Isfahan University of Technology

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Isfahan University of Technology (IUT)
دانشگاه صنعتی اصفهان
Dāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye Esfahān
Isfahan University of Technology (seal).svg
© Isfahan University of Technology
Established 1977
Type Public
Endowment US$ 20 million[1]
President Dr. Mahmoud Modarres-Hashemi
Academic staff
Students 10000
Undergraduates 7500
Postgraduates 2500
Location Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran
Campus Urban
Athletics One main stadium,soccer field,indoor swimming pool,3 outdoor tennis fields, outdoor horse riding field, 5 indoor special purpose gyms
IUT's Main administration building

Isfahan University of Technology (IUT) (Persian: دانشگاه صنعتی اصفهان Dāneshgāh-e San'ati-ye Esfahān) is one of the most prestigious engineering universities in Iran. It is located 15 Kilometers north west of Isfahan and is one of the major universities and research poles in Iran in the fields of science, engineering and agriculture. It has its own dorms, shopping center, sports & recreation centers and medical centers on the campus. This university enjoys the advantages of being situated in the vicinity of the historical, industrial, and commercial city of Isfahan; a city with a long-standing tradition in science, art and culture as well as a leading center of technological activities in present-day Iran. The materials engineering department is the most famous department at this university and one of the best in all over of Iran. [2]

Isfahan university of technology is not to be confused with University of Isfahan which is located in southern Isfahan.


The university was founded in 1974 and admitted its first students in 1977. It was founded as Aryamehr University of Technology Isfahan branch and was renamed after the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Plans were to make the institution the largest university in the middle east that weren't completed because of political changes in the country. Isfahan University of Technology is a state university under the supervision of The Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology. The original idea of a university of technology in the industrial zone of the country was conceived some thirty five years ago. However, IUT began its academic activities in 1977 with around 800 students in five departments; the enrollment has now grown to 10000 in twelve independent departments. The graduates from IUT have found great and varied opportunities and have played their key roles in a rapidly changing economic and industrial environment.[3]

The university was designed and planned directly based on models of MIT and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.[4]


Today the university offers degrees in B.S., M.Sc., and PhD levels in several branches of Science and Engineering.

The university has maintained its lifelong reputation for the quality of education and many of its graduates are working in academic as well as industrial environments around the world.

It is basically believed that the university presents one of the best engineering programs nationwide, especially in the fields of Mechanical, Electrical, Civil and Materials Engineering. Many of the country's brightest talents choose IUT among their first choices in National University Entrance Exams.

The university runs two famous research centers: Information & Communication Technology Institute and Subsea Research & Development center where the first national radar project and design, implementation of first Iranian submarine were carried out.

Isfahan University of Technology is well known as a tough university with low GPA.

World Rankings[edit]

Academic Ranking of World Universities[5]
2015: Not Mentioned
2014: Not Mentioned
2013: Not Mentioned
2012: Not Mentioned
2011: Not Mentioned

Times Higher Education[6]
2014-2015: National Rank : 2, International Rank : 351-400
2013-2014: Not Mentioned
2012-2013: Not Mentioned
2011-2012: Not Mentioned

2015: National Rank : 3, International Rank : 472

Research & Facilities[edit]

Isfahan University of Technology was appointed as a Center of Excellence by Iran's Ministry of Science and Technology in the fields of "Nano Technology in Environment", "Steel Technology", "Algebra Science", "Sensor and Green Chemistry", "Soil & Water Pollution" and "Oil-seed Crops". This appointment is based on national standing based on research achievements and invested funding in the mentioned topics.

A powerful and complex supercomputer was unveiled at this university in 2011. The supercomputer was made by Isfahan University of Technology scientists and is among the 500 fastest ones in the world. This supercomputer has calculation ability of 34000 billion operations per second and its Graphics Processing Units (GPU) are able to do more than 32 billion operations per 100 seconds.

Notable People[edit]

Here is a list of notable people affiliated with the Isfahan University of Technology, commonly including alumni, chancellors, current and former faculty members, students, and others.

