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Dr. Aroni is Professor Emeritus of Architecture/Urban Design. He was Acting Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Chairman of the Board of the Urban Innovations Group, the independent practice arm of the School. During 1981-1982 he served as Chairman of the UCLA Academic Senate. He is presently the Director of Special Academic Cooperative Projects, at UCLA's International Studies and Overseas Programs.

Prof. Aroni is an engineer, researcher, and building technologist of international reputation concerned with social, economic, and technical aspects of urban building technology. He has also organized a research unit within the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning, directed at studying the problems of the building industry. From 1955 to 1963, he taught at Melbourne University, Australia. Since 1963, he taught at U.C., Berkeley, and at San Francisco State College, where he was in charge of Structural Engineering. He also consulted in the field of structures and concrete materials.

From 1967 to 1970, Prof. Aroni served as concrete Group Leader at the Research and Development Technical Center of the American Cement Corporation, concerned with the development of new materials, new products, and Industrialized Housing Systems. He initiated, organized, and was chosen as project manager for the joint Operation Breakthrough proposal by American Cement Corporation and the Architectural firm of Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall. He was also in charge of the American Cement Corporation's project in the Art and Technology program of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, attempting to enlarge and construct one of Jean Dubuffet's monumental edifices.

Prof. Aroni, was a Consultant to the Advisory Committee to the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. From summer of 1972 to spring 1974, Dr. Aroni managed a large interdisciplinary team at the World Institute in Jerusalem, working on the Housing Project, a systems analysis of Israeli housing and its problems.

He has participated in numerous international conferences, and after being invited to the Second World Congress of Engineers and Architects, which took place in Israel in December 1970, was elected to be the Executive Committee of the International Technical Corporation Center and re-elected again in 1973.

He was a member of the Committee on the Socioeconomic Effects of Earthquake Predictions of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering (1976-1978). In 1983 he was elected a member of the Board of Governor of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. In November 1985 he was elected national Vice President of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), an organization representing over forty Schools of Architecture committed to research, and in the same year he was appointed to an advisory committee of the National Science Foundation (NSF), serving the Division of Mechanics, Structures and Materials Engineering (MSME), of the Engineering Directorate. Prof. Aroni chaired the UCLA Joint Senate-Administration Earthquake Safety Committee from 1983 to 1990. In 1989 he was invited to join the newly established USGS Working Group on Earthquake Related Casualties.

He proposed and organized the Joint U.S. - Romanian Seminar on Earthquakes and Energy, held in Bucharest, Romania, September 1985, supported by NSF, and co-edited the three volumes of Seminar Proceedings. He jointly organized and co-chaired the Second International Symposium on the Role of Universities in Developing Areas, sponsored by UCLA and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel, and held in December 1989. He co-founded INRUDA (the International Network on the Role of Universities in Developing Areas) and co-chaired its Third International Symposium at the University of the Azores (July 1993), the Fourth International Symposium at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia (July 1995), and the Fifth International Symposium at the Lulea University, Lulea, Sweden (June 1997). In July 1991, he organized and chaired the large UCLA International Conference on the Impact of Natural Disasters.

He has published widely in the fields of structures, concrete materials, statistical methods, building systems, and housing, and was awarded the J. James R. Croes Gold Medal for 1981 of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He serves on the editorial boards of the Architectural Science Review (Australia) and the International Journal for Development Technology.

He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute; American Concrete Institute; and the Society of Sigma XI.

Prof. Aroni holds a BCE from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he also studied Town and Regional Planning, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

August 1997