Amirkabir University of Technology

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Amirkabir University of Technology
(Tehran Polytechnic)
دانشگاه صنعتی امیرکبیر
پلی تکنیک تهران

Dāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye Amirkabir
AKUT.svg
Established 1958
Type Public
Endowment US$ 65.12 million (February 22, 2011)[1][2]
Chancellor Ahmad Motamedi
Academic staff 480
Students 10600
Undergraduates 7000
Postgraduates 3600
Location Iran Tehran, Tehran, Iran
35°42′15.85″N 51°24′32.40″E / 35.7044028°N 51.4090000°E / 35.7044028; 51.4090000
Campus Urban
Affiliations FUIW
Website aut.ac.ir

Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT) (Persian: دانشگاه صنعتی امیرکبیر Dāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye Amirkabir), formerly called the Tehran Polytechnic,[3] is a public research university located in Tehran, Iran. AUT is the most prestigious university in iran and the first established technical university in Iran, referred to as "Mother of Industrial Universities".[3]

The university was first founded by Habib Nafisi in 1958 and then developed by Dr. Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi, during the reign of the Pahlavi dynasty. Originally named the Tehran Polytechnic, it began its activities with five engineering departments. Six months before the victory of 1979 Iranian Revolution, Tehran Polytechnic was renamed after the famed Iranian prime minister Amir Kabir (1807–1852). With its expansion, the university now boasts fifteen science and engineering departments, and two other affiliated centers, located in Bandar Abbas and Mahshahr.[4] There are currently around 9,100 students enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate programs. AUT has 480 full-time academic faculty members and 550 administrative employees. This gives AUT the highest staff-to-student ratio among the country's universities. The executive branch consists of four departments which receive active participation from various councils in planning and administering affairs.

AUT has signed mutual agreements with international universities for research and educational collaboration. There is a joint program between AUT and the University of Birmingham.[5]

AUT is one of the leading universities in E-Learning systems in Iran which has begun its activities in 2004.

Amirkabir University is the pioneer of sustainable development in Iran[6] and established the AUT's Office of Sustainability on July 2011. The activities of the Office of Sustainability contribute to AUT's campus by reducing energy consumption, costs, and emissions, and also student coursework, volunteer opportunities for students, as well as research and education academic activities on sustainable development.

History[edit]

The initial establishment and formation of Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT) dates back to October 1956 by Eng. Habib Nafisi (حبیب نفیسی). The initial core of the university was, then, formed under the name Tehran Polytechnic in order to expand the activities of two technical institutes of those times: Civil Engineering Institute and the Higher Art Center. After Eng. Habib Nafisi, the founder of Tehran polytechnic, Dr. Abedi became the president of the university for a few months until Dr. Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi, the principal at the renowned Alborz Highschool, was appointed president of AUT early in 1963. Dr. Mojtahedi was of great service to AUT and it can be claimed that the university owes to him more than half of its fame and honor. It is worth noting that the sacrifices of Mr. Nafisi through the painstaking process of establishing the university and the altruism of Dr. Mojtahedi in elevating the scientific level of AUT are all of great importance. In addition to elevating the scientific prestige of AUT, among the accomplishments of Dr. Mojtahedi are construction of a central amphitheater, a dining area and a sports ground as well as completing different faculties.

Presently the university has grown to an elite school of science and engineering education with the capacity of about 10,000 students in 35 undergraduate majors, around 90 M.Sc. majors and 36 Ph.D. and post-doc programs. Acceptance in all levels of education in AUT is very competitive and only top students may achieve this honor.

Reputation[edit]

Amirkabir University of Technology has consistently been ranked as one of Iran's top universities. The 2011 QS World University Rankings ranked the university 301-350 in Engineering and Technology in the world.[7] Iran's Ministry of Science, Research and Technology ranked AUT among the Top 3 high ranked universities in the country. In Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (2012), the university also ranks among the Top 3 high ranked universities in Iran.[8] computer science and polymer engineering have best field ranking in Amirkabir University of Technology. In 2013 Shanghai ranking Computer Science of Amirkabir University is 100-150 of World Universities. Polymer Engineering department of Amirkabir University of Technology is the first and most prestigious polymer engineering program in iran.[9] AUT also ranked first among Iranian universities in 2014 CWTS Leiden Ranking.[10]

Campuses[edit]

Tehran[edit]

Campus of AUT

The main campus of Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT) is in Tehran, Iran. It is located close to Vali Asr Crossroads, the intersection of Enghelab Street and Vali Asr Street, in the very center of Tehran City. Many students commute to AUT via the subway by Vali Asr Station.

Mahshahr[edit]

The Mahshar campus of AUT has been constructed in the province of Khouzestan in 2001 in order to establish close cooperation with the national company of petroleum industries.

Bandar Abbas[edit]

The Bandar Abbas campus of AUT has been established in the province of Hormozgan, which is the center of marine industries in Iran.

Garmsaar[edit]

The Garmsaar campus of AUT has been inaugurated in 2011.

Departments[edit]

AUT has 15 departments including electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, polymer engineering, mathematics and computer science, chemical engineering, industrial engineering, civil and environmental engineering, physics and energy engineering, computer and information technology, mechanical engineering, mining and metallurgical engineering, textile engineering, petroleum engineering, ship engineering, and aerospace engineering. AUT has a well-equipped educational site in Bandar Abbas as well as an academic unit in Mahshahr. University departments websites are as,

Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Scientific Association[edit]

Scientific associations exist to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community. Course work develops only one range of skills. Other skills needed to flourish professionally include effective communication and personal interactions, leadership experience, establishing a personal network of contacts, presenting scholarly work in professional meetings and journals, and outreach services to the campus and local communities. Locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, scientific association offers the opportunity for these important enrichments to the student’s experience. University association websites are as

Former Presidents[edit]