K. N. Toosi University of Technology
|Motto||با سابقه ترین دانشگاه صنعتی ایران|
Motto in English
|The Oldest Technical University of Iran|
|Affiliation||Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (Iran)|
Tehran, Tehran, Iran|
|Nickname||Khajeh Nasir, KNTU|
Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology (KNTU) (Persian: دانشگاه صنعتی خواجه نصيرالدين طوسی), also known as K. N. Toosi University of Technology, is a public university in Tehran, Iran, named after medieval Persian scholar Khajeh Nasir Toosi. The university is considered one of the most prestigious, government-sponsored institutions of higher education in Iran. Acceptance to the university is highly competitive and entrance to all undergraduate and graduate programs requires scoring among the top 1% of students in the Nationwide University Entrance Exams, known as "کنکور سراسری".
- 1 History
- 2 Famous Alumni
- 3 Faculties
- 4 Programs
- 5 Faculty of Electrical & Computer Engineering
- 6 Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
- 7 Faculty of Civil Engineering
- 8 The E-Learning Center
- 9 Faculty of Geodesy and Geomatics
- 10 Faculty of Industrial Engineering
- 11 Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- 12 Faculty of Science
- 13 Faculty of Materials science and engineering:
- 14 Joint international programs
- 15 Research
- 16 Rankings
- 17 Department of applied chemistry:
- 18 References
- 19 External links
The university was founded in 1928, during the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi, in Tehran and was named the "Institute of Communications" (Persian: دانشکده مخابرات). It is therefore considered to be the oldest surviving academic institution across the country. (Iran had universities 800 to 2000 years ago from which only the name, ruins and scientific history have survived.)
This institute was later expanded with an Electronic and Electrical Power Engineering department. The 50th anniversary of the establishment of this academic institute was celebrated in 1978, and a commemorative stamp was published by the Post of Iran, before the Islamic Revolution of 1979 (see photo).
The department of Civil Engineering was founded in 1955 as an Institute of Surveying. This institute was later joined by the Institutes of Hydraulic Engineering and Structural Engineering. The department of Mechanical Engineering was founded in 1973. These institutes of higher education were formally integrated in 1980 and named "Technical and Engineering University Complex". As a general practice of paying tribute to the scientific and scholastic figures of the nation, the university was renamed in 1984 "Khajeh Nassir-Al-Deen Toosi (K. N. Toosi) University of Technology". It is affiliated with the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of Iran.
As of 2012, the university is planning high-tech projects, including the production of a new satellite called 'Saar' (Starling) as well as radar-evading coatings for aircraft. The university's scientific board are also involved in many industrial projects, including the building of satellite carriers and an indigenous eight-seat helicopter.
- Darioush Rezaeinejad a defense and nuclear researcher who was assassinated in-front of his house in east Tehran by Israel on July 2011.
- Mohammad Ardakani who served as the minister of cooperatives and governor of the Qom province.
- Mohammad Aliabadi former Vice President and Head of Physical Education Organization of Iran, was also President of the National Olympic Committee of Islamic Republic of Iran from 2008 to 2014.
- Ali Motahari Representative of Shabestar in the 8th elections of Islamic Consultative Assembly.
- Ali-Akbar Mousavi Khoeini he was elected as a Member of Parliament in the 6th Parliament of Iran.
- Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar an Iranian politician and former army general. He was interior minister of Iran from 2009 to 2013 and minister of defense in the first cabinet of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from 2005 to 2009. He is also a veteran of the IRGC.
- Farzad Hasani popular actor in Iran.
The faculties of this university were founded as follows :
- Faculty of Electrical Engineering (1928)
- Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (1973)
- Faculty of Civil Engineering (1955)
- Faculty of Industrial Engineering (1998)
- Faculty of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering (1955)
- Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (2006)
- Faculty of Computer Engineering
- Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering
- Faculty of Chemistry
- Faculty of Physics
- Faculty of Mathematics
- The E-Learning Center (2004)
Due to the varied origins of K. N. Toosi University of Technology, the faculties are not concentrated in one campus. As a result, the university has five campuses and a central building. However, the plan for centralizing the university is underway.
