Amirkabir University of Technology

Also Known As: 

Amirkabir Technological University
Amirkabir Technology University
Amir Kabir Technology University
Amir-Kabir Technology University
Amir-Kabir University of Technology
Amir Khabir University
Amir Kabir University of Technology
Amir Khabir University of Technology (AKT)
Amirkabir Industrial University
Amir Kabir Industrial University
Amir Kabir Technological University

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile
  • Chemical
  • Biological

Related Country: 

  • North Korea


- P.O. Box 15875-4413, No. 424 Hafez Ave., Tehran, Iran
- P.O. Box 15875-4413, 421 Hafez Ave., Tehran, Iran
- 424 Hafez, Tehran, Iran
- Amir Kabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), P.O. Box 15875-4413, Hafez Avenue, Facing Somayeh Street, Tehran, Iran
- No. 350, Hafez Ave, Valiasr Square, Tehran 1591634311, Iran
- Shahid Shadloo Street, Motahari Blvd., Garmsar, Iran
- Opposite the Park Ghadir, The Coastal Boulevard, Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan, Iran


+98 21 64540
+98 21 6641 4113
023 34241812




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An Iranian higher education technical and engineering institute; has conducted research relevant to uranium enrichment, the development of a nuclear implosion device, and missile guidance.

Has hosted centrifuge rotor tests conducted without nuclear material for Iran's uranium enrichment program; hosted theoretical and experimental studies in the late 1990s to improve P-1 centrifuge manufacturing; has conducted studies on neutron generation and transport, an area of research important to the development of a nuclear implosion device; has conducted research on molecular laser isotope separation (MLIS) versus atomic vapor laser isotope separation (AVLIS) for uranium enrichment.

In 2015, university chancellor visited the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP) and received a briefing on the operation of the uranium enrichment centrifuges; reportedly provided researchers to upgrade the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP); reportedly cooperated with North Korean scientists to develop a masters-level course on dual-use nuclear technology; in 2013, reportedly cooperated with University of Esfahan, Esfahan University of Technology, and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to hold the First Conference on Iran's Fuel Cycle and Nuclear Materials.

Includes an Aerospace Research Institute (established in cooperation with the Iranian Space Agency (ISA)) that oversees the university's aerospace programs and conducts research on aeronautics, marine systems, airborne systems, gas turbines, and satellite and space systems.

Faculty have conducted research on missile guidance codes; has participated in a project for a rocket engine to launch satellites into geostationary orbit; reportedly signed an agreement with the ISA and the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology to develop a rocket capable of carrying a living creature into space; reportedly managed a project to create a 15-meter radius wind tunnel for testing of aircraft, missiles, helicopters, and spacecraft.

Develops satellite systems; in 2020, signed a contract with Iran's Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to design and build a precision satellite; developed the Payam satellite; reportedly developed the Nahid satellite in cooperation with the ISA; reportedly cooperated with the ISA to design a satellite for earth observation and the evaluation of agricultural products, known as the "AUT SAT".

Colleges include:

  • School of Industrial Engineering and Management
  • School of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Maritime Engineering
  • School of Material Engineering and Advanced Processes
  • School of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering
  • School of Petroleum, Civil, and Mining Engineering
  • School of Sciences-mathematics, computer science, physics and energy engineering, and chemistry

Physics and Nuclear Science Department (a.k.a. Department of Physics and Energy Engineering) offers masters and PhD classes on atomic and molecular physics, nuclear energy, nuclear engineering, and nuclear physics, and supports research in nuclear technology.

Develops nuclear fusion technology; developed and operates the Alborz tokamak device; involved in the development and operation of the Amirkabir Plasma Focus (APF) facility.

Has signed memoranda of understanding for cooperation in science and research with the Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO)Information Systems of Iran (ISIRAN)Iran Aircraft Industries (IACI)Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industries (IAMI)Iran Communications Industries (ICI)Marine Industries Group (MIG), the Ministry of Defense Center for Investigation and Research, the Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI), and with 70 universities in 24 countries; hosts a branch of the Jehad Daneshgahi Organization that has concluded a memorandum of understanding with Shahid Moslemi Industries of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL).

Intended recipient of a scanning electron microscope and relevant components and accessories, the procurement of which was denied on July 27, 2006, by a member state of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG); intended recipient of an inductively coupled plasma time-of-flight mass spectrometer, reportedly from the Australian company GBC Scientific Equipment Pty Ltd., the procurement of which was denied in March 2003 by an NSG member state.

Has campuses in Tehran, Garmsar, Mahshahr, and Bandar Abbas, and on Kish Island; facilities reportedly include a drone research center.

Chancellor and president is Seyed Ahmad Motamedi; former chancellor and president is Dr. Alireza Rahai; faculty have included Reza Amrollahi (head of department of physics and energy engineering and a former head of the AEOI).

Established in 1958 under the name Tehran Polytechnic.


Listed by the Japanese government in 2020 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles and nuclear weapons.

Listed by the British government in 2013 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement, but removed in 2017 after the U.K. withdrew its Iran list.

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Date Entered: 

January 26, 2004

Date Last Modified: 

May 18, 2020