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American University Department Named after Iranian Alumnus

Monday, December 10, 2007

University of Southern California (USC) has named its Viterbi School Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering after an Iranian alumnus.

Sonny Astani, an alumnus of master’s degree course from School of Industrial Engineering of USC was graduated in 1978 and has contributed 17 million dollars to the University of Southern California.

Astani has founded a construction company, which implements big development projects in Los Angeles.

Today, Astani Enterprises, Inc., is one of the largest niche real estate development companies in Los Angeles.  The company’s investments are valued at over $1 billion; the firm owns or operates approximately 4,000 apartment units and lofts in the city and is currently building 2,000 condos and lofts in downtown L.A.  These include five iconic residential towers and two loft buildings: the Concerto, a mixed-use, twin tower complex standing 32 stories tall, with 27,000 square feet of shops, restaurants and spa.

Astani received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the USC Viterbi School for his many civic and philanthropic endeavors.  Among them, he recently became involved in a homeless project to help those in need and improve neighborhoods. In addition to that work, he also serves on the Executive Committee of the Central City Association, on the Board of Councilors of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and on the Leadership Council for USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate Development. He is also a board member of the Pacific Council for International Affairs.

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