Each faculty has its own computer center, library and education services office. All libraries are attached to the Simorgh library network. Housing facilities are available for men, women and couples. There are sports facilities on all campuses. The university is programming the development of a branch in Venezuela and research centers in Tehran.
The Central Building on Mirdamad Ave., Tehran, is the managing body of the university and the presidency, all vice presidencies, the central academic services and registrar's office are in this building. Management of education services happens through the Golestan education management system, while research is managed via the Sepid research management system.
The university offers Bachelor's (B.S.) degrees in more than 20 and Master's (M.S.) degrees in 50 academic fields. It also has 28 PhD programs. It hosts more than five joint educational programs at B.S. and M.S. levels. The courses have industrial orientation on a broad base. The university has 250 full-time faculty members. The total number of students is about 7,000.
Faculty of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering was founded in 1928. It is the main and the oldest faculty of K. N. Toosi University of Technology.
It is also the first electrical engineering school in Iran. The faculty has more than 70 full-time faculty members. It is among the best electrical engineering schools in Iran, especially in graduate studies in the field of Communications, Controls, and Biomedical Engineering. The Faculty of Computer Engineering was founded in 2014 after separating from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
It offers the following programs:
|Biomedical Engineering||Biomedical Engineering|
|Electrical Engineering: Communications||Communications||Communications|
|Electrical Engineering: Control||Control||Control|
|Electrical Engineering: Electronics||Electronics||Electronics|
|Electrical Engineering: Power Engineering||Power Engineering||Power Engineering|
|Computer Engineering: Hardware||Artificial Intelligence||Artificial Intelligence|
|Computer Engineering: Software||Artificial Intelligence||Artificial Intelligence|
|Aerospace Engineering: Astronautical||Astronautical Engineering||Astronautical Engineering|
These faculties are at Seyedkhandan Bridge, beside the Ministry of Communication. A recreational center is on this campus.
Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
This is the youngest of the KNTU faculties. Its core was formed as Aerospace group in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in 2000. It provided MSc programs in aerodynamics, propulsion, flight dynamics and aerospace structures. In 2001, it launched the first MSc program in space machinery engineering in Iran.
In 2004, the BSc joint aerospace engineering program with MATI (Moscow State Aviation Technological University) was launched. In 2006, the Faculty had officially become independent from the Mechanical Engineering faculty and the first group of BSc state students were admitted through the Iranian University Entrance Examinations.
During the years 2000-2007 the faculty used the facilities of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty. In June 2007, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering moved to its new campus, and the faculty became independent. Some of the facilities of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (such as workshops) were kept on the Aerospace Engineering campus.
The campus is on University Boulevard, Vafadar St., Tehranpars. It has a large library that is being equipped.The aerospace engineering student accommodation is just beside the faculty. The Nasir Gym (K. N. Toosi University of Technology's newest recreational building) is also beside the faculty. There are plans for building recreational facilities, including a gym, at this site. The workshop complex of the university is ont this campus.
There are about 170 students studying at the faculty and there are 10 full-time faculty members. The faculty also uses many part-time professors, usually from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The first group of joint program students were sent to Russia in August 2007. The faculty is going to launch its P.H.D program in 2008.
The faculty was the host of the sixth national and second international Conference of the Iranian Aerospace Society. A new research Center was established at the faculty in 2007, conducting industrial research in aerospace. There are research laboratories at the faculty, including:
- MDO Lab
- Control Lab
- Combustion and Propulsion Research Lab
- Aerodynamics Lab and Wind tunnel
- Parallel Processing Lab
- Space Research Lab
The table below shows the programs available at the faculty:
|Aerospace Engineering||Aerospace Engineering (Propulsion)||Aerospace Engineering (Propulsion)|
|Aerospace Engineering (Joint Program with MATI University, Russia)||Aerospace Engineering (Aerodynamics)||Aerospace Engineering (Flight Dynamics and Control)|
|Aerospace Engineering (Space Machinery)||Aerospace Engineering (Joint Program with MATI University, Russia)|
|Aerospace Engineering (Flight Dynamics and Control)|
|Aerospace Engineering (Aerospace Structures)|
Faculty of Civil Engineering
This faculty comprises six groups: Earthquake engineering-water engineering-soil engineering-structural engineering-transportation engineering-environmental engineering.
