Born on 19 November 1933 in Semarang, Indonesia.
He earned an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Indonesia (1959), an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, USA (1960), conducted post-graduate studies as a Research Associate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, USA (1961-1962), and participated in a training course on rocket propulsion in Japan (1965).
He served as Vice-Chairman of the Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) (1978-1989), President of the Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) (1988-1997), and Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia (1998).
Prof. Arismunandar has been a member of the following professional bodies: the National [Indonesian] Energy Committee, the National Telecommunications Council, the Society of Indonesian Engineers, the World Energy Conference, the Indonesian National Committee, the Society of Automotive Engineers of Australasia, the Japan Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Indonesian Space Society, the Society of Automotive Engineers of Indonesia (Founding Member), the Indonesian Aeronautics and Astronautics Institute, the Indonesian National Research Council, the People’s Consultative Council of the Republic of Indonesia (1992-1997), the Consultative Board of the Indonesian Islamic Council, and Senior Scientist for the Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology, and Technology Adviser of the Indonesian Aircraft Industry since 1979. He was also on the Advisory Board of the Journal of the Indonesian Aeronautics and Astronautics Institute, and was Chief Editor of TEKNOLOGI magazine. Further, he has been an adviser to a number of industrial and engineering companies and a consultant to the Indonesian National Atomic Energy Agency.
He has presented over 100 papers at national and international meetings, conferences and symposium throughout the world and published 13 books.
He has been awarded the Satyalancana Dwidya Sistha medal of merit by the Indonesian Minister of Defense four times (1968, 1983, 1989 and 1992). He has also been awarded the following Indonesian national medals: Satyalancana Karya Satya 1st Class (1990), Satyalancana Karya Satya for 30 years of service, and Bintang Jasa Utama (1998).
Prof. Arismunandar was one of the Founding Fellows of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences in 1986.