Amirkabir University of Technology

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Amirkabir University of Technology
(Tehran Polytechnic)
دانشگاه صنعتی امیرکبیر
پلی تکنیک تهران

Dāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye Amirkabir
Established 1958
Type Public
Endowment US$ 59.16 million (December 10, 2014)[1][2]
Chancellor Ahmad Motamedi
Academic staff
Students 13593
Undergraduates 5514
Postgraduates 8079
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

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 one of the most prestigious universities, and the first established technical university in Iran, referred to as "Mother of Engineering Universities".[3] Acceptance to the university is highly competitive and entrance to all undergraduate and graduate programs requires scoring among top 1% of students in the Nationwide University Entrance Exams, known as "کنکور سراسری".

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.


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.


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 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 .[9] The 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 in the CWTS Leiden Ranking.[10] 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.[11]



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.


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 Garmsaar campus of AUT has been inaugurated in 2011.


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 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]

  • 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
  • Alireza Rahai (–2014)
  • Ahmad Motamedi (2014–present)

Research and Innovation[edit]

Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT) 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 close 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

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 original research achievements of academic and industrial researchers in all engineering and science areas.

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

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Amirkabir University of Technology alumni often become influential persons in their professional career.Some of them are listed in different sections as,

Science and technology[edit]

Statue of Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī in the campus of Amir Kabir University of Technology


  • Ahmad Reza Tabrizi, co-founder of the Iran Canada Business Council, president and CEO of Taim Consulting Inc. and Taim Canada Inc.
  • Frydon Torabi, vice chair of the Canadian Society of Iranian Engineers and Architects
  • 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
  • Hossein Hosseinkhani, Founder of Matrix, Inc.

Art and culture[edit]

  • Pejman Bazeghi, actor
  • Alireza Bazrafshan, screenwriter
  • Iraj Karimi, film director
  • Kamal Tabrizi, film director
  • Davood Mirbagheri, film director



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. This library includes a central library and 16 satellite libraries in Tehran and Bandar Abbas.this library includes more than 5 million books which are mostly about computer .


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".

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.


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  5. ^ Amirkabir University of Technology International Branch (Collaboration Programs with the University of Birmingham)
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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