It offers the following programs:
|Civil Engineering||Water: Water Resources||Applied Designing|
|Water: Hydraulics||Structural Engineering|
|Environment||Soil and Foundation Engineering|
|Road and Transportation|
|Soil Mechanics and Foundations|
The campus is jointly used by this faculty and the Faculty of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering. The library contains about 7,000 books in Persian, 6,000 books in English and other foreign languages, 130 journals in different languages, and 150 thesis and research reports. The university's bookshop is on this campus. There is a housing facility and some sport facilities. The faculty has several fully equipped labs used for research or teaching.
The laboratories are as follows:
- Structural Engineering Laboratories: Concrete, Structures, Mechanics of Materials, Materials of Construction.
- Water Engineering Laboratories: Hydrology, Hydraulics, and Hydraulic Models.
- Road and Transportation Engineering Laboratories: Pavement Properties
- Soil and Foundation Engineering Laboratories: Soil Mechanics Laboratory
- Earthquake Engineering Laboratories: Structural Dynamics Laboratory, including ambient and forced vibration testing devices for the evaluation and measurement of the dynamic characteristics of the existing structures, as well as an earthquake computer site.
- Environmental Engineering Laboratories: Water and Waste Water Chemistry, Redundant Solid Materials, and Microbiology.
This faculty is expert in concrete engineering and has won national and international awards for its achievements in this field. These include first place in 2002 and 2003, second place in 2001. and third place in 2004 in the cement competitions of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). They have been awarded third place in the bridge design and construction with Balsa wood competition in 2003. The students publish a scientific journal named Abanegan آبانگان dedicated to water engineering.
The faculty has 28 full-time faculty members. It is at Valiasr St., opposite the Eskan towers. Student accommodation, a recreational center and the university's bookshop is on this campus.
The E-Learning Center
In 2004 K. N. Toosi University of Technology started its E-Learning programs. The following programs are available:
- Bsc in Industrial Engineering (system analysis)
- Bsc in IT
- Bsc in Computer Engineering
- Msc in Industrial Engineering (system analysis)
- Msc in IT (information systems engineering)
This center is in the central building of the university (Mirdamad Ave.).
Faculty of Geodesy and Geomatics
The educational activities of this faculty started in 1954 as Geomatics Institute. This was shortly after the establishment of the Geomatics Organization of Iran. The mission of the newly established Geomatics Institute was mainly to train professional geomatics workforce for governmental organizations. In 1980, this institute joined the newly established K. N. Toosi University of Technology. Initially it was known as the Faculty of Civil Engineering and the geodesy and geomatics engineering was one of the departments. With the expansion of the university, in 2001, this department made an independent faculty under the name of Geodesy and Geomatic Engineering to meet the growing demand.
As the only Faculty of Geodesy and Geomatics in Iran, this faculty is recognized as one of the leading educational and research centers of Iran in geodesy and geomatic engineering. With more than 19 full-time faculty members, this faculty offers programs in graduate and undergraduate levels.
It offers the following programs:
|Geomatic Engineering (Geodesy and Geomatics)||Geodesy||Geodesy|
|Photogrammetry||Photogrammetry and Remote sensing|
|Remote sensing||Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing|
This faculty is located at Valiasr St., opposite the Eskan towers.
Faculty of Industrial Engineering
In 1993, the Department of Industrial Engineering was formed in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. In 1999, this department was separated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering to continue its activities as an independent Faculty. Graduates of this Faculty have had outstanding success in getting admission to higher programs.
With 17 full-time academic members, this faculty is working hard to improve the quality of education and research at the KNTU.
