FCCI-2018 Successfully Held at Sharif

FCCI-2018 Successfully Held at Sharif

The Seventh Fuel and Combustion Conference of Iran (FCCI-2018) with the collaboration of universities, research centers, and fuel and combustion industries was held on 13th and 14th February 2018 at Sharif University of Technology.

This scientific and technical event provided a forum for presenting the current and latest research and development activities in Combustion, Fuels and related topics. This event also promoted the exchange of ideas and experiences amongst academia and those from industries. Furthermore, the conference was intended to be an event worthy of the attention of all engineers, postgraduate students, and researchers who are involved in combustion and fuel research and development. In the margins of the conference, several technical panels by eminent experts in the field were arranged to discuss the present and future issues of fuel and combustion.

Prof. Marcus Aldén from Lund University and Prof. Dr. LPH de Goey from Eindhoven University of Technology were the keynote speakers at this conference.

An Academic Delegation from France in Sharif

An Academic Delegation from France in Sharif

SUT-ParisTech to Establish Dual Degree Programs in the Near Future

In the meeting that was held on January 24, 2018 at SUT’s International Affairs Office, Dr. Tcharkhtchian,  Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at ENSAM and the Representative of ParisTech paid a visit to Sharif. Mr. Bonte, Scientific Attaché of the French Embassy was accompanying Dr. Tcharkhtchian. On the other side, Dr. Simchi, Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant, Dr. Farrahi, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Farhadi, Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, received the delegation.

The meeting started with the discussion of the proposal by ParisTech to establish Double Diploma Program in MSc in all fields of engineering. The obstacles to expand academic collaborations with French universities were also discussed by the parties. Following the meeting, Mr. Bonte pointed out that a visit by the presidents of Iranian universities to France is arranged for next June. In this visit, the presidents are supposed to have several meetings with the presidents of the French universities to expand the academic collaborations between the two countries.

Finally, it was decided that the proposal of ParisTech is examined by SUT and the result will be delivered to ParisTech for evaluation in the near future. Moreover, Mr. Bonte and Dr. Simchi agreed on holding other meetings to define the plan of the upcoming visit of SUT’s president to France in more detail. Dr. Simchi also announced that the Norooz Celebration will be held in Sharif in the middle of March with the presence of ambassadors and scientific attachés of embassies.

It is worth mentioning that ParisTech is a cluster of 12 pioneering engineering schools in France. Further, Sharif already has strong scientific collaborations with France for which SUT-Grenbole Dual Degree PhD program and SUT-ENSAM Dual Degree Master Program in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering may be mentioned.

 

A High Ranking Delegation from SUT in Qatar

A High Ranking Delegation from SUT in Qatar

SUT to Expand Academic Collaborations with Qatar

15-16 January 2018: Prof. Fotuhi, President of Sharif University of Technology, along with Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant, paid a visit to Qatar University in Doha, Qatar. The purpose of this visit, which was made following the invitation of Dr. Al Derham, President of Qatar University, was to attend an international workshop entitled “Universities Ranking Based on Times Higher Education System”. This workshop was presented by Phil Baty, Editorial Director of THE.

In the margins of this workshop, Prof. Fotuhi had also a meeting with Dr. Al Derham. In this meeting, the expansion of scientific collaborations between SUT and Qatar University was discussed and stressed by the parties.

It is worth mentioning that Sharif already has several ongoing projects with Qatar University. Moreover, according to QS 2017, Qatar University is ranked 349th in the world and 37th among the universities under 50. Further, according to THE 2017, SUT is ranked 71st and Qatar University is ranked 77th between Asian universities.

Regional Director of QS Intelligence Unit in Sharif

Regional Director of QS Intelligence Unit in Sharif

In a series of meetings that were held from 18th to 20th December, 2017, Mr. Ashwin Fernandes, QS Regional Director for Middle East, North Africa and India came to Sharif University of Technology. During these days, Mr. Fernandes had meetings with Prof. Fotuhi, President of SUT, Vice-Presidents of the university, and heads of different departments. He also visited Sharif Technology Services Complex and various research centers and labs of the university. Further, on December 19, a workshop entitled “QS World University Ranking:n  Methodology & Analysis” was held by Mr. Fernandes. In the workshop, vice-presidents and deans of international affairs of different universities of Tehran took part.

It is worth mentioning that according to QS ranking system, Sharif University of Technology is the only university from Iran within the top 500 universities in the world.

