In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Sharif University of Technology
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Professor Ali Meghdari received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1987. He then joined the robotics group of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as a Post-Doctoral research collaborator. In 1988, he accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology (SUT) in Tehran, and in 1997, he achieved the rank of Full-Professor. During 1996-1999, he chaired the Department of Mechanical Engineering at SUT. During 1993-94, he was a visiting research faculty at the AHMCT center of the University of California-Davis, and from 1999-2000 he served the IBDMS research centre at the Colorado School of Mines, and the Rocky Mountain Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory (RMMRL) as a visiting research professor. Ali Meghdari has performed extensive research in the areas of social and cognitive robotics, mechatronics, and modelling of  biomechanical systems. He has supervised over 100 M.Sc. Theses and 25 Ph.D. Dissertations, 5 Post-Docs and has published over 300 technical papers in international journals and conferences. He has been the recipient of various awards, the latest being: the 2012 Allameh Tabatabaei Distinguished Professorship Award by the National Elites Foundation of Iran (BMN), the 2001 Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Professorship Award from the Ministry of Science, Research & Technology (MSRT) in Iran, and the 1997 ISESCO Award in Technology from Morocco. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since 2001. From 2001-2010, he served as the Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Sharif University of Technology, and he had a key role on the establishment of SUT's International Campus in Kish Island. He was the founder and Director of the Languages and Linguistics center (LLC) in SUT from 2009-2012. From 2013-2015 he served as the Dean of Center for Faculty Hiring and Promotions at the Islamic Azad University (IAU). From 2015-2018 he was the General Director for Office of Education, Research, and Technology (Ministry of Energy, M.o.E). He was the Founder and Director of the Center of Excellence in Design, Robotics and Automation (CEDRA) from 2000-2020. He is on the editorial board of various engineering journals, Special Issue Editor for Socio-Cognitive Engineering (SCE) and Engineering Education Research (EER) journals of Springer (SNAS). Since 2005 he has been elected as an affiliate member of the Iranian Academy of Sciences (IAS). In 2018, he proposed and successfully received approval from MSRT and Islamic Azad University (IAU) to establish the 1st university in Iran and the Middle-East (IAU-Freshtegan International Branch) to serve students with special needs, primarily the deaf and blind. As of September 2020, he eagerly decided to retire from SUT and take the honorable title of Emeritus Professor.