Programs and degrees presented at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering:
|Industrial Production||Industrial Engineering||Industrial Engineering|
|Systems Analysis and Planning||IT|
- precision measurement and quality control
- information technology
- industrial systems and automation
- advanced design and production and robotics
- time and motion study
Research capabilities and interests:
- Air Traffic Flow Management & Ground Holding Problem
- Information technology: Electronic commerce
- Quality control systems in production processes
- Quality management systems
- Planning and production control
- Maintenance systems
- Industrial design based on human being factors
- Analysis of ergonomic problems
- Analysis of industrial systems using computer simulation
- Internet marketing
- Commercial intelligence
- Decision making in trade and industry
This faculty is in the Mollasadra building, Pardis St., Mollasadra St., Vanak Sq. It also operates a building at Seyedkhandan Bridge, Dabestan Alley.
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering was founded in 1973.
In June 2007, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering moved to its new campus. The faculty has 44 full-time faculty members. This faculty is the richest faculty of Iran in percentage of associate and full professors — half of the faculty members are associate professors, in addition to 14 full professors. This is one of the most equipped mechanical engineering faculties in Iran and Middle East.
It offers the following programs:
|Mechanical Engineering (Thermo-fluid)||Mechatronics||Energy Conversion|
|Mechanical Engineering (Solids)||Applied Design||Applied Design|
|Manufacturing Technology and Processes|
|Sensing and Control Systems|
This faculty is in the Mollasadra building, Pardis St., Mollasadra St., Vanak Sq.
Faculty of Science
The ex-Faculty of Basic Sciences started its activities in 1980 by presenting basic science courses to engineering students of different disciplines. In 1987, the expansion of the Faculty allowed admission of undergraduate applied science students and the name was altered to Faculty of Science.
The Faculty consists of four departments: Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics, Mathematics, and the Department of General Courses. The latter department provides courses in theology and ethics, Persian literature, English, and physical education.
This faculty is at Kavian St., Jolfa St., Shariati St. A recreational center is on this campus.
This faculty provides the following programs:
|Applied Chemistry||Physical Chemistry||Electrochemistry|
|Pure Mathematics||Organic Chemistry||Physical Chemistry|
|Applied Mathematics||Inorganic Chemistry||Organic Chemistry|
|Solid State Physics||Analytical Chemistry||Analytical Chemistry|
|Pure Mathematics||Pure Mathematics (functional analysis)|
|Applied Mathematics||Pure Mathematics (harmonic analysis)|
|Nuclear Physics||Pure Mathematics (algebra-modules and loops)|
|Solid State Physics||Pure Mathematics (algebra-algebrical number theory)|
|Pure mathematics (finite groups theory)|
|Applied mathematics (operational research)|
|Applied mathematics (numerical analysis)|
Faculty of Materials science and engineering:
The K. N. Toosi University of Technology (KNTU) began its activities in the field of Materials Science and Engineering in 2001, with the establishment of a M.Sc. degree in Characterization and Selection of Engineering Materials Program, as a sub-branch of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. In 2010, the activities and scope of the Materials Program were expanded to offer a Ph.D. degree, followed in 2011 by another M.Sc. degree in Metals Forming and a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Metallurgy.
In the year 2013, with the approval of KNTU as well as the Council for Promoting Higher Education in the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, the Materials Program was promoted into the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering. The faculty began its e-Learning Program, offering M.Sc. degrees in Characterization and Selection of Engineering Materials in 2013, and Metals Forming in 2016. Another M.Sc. degree in Nanomaterials was launched in 2017. After several years of growth, the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering now hosts 10 full-time faculty members. professor ali shokuhfar is a member of this faculty.
Joint international programs
KNTU is collaborating in research and teaching programs with many universities around the world. In this regard, memoranda of understanding have been signed between KNTU and universities from Australia, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
The courses in most international programs are offered in English. Admission to these programs is either through the National Entrance Exam (Konkoor) or through special exams conducted by KNTU. The tuition fee varies for each program. The following joint international programs are active:
- MSc program in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems with the International Institute for Aerospace Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC), the Netherlands.
- MSc program in Automotive Engineering with Kingston University, London, UK.