Mohammad-Reza Aref is an Iranian academic, electrical engineer and politician. He was the vice president of Iran under President Mohammad Khatami. He received the Bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from University of Tehran and the Master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and communication engineering from Stanford University in 1975, 1976 and 1980, respectively. Until 1994, Mohammad-Reza Aref was a faculty member of Isfahan University of Technology.

Mohammad-Ali Najafi is an Iranian politician and university professor in mathematics. He has been a minister and later a vice president for planning and budget; he was a member of Tehran City Council from 2007 to 2013 and currently nominated as the Ministry of Education. After the Iranian revolution of 1979, Najafi returned to Iran, immediately beginning his political career. He started as a consultant to Mostafa Chamran and was later the president of Isfahan University of Technology (1980–1981).

Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei is an influential Iranian politician. He was a top adviser to the former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his chief of staff. He was appointed on 31 December 2007 to run the newly founded National Center for Research on Globalization. He is a former head of the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran. Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei was for a short time Vice President of Iran. He studied electrical engineering and holds a bachelor's degree from Isfahan University of Technology.

Hamid Baqai is an Iranian politician who has been the head of presidential center from 9 April 2011 to 4 August 2013. He has been described as a pragmatic, moderate conservative with "liberal views on cultural and social issues." He was a senior advisor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He holds a bachelor's degree from Isfahan University of Technology in Information Technology.

Mohammad Tabibian is an Iranian economist who served under the administration of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as deputy director of the Planning and Budget Organization. Dr Tabibian was head of groups made First Five Year Plan (1989–1993) and Second Five Year Plan of Iran (1994–1998). He has been called Iran's foremost free-market economist and one of the country's most important reformers.[8] He has taught at the Isfahan University of Technology.

Ahmad Shirzad was a reformist member of the 6th Iran Parliament (Consultative Assembly of Iran) and a leading official in Islamic Iran Participation Front, the main reformist party in Iran. He teaches physics in Isfahan University of Technology.

Mortaza Saghaeian Nejad is the former mayor of Isfahan and a faculty member of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Isfahan University of Technology.

Amir Faghri is an American professor and leader in the engineering profession as an educator, scientist, and administrator. He is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Faghri served as head of the Mechanical Engineering Department 1994–1998 and dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Connecticut from 1998 to 2006. He is arguably the world’s leading expert in the area of heat pipes and a significant contributor to thermal-fluids engineering in thermal energy systems. He was one of the founding faculty members and administrators who established Isfahan University of Technology in 1977.


Map of University

Affiliated Research Centers:

  • Information & Communication Technology Institute [1]
  • Under Water Research Center
  • Network Security Center
  • Steel Research Center
  • Center for Advanced Computing Services
  • Research Center for soil-less cultivation
  • Center for Research in Applied Statistics and Stochastic Systems

Former Presidents[edit]

Dr. Mohammad Amin 1974-1979
Dr. Mohammad Reza Saiedi 1979
Dr. Seied Hossein Taheri 1979–1980
Mr. Mohammad-Ali Najafi 1980–1981 United States MIT Mathematics
Prof. Mohammad Mehdi Saadatpour 1981–1983 United States University of California, Berkeley Civil Engineering
Prof. Ahmad Abrishamchi 1983–1986 United States University of California, Davis Water Resources Engineering
Prof. Mohammad Shahedi 1986–1989 United States Purdue University Agriculture
Prof. Seied Morteza Saghaian Nezhad 1989–1997 United States University of Kentucky Electrical Engineering
Prof. Ali Ahoonmanesh 1997–2003 United States University of California, Davis Plant Pathology
Prof. Mohammad Hasan Abbasi 2003–2005 United States University of California, Berkeley Materials Processing
Prof. Gholam Reza Ghorbani 2005–2009 United States University of Kentucky Agriculture
Mohammad Esmail Hamedani Golshan 2009–2013 Iran Isfahan University of Technology Electrical Engineering
Dr. Mahmoud Modarres-Hashemi [2] 2013–Incumbent Iran Sharif University of Technology Electrical Engineering

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Coordinates: 32°43′05″N 51°31′55″E / 32.718°N 51.532°E / 32.718; 51.532