Sharif University of Technology (SUT)

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Last Updated: January 1, 2011
Other Name: Arya-mehr University of Technology
Location: Tehran
Subordinate To: Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI
Size: 50 hectares
Facility Status: Open

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. [1] 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. [2] The SUT is Iran's most prestigious engineering school and offers undergraduate, graduate and PhD degrees in metallurgy, engineering, and nuclear physics. [3] Some Western intelligence sources believe that an Iranian nuclear weapons program could be secretly established as a branch of the SUT. [4]

[1] Andrew Koch and Jeanette Wolf, "Iran's Nuclear Facilities: A Profile," Center for Nonproliferation Studies, 1998,
[2] "Briefing Notes from February 2008 IAEA Meeting Regarding Iran's Nuclear Program," Institute for Science and International Security, 11 April 2008,
[3] "Education," Sharif University of Technology,
[4] "Iran to Set Up Secret Nuclear Faculty: Intelligence Source," AFP, 20 March 2005.

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