|Last Updated:||January 1, 2011|
|Other Name:||Arya-mehr University of Technology|
|Subordinate To:||Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI|
Established in 1966, the Sharif University of Technology (SUT) plays a significant role in Iran's ballistic missile and nuclear programs. Tehran has used the university as a front company to purchase sensitive items from abroad, particularly materials related to the production of centrifuges.  The Sharif University is affiliated with the Physics Research Center, which was involved in studies on nuclear weapons development, high-power explosives and missile reentry vehicles.  The SUT is Iran's most prestigious engineering school and offers undergraduate, graduate and PhD degrees in metallurgy, engineering, and nuclear physics.  Some Western intelligence sources believe that an Iranian nuclear weapons program could be secretly established as a branch of the SUT. 
 Andrew Koch and Jeanette Wolf, "Iran's Nuclear Facilities: A Profile," Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 1998, www.nonproliferation.org.
 "Briefing Notes from February 2008 IAEA Meeting Regarding Iran's Nuclear Program," Institute for Science and International Security, 11 April 2008, www.isis-online.org.
 "Education," Sharif University of Technology, www.sharif.ir/en/.
 "Iran to Set Up Secret Nuclear Faculty: Intelligence Source," AFP, 20 March 2005.