- MSc program in Energy Systems with University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.
- BSc program in Aerospace Engineering with Moscow State University of Aerospace Technology (MATI), Moscow, Russia.
- Phd program in Aerospace Engineering with Moscow State University of Aerospace Technology (MATI), Moscow, Russia.
K. N. Toosi University of Technology is known for its industrial relations. It conducts research for many companies such as Iran Khodro, Saipa, Aerospace Industries Organization. Research is conducted in all the KNTU laboratories and even research groups such as ARAS exist within faculties. The Launch Vehicle research center has started its work at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering, one of the first centers of its kind. There are several centers of excellence at this university including the following:
- Center of Excellence in liquid propellant launch vehicle design
- Center of excellence in space engineering
- Center of excellence in robotics and control
- Center of excellence in materials and modern structures
- Center of excellence in energy systems and fluids
There are several research centers at this university including:
- Space Systems Research Center
There are several research laboratories at this university including:
- Propulsion and Combustion Research laboratory (Faculty of Aerospace Engineering)
- MDO (multidisciplinary design optimization) Research laboratory (Faculty of Aerospace Engineering)
- Space Research laboratory (Faculty of Aerospace Engineering)
- Aerodynamics Research laboratory (Faculty of Aerospace Engineering)
- Subsonic wind tunnel (Faculty of Aerospace Engineering)
- Parallel processing Research laboratory (Faculty of Aerospace Engineering)
- Multiphase Flow Laboratory (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Actuators Research laboratory (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Vibrations and Automobiles Research laboratory (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Virtual Reality Research laboratory (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Composite Research laboratory (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Fracture Mechanics Research laboratory (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Instrumentation and Control Research laboratory (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Combustion Research laboratory (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Turbomachinery Research laboratory (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Nano and Materials Research laboratory (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Robotics Research laboratory (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
- Spread Spectrum and Wireless Communications laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Digital Control Systems Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Industrial Control Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Instrumentation Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Intelligent Systems Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Linear System Theory Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Adaptive Control Systems Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- System Identification Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Optimal Control Systems Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Nonlinear Control Systems Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Robust Control Systems Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Robotics Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Guidance and Navigation Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Automation Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Process Control Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Biomedical Engineering Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Biomedical Signal and Image Processing Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Bioelectric Artificial Organs Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Antenna Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Communication Circuits Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- DSP (Digital Signal Processing) Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Microwave Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Optical Fibers Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Logical circuits Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Microprocessor Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Computer Networks Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- FPGA Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Computer Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Parallel Prossesing Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Computer Architecture Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Digital Electronic Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Electronic Circuits Research laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- High Voltage Laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Power System Laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Relaying and Protection Laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Special Machines Laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Power Electronics Laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Electric Machinery Laboratory (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
- Exact Measurement and Quality Control Research laboratory (Faculty of Industrial Engineering)
- Simulation Research laboratory (Faculty of Industrial Engineering)
- IT(Information Technology) Research laboratory (Faculty of Industrial Engineering)
- Automation and Industrial Systems Research laboratory (Faculty of Industrial Engineering)
- Robotics and Design and Manufacturing Research laboratory (Faculty of Industrial Engineering)
- Numerical Computation Research laboratory (Faculty of Science)
- Laser Research laboratory (Faculty of Science)
- Solid-state Physics Research laboratory (Faculty of Science)
There are workshops such as the following, in many of which research is conducted:
- Automechanic Workshop (on the Faculty of AE Eng. campus)
- Casting Workshop (on the Faculty of AE Eng. campus)
- Sheet-metal Workshop (on the Faculty of AE Eng. campus)
- Electrical Engineering Workshop (Faculty of Electrical Engineering)
In the latest university rankings announced by the Times Higher Education Supplement on September 2016, K N Toosi University of Technology was ranked among the top 5 universities in Iran and in the range of 601 to 800 top universities in the world. 
Department of applied chemistry:
The department has 12 full-time faculty members specialized in chemical physics, analytical chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, and electrochemistry. Besides the undergraduate program, the department offers an undergraduate program leading to BSc in applied chemistry and graduate programs leading to MSc and PhD degrees in related disciplines.
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