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Mehdi Majidpour

Research Deputy

Department of Management, Science and Technology
Amirkabir University of Technology,

Tehran, Iran.

Research Interests

  • Technological Catch-up
  • Industrial and Development policy
  • International Technology Transfer
  • Energy Policy
  • Area Studies (Iran, South Korea, India, China, other developing countries)

Education

  • PhD in Science and Technology Policy Studies, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK, Feb 2011. (Ranked 1st Europe’s and 2nd World’s top institution in innovation management and policy studies).
  • M.Sc. Taught Program: Technology & Innovation Management, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK (2006).
  • M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran-Iran (Mar 2002).
  • B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran-Iran (Sep 1999), (Top Student).

Honors and Rewards

  • Selected as one of 30th scientist by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Science Tour 2016: “City of the Future – Research for Sustainable Urban Development“. 31 Jan. – 6th Feb. 2016.
  • First Holder of PhD in Science & Technology Policy in Iran.
  • Honored and awarded as the outstanding researcher, Institute for International Energy Institute, Tehran, Iran (2013).
  • Honored and rewarded by the World Bank Institute and the Korean Development Institute (KDI), (November 2013), Frontiers in Development Policy.
  • Evaluated and ranked as the top 2% faculty members (total 709) in Amirkabir University of Technology (2012).
  • Honored and rewarded by the Korean Development Institute (KDI) and the World Bank, (October 2012), High-level Knowledge Forum, Expanding Frontiers in Development Policy under Korea’s Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP).
  • Honored and rewarded as the best M.Sc Project, Sponsored by IKCO, Top Score, (100 of 100). (2002).
  • Ranked and rewarded as the 1st amongst Mechanical Eng. Students, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amir-Kabir University of Technology, (1996-1998).

Teaching

PhD Courses:

  • International Technology Transfer, PhD Course in Science & Technology Policy, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, (2016).
  • Technology & Innovation Management, PhD Course in Science & Technology Policy, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, (2015).
  • Technology Management, PhD Course in Information Technology Management, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, (2014).
  • Technology & Knowledge Transfer, PhD Course in Science & Technology Policy, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, (2013).
  • Science & Technology Policy, PhD Course in Future Studies, AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2012).
  • Technology & Knowledge Transfer, PhD Course in Science & Technology Policy, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, (2012).

MSC Courses:

  • Principles of Contract Management and Commercial Negotiation, MBA Course, Department of Management, Science & Technology, AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2016).
  • International Technology Transfer, MBA Course, Department of Management, Science & Technology, AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2016).
  • Business Research Methods, MBA Course, AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2016).
  • Technology & Innovation Management, MBA Course, Department of Management, Science & Technology, AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2015).
  • International Technology Transfer, MSc Course in Project Management, Department of Management, Science & Technology, AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2015).
  • Technology & Innovation Management, MBA Course, International Section of AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2014).
  • Research Methods in Management, MSc Course in Information Technology Management, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, (2014).
  • Business Research Methods, MBA Course, International Section of AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2013).
  • International Technology Transfer, MSc Course in Future Studies, AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2012).
  • Business Research Methods, MBA Course, AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2012).
  • Seminar & Research Method, MSc Course in Future Studies, AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2011).
  • Energy and Climate Change Policy, MSc Course, Sussex Energy Group, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK, (2010).
  • Energy Policy, MSc Course, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK, (2009).

 

PhD Students (supervise & advisor for):

  • Ali Saber: Technological catch-up in biotechnology pharmaceutical sector, Science & Technology Policy.
  • Arman Khaledi: collaboration between large and SMEs, Science & Technology Policy.
  • Leila Namdarian: Designing a model to evaluate the impact of science, technology and innovation (STI) foresight, Graduated in 2014.
  • Ammar Ali: Presenting a framework for assessing the impact of technology transfer institutions on technological learning: the case study of Syrian’s textile sector, in progress.
  • Jalil Gharibi: developing a Public Private Partnership framework for technological innovation diffusion in developing countries: case study of Iran, in progress.
  • Mohammad Ali Farhang Nejad: A Framework to Analyze Influencing Factors in Nano Patenting in Iranian Universities, in progress.

MSc Students (Supervised for):

  • Reza Keyvan: Evaluation of Technology Transfer in Renault-Pars JV Project
  • Hadi JozGhorbani: Evaluation of Technology Transfer in South-Pars Mega Projects: Phase 2 & 3
  • Shiva Chegini: Policy Implementation Barriers in Iran’s Science and Technology Documents
  • Armin Rohani: Evaluation of Technology Transfer in EF7 Project
  • Nafiseh Aghlaghi: E-Business of Home Appliances in Iran
  • Alireza Zandi: Analysis of Financing Contracts between Iran and Russia

Major Career

  • Research Deputy, Department of Management, Science and Technology, AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2015-2016).
  • Associate Professor, Department of Management, Science and Technology, AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2012-2015).
  • General Director, Office of Science & Technology Policies Evaluation, Secretary of Iran’s Cultural Revolution, (2013-2015).
  • Head of Technology Management Group in Iran’s national 150-passenger aircraft, a mega-project sponsored by Ministry of Science, Research & Technology, (2013-2015).
  • Head of Energy Policy Group, Research Institute for Science, Technology and Industrial Policy, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2011-2013).
  • Management Consultant in Gas Turbine Roadmap, a national project sponsored by Ministry of Science, Research & Technology, (2011).
  • R&D Consultant, MAPNA Turbine Blade Manufacturing Co. (PARTO), (2009-2010).
  • Engine parts team leader on Iran’s National Engine Project: Iran-Khodro Power train Co. & FEV GmbH, This was a R&D collaboration project between German automotive companies and the companies in Iran’s Automotive Industry, (2003-2006).
  • Senior Engineer in Design and Benchmarking of automotive parts, Iran-Khodro Powertrain Co. (2000-2003).
  • Sale Representative of SafeTechnology Co, (from the U.K.) in Iran and the Middle East, (2000-2002).