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Representative of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology Visited Sharif

Representative of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology Visited Sharif

Beginning of SUT-Taiwan Cooperation

In a meeting that was held on November 22, 2017 at SUT’s International Affairs Office, Prof. Ming-Jyh CHERN, Vice-Dean of International Affairs of National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (TAIWAN TECH) paid a visit to Sharif. Prof. CHERN was received by Dr. Simchi, Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant, and Dr. Behzadipour, Professor at Mechanical Engineering Department.

During the meeting, possible lines of academic collaboration between SUT and TAIWAN TECH were discussed by the participants. As Prof. CHERN put it, SUT is the best university in Iran and for this reason collaborations between the universities would be beneficial to both sides. Following the meeting, professor and student exchange programs between the universities were stressed by the parties. Joint projects, linking the central labs of the universities, short-term courses, and webinars were among the other lines of cooperation discussed by the parties. Further, Prof. CHERN invited a delegation from SUT to pay a visit to TAIWAN TECH in order to negotiate the details of collaborative efforts and to visit various facilities of the university. Finally, it was decided that a proposal containing the details of the collaborations between SUT and TAIWAN TECH will be prepared in the near future.

It is worth mentioning that according to QS, TAIWAN TECH is ranked 264th in the world in 2017.

An Academic Delegation from Macquarie University, Australia in Sharif

An Academic Delegation from Macquarie University, Australia in Sharif

Today, November 8, 2018: An academic delegation from Macquarie University, Australia paid a visit to Sharif University of Technology. The delegation consisted of Dr. Tracy Rushmer, Vice-Dean for Higher Degree Research of the School of Science and Engineering, Dr. Mohsen Asadnia, Professor at the School of Engineering, Mr. Tanveer Shaheed, Regional Director at International Affairs Office, and Mr. Shahram Mirzaei. On the other side, Dr. Simchi, Dean of SUT’s International Affairs, Dr. Hormozi-nezhad, Dean of Research, Dr. Mehrany, Professor at Electrical Engineering Department, Dr. Behzadipour, Professor at Mechanical Engineering Department, and Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant, received the delegation.

During the meeting, implementation of the recently signed Cotutelle agreement between the universities was discussed by the participants. As Dr. Mehrany explained, the preliminary works have been done and the first cohort of SUT’s PhD students for the program will be introduced shortly. Moreover, the short visit of SUT’s BSc students to Macquarie University, probably in April for about two weeks, was discussed by Dr. Mehrany. As Dr. Mehrany put it, Macquarie’s BSc students are also welcome to visit SUT, especially in its research centers and labs. Following the meeting, Dr. Simchi focused on the internationalization strategies of Sharif University of Technology. As he explained, creating long-term relationships between SUT and other universities is one of the main priorities of SUT. These long-term relationships may include networking research centers, technology park, and central lab of the universities for joint international projects.  Finally, the possibility of joint projects between the universities in different fields, including mechanical engineering, was discussed by the parties.

After the meeting, Dr. Tracy Rushmer gave a lecture entitled ‘High Degree Research in Australian Perspective’ to a host of SUT’s students and professors. Afterward, Dr. Asadnia introduced the faculty of engineering of Macqurie University to the audience.  It is worth mentioning that Sharif and Macquarie have already signed an MoU which has been implemented in terms of a PhD double degree program in all fields.

Attached you may find the presentation file of Dr. Tracy Rushmer, presented on November 8, 2017 at Sharif University of Technology introducing higher education in Macquarie University to SUT’s students.

Presentation by Professor Tracy, compressed

SUT-Trieste Workshop Took Place at Sharif University of Technology

SUT-Trieste Workshop Took Place at Sharif University of Technology

Expansion of Academic and Industrial Collaborations between Sharif and Italy

An academic delegation from the University of Trieste, Italy participated in the four days workshop entitled ‘Sharif-Trieste’ at Sharif University of Technology in 3-6 November, 2017. The delegation was accompanied by several businessmen from different companies and industries of Italy. Dr. Angello Bassi from the University of Trieste was leading the delegation. The workshop started with a welcome dinner on Friday November 3rd. Dr. Fotuhi, President of SUT, Dr. Rashtchian, Vice-President for Education, Dr. Movahedi, Vice-President for Research and several officials and professors of SUT played host to the delegation at the welcome dinner. During the next three days, the delegation paid visits to several labs and research centers at Sharif University of Technology, including Durali’s Systems Design and Automation (DSDA) lab and Djavad Mowafaghian Research Center for Intelligent Neuro-rehabilitation Technologies.

