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Amir Kabir University Head Announces Launch of Collaborative Research Labs with Atomic Energy Organization

 | Post date: 2023/11/21 | 
 The head of Amirkabir University of Technology: Establishing cooperative research laboratories between the university and the Atomic Energy Organization marks a significant stride in fostering collaborative scientific endeavors.
Faez: The head of the Atomic Energy Organization visited the Faculty of Energy and Physics Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology. Subsequently, the supervisor of Amirkabir University announced the commencement of joint research laboratories in collaboration with the Atomic Energy Organization.
 Faez: Dr. Alireza Rahaei, the supervisor of Amirkabir University, announced a collaborative research initiative between the university and the Atomic Energy Organization. He affirmed, "Cooperation between the university and the Atomic Energy Organization will persist, involving the establishment of joint laboratories and the creation of centers dedicated to collaborative research."

As reported by the Public Relations Office of Amirkabir University, Dr. Rahaei underscored, during the visit of the head of the Atomic Energy Organization to the Faculty of Energy and Physics Engineering, that colleagues in this faculty are trailblazers in the nuclear industry. Each has been a source of prosperity for the country and the system, making significant contributions through valuable and impactful activities.

He emphasized the commencement of noteworthy work in the field of nuclear engineering in 1987. Due to considerations in higher education and the nation's pressing need for the advancement and excellence of this industry, a special license was granted by the government and later by the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, leading to the establishment of a nuclear engineering Ph.D. program.
Faez: Undoubtedly, the collaboration between the university and the nuclear industry serves as an unprecedented model, spanning four decades since the revolution's triumph. Throughout this period, an exceptional level of cooperation has been evident, with the Atomic Energy Organization actively engaging with the university since 1987, providing invaluable services.

Dr. Rahaei emphasized, "Currently, more than 70 of our nuclear Ph.D. graduates are actively contributing to the Atomic Energy Organization, reflecting an unparalleled level of collaboration not witnessed in any other sector."

He highlighted, "Within the Faculty of Energy and Physics Engineering, over 110 Ph.D. students and 275 master's students, specializing in fields such as medical physics and reactor engineering, are enriching our academic community. The university is steadfast in utilizing all available resources to strengthen various industries, particularly the nuclear sector. Despite sanctions, our objective is to domestically manufacture all necessary equipment and address challenges within our industry."

He reiterated the university's commitment to applying scientific knowledge for practical service, emphasizing a focus on addressing industry challenges and mitigating the adverse effects of sanctions on the country.
Faez: He continued, "From martyr Dr. Shahriari, a former student at the Faculty of Nuclear Engineering at this university who later became a faculty member, to those who sacrificed their lives in advancing nuclear knowledge in our country, their memory remains indelible. Individuals like Mostafa Sohrabpour and others, who departed prematurely, should not be forgotten. They have all been integral to the country's achievements, contributing significantly to the field of nuclear science."

He added, "We aspire that, in light of the directives provided during today's visit by the head of the Atomic Energy Organization, the industry will actively contribute to advancing the research activities of the faculty. Additionally, we aim to harness the expertise of our graduates in various sectors of this faculty for collaborative development initiatives. Plans are underway to support the expansion of laboratories in this faculty, including the procurement of necessary equipment."

The supervisor of Amirkabir University further outlined, "The strategic initiative involves establishing a new laboratory across various nuclear disciplines. In essence, the collaboration between the university and the Atomic Energy Organization will persist through diverse channels, encompassing the establishment of joint laboratories and the creation of centers for collaborative research."

Dr. Rahaei emphasized, "Students at the Faculty of Nuclear Engineering anticipate that, through industry collaborations, they can formulate purposeful theses and dissertations. Subsequently, the industry is expected to provide the requisite support for the successful implementation of these projects."
A new research center focused on therapeutic drugs is being inaugurated at the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology.
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran emphasized, "We are systematically pursuing the development of nuclear technology, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology, we will establish and launch the Research Center for Therapeutic Drugs at the Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology."

Engineer Mohammad Islami, during a visit to Amirkabir University of Technology among faculty, managers, and students, stated, "It is crucial for us to take strides in elevating the scientific standing of the country because the people of Iran deserve the best and the finest."

Highlighting the need for increased coordination and efforts in the development of the nuclear industry, he mentioned, "Today, our endeavors to advance the nuclear industry must be continuous. We must strive for excellence with confidence, acknowledging external pressures attempting to sow despair among our youth by claiming that we will not achieve anything and will not progress."

The Deputy Head of the Presidential Office and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, emphasizing that the Iranian nation has chosen a path that will end in victory, addressed the students, stating, "Now, the role and position of international organizations should be aligned with preserving global peace and tranquility, avoiding double standards."

Islami emphasized, "Throughout all these years, their pressure on us has aimed to hinder our access to advanced sciences and technologies. They convey this through their media power, continually introducing accusations to distort the truth and deceive minds."

Continuing, he underscored the crucial question of how to confront these conditions and attacks relying on media power. He said, "To counter this situation, alongside effort and endeavor, we must instill belief and faith in the hearts and minds of our people, especially the younger generation."
Islami emphasized the importance of nurturing this pursuit within the university environment, ensuring support for the students. He highlighted the need for students to be acquainted with the outcomes of their professors' research, enabling ideas and plans to make a meaningful impact on people's lives.

