About the department
The standard of living in modern societies is highly indebted to the revolutions brought about by advances in electrical engineering since the 19th century. Generation and distribution of electrical energy, development of electric light, invention of telegraph, telephone, radio, and television; and emergence of the modern computers followed by rapid development of mobile communication systems have radically transformed the daily lives, commerce, and culture of modern human beings. It is nowadays unthinkable to try to meet the challenges faced by the humanity -whether in energy production, environment, or health- without electrical engineering.
The diverse spectrum of applications and problems addressed by electrical engineers makes it impossible to give an all-encompassing definition of their field. Traditionally, electrical engineering has been concerned with the development of devices, circuits, and systems based on the electric charge and its motion. In recent decades, however, a paradigm shift has taken place towards more abstract disciplines. Established fields, such as power engineering, electromagnetics, and electronics are nowadays complemented by information theory, signal processing, and control engineering, as their younger brethren.
The Department of Electrical Engineering of Sharif University of Technology (SUT) was founded in 1967, one year after the establishment of Sharif (then Arya-Mehr) University of Technology, in order to address the technical needs of the Iranian industry. While initially offering an undergraduate program with emphasis on education, the EE department has since evolved into country’s top electrical engineering institute with international-level research and constant influx of the best students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Today, the EE department hosts more than 1000 undergraduate students, 600 graduate students (both MSc and PhD), more than 70 professors.
Admission to the EE department of SUT is very competitive: only those students with highest rankings in annually-held national university entrance exam are allowed to enroll in the undergraduate program. A high percentage of graduates of this department continue their studies at the MSc and PhD levels both inside the country and abroad. Sharif’s EE department is well known for its many notable alumni in the academic world and the industry, both inside and outside the country.
Research activities in the EE department cover diverse areas in Communications, Electronics, Electric Power Engineering, Control Engineering, Digital Systems, and Bio-Electric Engineering. The EE department accommodates 30 research laboratories and three national centers of excellence. Overall it is the mission of the department to encourage and support young researchers to carry out state of the art research, and use its outcome to address the needs of the Iranian industry.