K. N. Toosi University of Technology

Also Known As: 

Khajeh Nassir-Al-Deen Toosi University of Technology
Institute of Communications
Khaje-Nasiroddin Toussi University
دانشگاه صنعتی خواجه نصیرالدین طوسي


Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile


470 Mirdamad Ave. West, Tehran 19697, Iran
322 Mirdamad Ave. West, 19697, Tehran, Iran


+98 21 8888 2991-3
+98 21 8888 2994


+98 21 8879 7469


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A public university operating under the Iranian Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology; faculty has conducted research relevant to missiles, nuclear power, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

In cooperation with scientists from Islamic Azad University and Malek Ashtar University of Technology, faculty members have obtained hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene (HTPB) from China's Zibo Elim Trade Company Ltd. to research polymer coatings; HTPB is a substance controlled under the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) for its potential use in solid propellants for missiles; faculty members have also studied propulsion systems for UAVs using proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and turbine-less jet engines and conducted research on software for simulations of liquid propellant rocket engines, the design of ballistic missile autopilots, an improved guidance system for the Misagh-1 missile, and multi-stage solid propellant launch vehicles.

Identified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a university involved in activities related to nuclear power; in cooperation with scientists from the Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute (NSTRI) of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), faculty members have conducted research on how to more effectively use neutron detectors to monitor power in the Tehran Research Reactor; according to the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ), a non-governmental organization that supports Iranian opposition groups, facilitated Ali Mehdipour Omrani's doctoral dissertation on using explosive effects to increase the density of tungsten; according to the ISJ, introduced to Omrani by the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL).

Claims to offer joint doctoral and masters' courses with universities in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, and the United Kingdom; in 2016, reportedly sent its chancellor to Belarus as part of an official delegation promoting scientific cooperation; has been the location of a training branch of the Moscow State Aviation Technological Institute (MATI); reportedly signed a letter of understanding with MATI for joint aerospace cooperation, including joint aerospace graduate training courses; in 1999, reportedly concluded an agreement with Yuri Savelyev, rector of Baltic State Technical University (BSTU) and an expert on missiles, to have Russian professors teach rocket technologies to Iranian students.

Consists of six campuses in Tehran; has 11 faculties, including faculties of aerospace engineering, materials science and engineering, and physics; the faculty of aerospace engineering's areas of specialization include satellites and space integration; the faculty of physics' areas of research include nuclear physics.

Has been equipped with electron microscopes, scaler network analyzers, vector network analyzers, a spectrum analyzer, an antenna anechoic chamber, vacuum coating systems, gas chromatographs, and a wind tunnel that have been used for military projects.

Has 39 affiliated companies; allegedly obtained software from Mohammed Saeed Ajily in violation of Western sanctions on Iran; employs 313 faculty and hosts 7,351 undergraduate students and 3,768 postgraduate students; graduates include Amin Hasanzadeh and reportedly Mostafa Mohammad Najjar.

Established in 1928 as the Institute of Communications; renamed the Technical and Engineering University Complex in 1980 and K. N. Toosi University of Technology in 1984.


Listed by the Japanese government in 2022 as an entity of concern for proliferation relating to missiles and biological, chemical, and nuclear weapons.

Listed by the British government in 2015 as an entity of potential concern for WMD-related procurement, and has had export licenses both granted and denied by that government, but removed in 2017 after the U.K. withdrew its Iran list.

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Date Entered: 

January 26, 2004

Date Last Modified: 

December 19, 2022