He stressed that these ideas and plans should be translated into commercial and industrial paths, allowing people to witness the tangible results and effectiveness of these initiatives, fostering hope. Islami pointed out that when students perceive a lack of support for research or the failure to implement research results, it leads to disillusionment—a phenomenon designed to instill despair in the younger generation.

He added, "In the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, a strong and effective connection, based on a constructive culture, exists between pioneers, students, and others. We must maintain this trend and continuity, preventing any disruptions."

Continuing, he mentioned the organization's efforts in providing scholarships, stating that in this year's university entrance exam booklet, they granted scholarships to 100 students across 10 universities and 10 fields. These students were selected through interviews and are currently pursuing various undergraduate disciplines. Plans have also been made for scholarships for master's and Ph.D. students.

He further emphasized the importance of interaction and collaboration with universities in research areas, as well as investment in the training, attraction, and development of human resources, all integral parts of the organization's programs.

Islami highlighted the formulation of a 20-year vision document in the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, featuring clear and achievable goals. He underscored the ongoing comprehensive development of nuclear technology with precise planning and a defined timeline, emphasizing its significant impact on national progress.

Referring to the imperative to achieve 20,000 megawatts of nuclear power generation within the organization's 20-year plan, he emphasized that, based on the directives of the Supreme Leader, they are committed to reaching this production target.

Islami concluded by underscoring the significance of this endeavor in alignment with the Paris Convention, emphasizing the need to achieve zero carbon emissions (carbon neutrality) by 2050 and transition the country's electricity sources towards clean energy.

A wealth founded on science and technology holds a formidable deterrent capability.

The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization underscored the opposition from adversaries to Iran's pursuit of such power, attributing it to their intention to undermine and exert pressure on the nation. He emphasized that our strength instills fear, as knowledge empowers, and possessing science and technology is a crucial asset.

Furthermore, he stressed the imperative to bolster Iran's modest share in the nuclear industry within the country's energy portfolio, noting progress has already been achieved. This involves building industrial capacity for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran while concurrently advancing research and engineering capabilities.

To achieve these objectives, various mechanisms, such as establishing companies, site selection, and comprehensive studies, have been set in motion. Notably, these initiatives extend beyond Units 2 and 3 of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, encompassing ongoing operational activities at other sites.

The official asserted that wealth derived from science and technology yields deterrent power, facilitating the attainment of vital objectives and liberation from dependence. He disclosed the organization's current commitment to constructing a wholly Iranian 300-megawatt nuclear power plant in Khuzestan, aligning with the organization's 20-year vision document. These plans aim to augment our capacity to absorb human resources and enhance industrial and technological empowerment.

In conclusion, he reiterated that these capabilities are actively pursued by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, making a substantial contribution to the potential future development of nuclear power generation in the country.

Various nuclear sectors contribute significantly to economic value creation.

Diverse nuclear sectors are drivers of economic value, and within the nuclear fuel cycle, we witness a range of contributions in engineering, technology, industry, and commerce.

Moreover, he noted that despite ample capacities and extensive efforts to advance radiation applications, we have not fully capitalized on their development in recent years. This domain's expansion significantly benefits sectors like agriculture, industry, health, and the environment, playing a vital role in the national economy and the well-being of the people.

He highlighted the country's specific focus on establishing twelve irradiation centers for advancing radiation applications. The inaugural center in Qazvin province has already commenced operations, with hopes for swift progress in this initiative.

He further explained that radiation-generating systems, crafted with the assistance of a knowledge-based network, are currently being extended across various regions of the country. This expansion not only fosters job creation but also crucially prevents a spectrum of diseases resulting from pests and toxins in the country's agricultural products.

Emphasizing the significance, he stated that irradiating agricultural products and food helps avoid substantial losses, ultimately contributing to the enhancement of the national economy.
Commencement of operations at the Center for Development and Production of Radiopharmaceuticals (TETRA).

Mohammad Islami, underscoring the strategic pursuit of nuclear technology development, stated, "In the domain of radiopharmaceutical production and development, the 'TETRA' center will soon become operational as the largest facility in the region."

Highlighting the swift progress of the "TETRA" center project, he expressed confidence in its imminent realization.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran noted that, with the Minister of Science, Research, and Technology's focus, a research center for therapeutic pharmaceuticals has been initiated within the institute.

Addressing the alleviation of people's suffering through innovative technologies in chemotherapy and drug production, he emphasized the significance of renewing commitment during the visit to Amir Kabir University. This renewal aims to enhance collaboration in project execution, scientific research, and student theses between the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the scientific community.

In conclusion, the Vice President emphasized the potential commercialization and industrialization of projects, scientific research, and student theses with the provided support and established frameworks. He highlighted the connection of students to these initiatives, ensuring their future careers in the nuclear industry.

It's noteworthy that Mohammad Islami, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization, engaged with professors and students at Amir Kabir University, addressing their questions at the conclusion of the ceremony. Additionally, he visited various laboratories, including nuclear fuel fabrication, accelerator research, laser research, and radiation physics and dosimetry.