company to Broadcom in August 2000 for approximately $1.2 billion.

Currently, Dr. Hairapetian is Vice President and Entrepreneur in Residence of Miramar Venture Partners, serves as CEO and is on the Board of Starport Systems, a Miramar portfolio company.

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