Malek Ashtar University

Also Known As: 

Malek Ashtar University of Technology (MUT)
Malek-Ashtar Industrial University
Malek Ashtar University of Defence Technology

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear
  • Missile
  • Biological


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Listed by the European Union on June 24, 2008 as an entity linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; with some exceptions, and within their jurisdiction, European Union member states must freeze all funds and economic resources owned, held or controlled by the listed entity, and must also ensure that funds or economic resources are not made available to or for the benefit of the listed entity;

Listed in an early warning document distributed by the German government to industry in July 2005 as a mainly civilian institution which also conducts military research and development, posing a risk of scientific facilities being misused as cover addresses for military imports; according to Iran, provides for the education and research and development needs of Iran's Ministry of Defense; created a missile training program in 2003, collaborating closely with AIO; chemistry department, which is affiliated with Iran's Ministry of Defense Armed Forces Logistics, has conducted experiments on beryllium.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), supplies university experts and professors to Iran's Atomic Energy Organization for the weaponization, research, testing, and production of atomic weapons; according to the NCRI, headquartered in Tehran's Lavizan area and maintains campuses in Isfahan and Karaj.

Allegedly has a laser enrichment program transferred to a location outside Isfahan; the program is allegedly headed by Dr. Majid Rezazadeh, a nuclear physicist who is allegedly a member of the university's board of scientists and chairman of its science complex in Isfahan; laser enrichment experts allegedly include Dr. Reza Erfanian (head of physics research) and Dr. Mansour Mohtashamifard (electrical engineering department).

According to the NCRI, has produced centrifuge parts; according to the NCRI, conducting research for production of maraging steel allegedly containing cobalt and having a grade of 300-350, usable for centrifuge rotors; according to NCRI, involved in attempts to make ceramic matrix composites; according to the NCRI, successfully produced beryllium oxide in laboratory testing and is working on industrial production of the metal; the beryllium oxide project is allegedly headed by university president Dr. Nasser Ehsani and supervised by Brigadier General Hosseini Tash; according to the NCRI, Dr. Teimourian, head of the chemical group at the university, works with Abbas Soliemani, an engineer, and Dr. Nasser Ehsani on mixing beryllium with Polonium 210 for a neutron initiator;

According to the NCRI, a biological weapons center formed by Iran's Ministry of Defense to conduct research on biological weapons; according to the NCRI, carries out genetic cloning, led by Dr. Maqsudi, head of the Center for Scientific and Growth Technology; according to the NCRI, cloning project based in the Lavizan-Shian Technological Research Center; reportedly, according to the NCRI, houses the Center for Genetic Biotechnology and Engineering Research (Research Center for Genetic Biotechnology), a key facility in Iran's bioweapons program; with K.N. Toosi University of Technology, base of a Moscow State Aviation Technological University (MAI) overseas training branch; reportedly oversees the Aviation University Complex.

Implements special national research projects and educates experts and personnel for Iran's industrial and research centers; faculties include aerospace engineering, applied sciences, electrical and electronic engineering, management and industrial engineering, marine science and engineering, materials and manufacturing technologies, and information, communications and security technologies; rector as of 2006, Lieutenant General Mohammad Mehdi Nejad Nouri; established in 1986.

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Date Entered: 

January 26, 2004

Date Last Modified: 

August 27, 2008