Malek Ashtar University (MAU)

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Last Updated: August 21, 2013
Other Name: Malek Ashtar University of Technology; Malek Ashtar University of Defence Technology
Location: Tehran
Subordinate To: Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics
Size: Unknown
Facility Status: Operational

The Malek Ashtar University is heavily involved in Iran's nuclear and missile programs. The institution's main purpose is to fulfill the research, development, and education needs of the Ministry of Defense and Revolutionary Guards Corps. The university's chemistry department allegedly conducted research on beryllium, a material used in the trigger mechanisms of nuclear weapons. [1] Iranian dissidents such as former MAU employee Shahram Amiri also claim that the university is involved in the production of centrifuges for uranium enrichment. [2] In 2013, the United States Department of Treasury targeted President of Malek Ashtar University Reza Mozaffarnia with individual sanctions, citing Mozaffarnia's involvement with Iran's Ministry of Defense Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) division, as well as his and the university's support of Iran's missile program. [3]

[1] "List of Iranian Entities or Individuals Targeted for UN Sanctions," AFP, 23 December 2006.
[2] Thomas Fuller, "Iran Rejects Calls to Halt Uranium Processing," The International Herald Tribune, 10 August 2005; Salman Masood and Alan Cowell, "Pakistan Says Iranian Scientist is at its Embassy in U.S.; "Nuclear Expert Tehran Says was Seized by C.I.A. is to be Sent Back Home," The International Herald Tribune, 14 July 2010, p. 5.
[3] "Treasury Announces New Sanctions Against Iran," U.S. Department of Treasury, 23 May 2013,

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