The workshop ended with a concluding meeting at SUT’s International Affairs Office on Monday November 6th. As the members of the delegation put it in the meeting, based on the visits and conversations during the past three days, there seems to be a huge potential for collaboration between SUT and the University of Trieste. The participants also discussed the implementation of joint projects, workshops and faculty exchange between the universities. Finally, the parties expressed their hope that in the near future, the collaborations between SUT, the University of Trieste, and the Italian companies will be expanded.

It is worth mentioning that SUT and Trieste have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Further, Italy is one of the strategic partners of SUT and this fact is reflected in 13 signed MoUs, two of which have been implemented in terms of PhD Dual Degree Programs.

  

An Academic Delegation from Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Spain Visited Sharif

October 8, 2017: An academic delegation from BSC, Spain, consisting of Prof. Mateo Valero, Manager, Prof. Fabrizio Gagliardi, Senior Strategy Advisor, and Prof. Osman Unsal, Manager of Computer Architecture for Parallel Paradigms Group, paid a visit to Sharif. Dr. Movaghar, Dean of International Affairs, Dr. Rabiee, Chair of SUT’s Advanced Information and Communication Technology Research Center (AICT), and Dr. Asadi, Professor at Computer Engineering Department, played host to the delegation.

After the introduction of SUT and BSC by Dr. Movaghar and Dr. Valero, the parties discussed the possible lines of cooperation. Student and faculty exchange programs, sabbaticals, and dual degree programs were among the discussed topics. As Dr. Movaghar put it, since Sharif absorbs the best minds of Iran, such lines of cooperation would be beneficial to both sides. Following the meeting, joint projects between Sharif and BSC in important areas such as water management, air pollution, and supercomputation, were discussed by the participants. As Dr. Gagliardi stated, BSC is engaged in many projects encompassing such wide topics as modelling health, air, and water issues.  Therefore, SUT and BSC cooperation need not be limited to any specific field.

Finally, the parties decided to sign an MoU in the near future. This MoU would be signed between SUT and Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) which houses Barcelona Supercomputing Center. Moreover, Prof. Valero warmly invited SUT’s professors to pay a visit to BSC in a near future to determine the lines of collaborations more specifically.

After this meeting, the delegation visited SUT’s Department of Computer Engineering as well and had a meeting with the professors and officials of this department.

It is worth mentioning that BSC is a prestigious international center which is ranked 13th in the world in 2017.

SUT and ULEAM Sign MoU

In a meeting that was held on October 8, 2017 in Sharif University of Technology, an academic delegation from Ecuador came to Sharif. The delegation consisted of Dr. Miguel Camino Solorzano, Rector of Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro De Manabi (ULEAM), Mr. Guido Zambrano, CEO of ZAMBRANO Group, and several others academicians of Ecuador. Dr. German Ortega, Ambassador of Ecuador, also accompanied this academic delegation. On the other side, Dr. Fotuhi, President of SUT, Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant, and Dr. Ahadian, Vice-Chair of SUT’s Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, played host to the delegation. During the meeting, expansion of collaborations between Sharif and Ecuador’s universities, especially in the field of Nanotechnology, were stressed. Moreover, Dr. Solorzano, invited Dr. Fotuhi to visit Ecuador and ULEAM in the near future.

A Delegation from Macquarie University, Australia Visited Sharif

Implementation of PhD Double Degree Program in the Near Future

September 25, 2017: A meeting was held at International Affairs Office with the presence of Dr. Tanveer Shaheed from Macquarie University, Australia. In the meeting, Dr. Movaghar, Dean of International Affairs Office, Dr. Mehrany, Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies at SUT’s Electrical Engineering Department, and Dr. Massoumian, International Affairs Consultant played host to the delegation.

This meeting was a follow-up to SUT-Macquarie Double Degree PhD Program. As Dr. Mehrany said, the problems have all been resolved and hopefully in the course of a few months, the first cohort of Sharif PhD students will enroll in this program. Following the meeting, Dr. Shaheed told the participants that in the next November, another delegation from Macquarie University, including the Associate Dean of Research, will pay a visit to Sharif University. This delegation is going to give a talk to selected Sharif students about the Double Degree Program and also conduct interviews with several applicants. Other mobility programs between the universities, especially short visits of graduate students were discussed in the meeting. Moreover, research collaboration in health sciences and cyber security were also agreed upon by the parties. At the end, both parties expressed their hope that in the near future collaborations between SUT and Macquarie, both in terms of education and research, will be expanded.

It is worth mentioning that Sharif and Macquarie have already signed an MoU and Dual Degree Program Agreement.