Amirkabir University of Technology

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Amirkabir University of Technology
(Tehran Polytechnic)
  • دانشگاه صنعتی امیرکبیر

Dāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye Amirkabir
EndowmentUS$ 59.16 million (December 10, 2014)[1][2]
ChancellorAhmad Motamedi
Academic staff
Location, ,
35°42′16″N 51°24′32″E / 35.70444°N 51.40889°E / 35.70444; 51.40889

Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT) (Persian: دانشگاه صنعتی امیرکبیر Dāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye Amirkabir), formerly called the Tehran Polytechnic,[2] is a public research university located in Tehran, Iran.

AUT was the first established technical university in Iran, and is referred to as the "Mother of Engineering Universities".[3] Acceptance to the university is competitive and entrance to undergraduate and graduate programs requires scoring among the top 1% of students in the Nationwide University Entrance Exams, known as "Konkour".

The university was founded in 1928 as a standard academy, and developed to university of technology by Habib Nafisi in 1956, after that extended by Dr. Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi, during the Pahlavi dynasty. Named the Tehran Polytechnic, it began with five engineering departments. Six months before the victory of 1979 Iranian Revolution, Tehran Polytechnic was renamed after the Iranian prime minister Amir Kabir (1807–1852).

The university now has 15 science and engineering departments, and three other affiliated centers, located in Garmsar, Bandar Abbas and Mahshahr.[4] Around 9,100 students are enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate programs. AUT has 480 full-time academic faculty members and 550 administrative employees, giving it the highest staff-to-student ratio among the country's universities. The executive branch consists of four departments which receive participation from councils in planning and administering affairs.

AUT has signed 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 began its activities in 2004.

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


The establishment and formation of Amirkabir University of Technology dates back to October 1956 by Eng. Habib Nafisi (حبیب نفیسی). The core of the university was formed at that time under the name Tehran Polytechnic in order to expand the activities of two technical institutes: the 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 High School, was appointed president of AUT early in 1963. Among the accomplishments of Dr. Mojtahedi are construction of a central amphitheater, a dining area and a sports ground as well as various faculty buildings.

The university has grown to a school of science and engineering education with the capacity for about 10,000 students in 35 undergraduate majors, around 90 M.Sc. majors and 36 Ph.D. and post-doctoral programs.

Rankings and Reputation[edit]

University rankings
ARWU[7] 2
U.S. News & World Report[8] 4
ARWU[9] 401-500
QS[10] 498
Times[11] 501-600
U.S. News & World Report[12] 601

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.[13] 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 highest ranked universities in Iran.[14] Computer Science and Polymer Engineering have the highest field rankings in Amirkabir University of Technology.

In 2013, Shanghai ranking Amirkabir University Computer Science ranked 100-150 among World Universities. In 2014, the Shanghai ranking ranked Amirkabir University Engineering Sciences among 151-200 among World Universities .[15] The Polymer Engineering Department of Amirkabir University of Technology is the first and most prestigious Polymer Engineering program in Iran.[15] AUT also ranked first among Iranian universities in 2014 in the CWTS Leiden Ranking.[16] In 2014, the US News & World Report ranked Amirkabir University of Technology Engineering Sciences 89 among world universities. Also, Computer Science of AUT ranked 90 among World Universities.[17]




The main campus of Amirkabir University of Technology 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.


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.


The Garmsar campus of AUT has been constructed in the province of Semnan in order to establish close cooperation and distance with main campus in Tehran.


The library and document center at AUT, the largest technical and engineering library in Iran's capital, is one of the richest academic libraries in the technical and engineering field in the region. The library includes a central library and 16 satellite libraries in Tehran and Bandar Abbas. The library has 5 million books, mostly about computing.


AUT has 16 departments including 'management, science and technology', 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 three educational site in Garmsar, Bandar Abbas and Mahshahr.

University departments websites are:

Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Scientific associations[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.

University association websites are as

Former Presidents[edit]

  • Habib Nafisi
  • Prof. Abedi
  • Prof. Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi
  • Prof. Bita
  • Prof. Yeganeh Haeri
  • Prof. Mohammad-Jafar Jadd Babaei
  • Prof. Kayvan Najmabadi
  • Prof. Hossein Mahban
  • Prof. Siroos Shafiei
  • Prof. Miri
  • Prof. Mahdi
  • Prof. Hasan Farid Alam
  • Prof. Kamaleddin Yadavar Nikravesh
  • Prof. Aliakbar Ramezanianpour
  • Prof. Reza Hosseini|Reza Hosseini
  • Prof. Mohammad Hossein Salimi Namin
  • Prof. Abdolhamid Riazi
  • Prof. Ahmad Fahimifar
  • Prof. Alireza Rahai (–2014)
  • Prof. Ahmad Motamedi (2014–present)

Research and innovation[edit]

The university is known as a pioneer in research and innovation in Iran. AUT is a public university and its research funding is partly provided by the government of Iran. AUT has cooperation with industrial companies specially in oil and gas industries. As a result, many research projects in the university are funded by industrial companies.

Amirkabir University of Technology was appointed as a Center of Excellence by Iran's Ministry of Science and Technology in the fields of Biomechanics, Power Systems, Radiocommunication systems (RACE) and Thermo elasticity.

Supercomputer of AUT

The supercomputer of Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT) has a power of 34,000 billion operations per second. Ph.D. students and researchers of AUT use it for analysis of huge volume of data in their research studies.

Amirkabir Journal of Science and Technology is a scientific journal which publishes research achievements of academic and industrial researchers in all engineering and science areas.

Research and Technology Center of AUT is an office which collaborates with industries and universities in order to improve research level in the University.

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Science and technology[edit]

Statue of Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī in the campus


  • Bahaedin Adab, co-founder of Karafarin Insurance Co. and Karafarin Bank, former deputy chairman of the board of director of the Industry Confederation of Iran, former chairman of the board of directors of the Syndicate of Construction Companies of Tehran




Fars News Agency reports: "President of Iran's Amirkabir University of Technology Alireza Rahaei announced the country is preparing to put a new home-made satellite, called Nahid (Venus), into orbit in the next three months".[18]

Cientifica reports in news item on Nanowerk, April 25,2012: Iranian scientists are using lecithin to synthesize and bind silver nanoparticles more tightly to wool.[19]


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Coordinates: 35°42′15.85″N 51°24′32.40″E / 35.7044028°N 51.4090000°E / 35.7044028; 51.4090000