International Work Experience

  • Science Tour 2016, Germany: visiting & interacting with renowned German research institutes and universities such as Fraunhofer, RWTH Aachen, Wuppertal Institutue and BMW Group. 31 Jan-6 Feb 2016.
  • Consultant appointment to the staff of the World Bank, Frontiers in Development Policy, sponsored by World Bank Institute and run by the Korean Development Institute (KDI), (2013). A Workshop held for a wide range of participants from developing countries, The Shilla Hotel, Seoul.
  • Working in Sussex Energy Group (SEG) (2008 – 2011). SEG is one of the leader groups in the UK in energy, climate change and sustainability policy studies. I contributed in MSc course development and tutoring in this group. I was tutoring energy policy course in 2010 and energy and climate change policy in 2011. Also, I, as a researcher, engaged in international projects in the field of energy such as analyzing different countries’ national energy policies as well as analyzing their energy efficiency policies.
  • From 2004 to 2006 I stayed in Germany and worked with FEV GmbH. It was a bi-lateral project between German and Iranian companies for developing a new gas-fueled engine which is more environmental friendliness than petrol-fueled engines. I was responsible for the development of new technologies as well as transferring the technologies to the Iranian companies. In this project the Iranian suppliers collaborated with the European companies under joint-venture or licensing schemes. This was a great opportunity to visit many industrial companies and to engage in the technical as well as managerial challenges and issues.
  • Multiversity Program, Albukhary University, Malaysia, 2012.

Research Projects

  • Project Manager, Technology Annex for Mega-Projects in Iran’s Post-Sanction Period, Ministry of Science, Research & Technology (2015).
  • Project Manager, Technology Annex for Mega-Projects in Tehran Municipality Projects (2016-2017).
  • Project Manager, Biofuel Roadmap for Iran, Institute for International Energy Studies, Ministry of Petroleum, Tehran, Iran, (2013).
  • Project Manager, Biofuel policy analysis: a comparative study, Research Institute for Science, Technology and Industrial Policy, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2012).
  • Project Manager, Developing Science, Technology & Innovation Indicators for Evaluation of National Policies, Office of Science & Technology Policies Evaluation, Secretary of Iran’s Cultural Revolution (2012).
  • Project Manager, Energy policy framework: goals, dimensions and challenges, Research Institute for Science, Technology and Industrial Policy, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, (2012).
  • Responsible for Energy Efficiency Module, Energy Sustainability Policy Research Project, Project sponsored by The Oliver Wyman Company. Sussex Energy Group, SPRU, University of Sussex, UK, (2011).
  • Consultancy researcher, Sussex Energy Group, SPRU, University of Sussex, The Project for Energy Sustainability Policy Analysis, (2010).

Publications

  • Majidpour, M. (2016) , “Technological catch-up in complex product systems” , Journal of Engineering & Technology Management , 41(3) , PP.92 _ 105 , 20.
  • Majidpour, M. (2016) , “International technology transfer and the dynamics of complementarity” , Technological Forecasting & Social Change.
  • Alizadeh, R., Majidpour, M. and Maknoon, R., and Kaleibari, S.S. (2016),”Clean development mechanism in Iran: does it need a revival?”, International Journal of Global Warming , Vol.10(1), PP.196 _ 215.
  • Alizadeh, R., Majidpour, M. and Maknoon, R., and Salimi, J. (2016), “Iranian Energy and Climate Policies Adaptation to the Kyoto Protocol” , International Journal of Environmental Research , Vol.9(3), PP.853 _ 864.
  • Hassanzade, A., Namdarian, L., Majidpour, M. and Elahi, S. (2015) Developing a model to evaluate the impacts of science, technology and innovation foresight on policy-making. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management. ISSN 0953-7325.
  • Hassanzadeh, A., Namdarian, L, Elahi, S. and Majidpour, M. (2014) Impact of technology foresight on the policy-making process in Iran. Science Technology and Society, 19 (3). pp. 275-304. ISSN 0971-7218.
  • Majidpour, M. (2013), “The Unintended Consequences of US-led Sanctions on Iranian Industries” Iranian Studies, Volume: 46, Issue: 01, pages 1 – 15 (one of most read articles in the journal website).
  • Majidpour, M. (2012), “Heavy Duty Gas Turbines in Iran, India and China: Do National Energy Policies Drive the Industries?”, Energy Policy, Vol. 41, Feb. 2012, pp. 723–732
  • Alizadeh, R., Majidpour, M., Maknoon, R., Salimi, J. (2015) Iranian energy and climate policies adaptation to the Kyoto Protocol, International Journal of Environmental Research, Accepted for publication.
  • Alizadeh, R., Majidpour, M.,Maknoon, R., and Kaleibari, S.S., (2015). Clean development mechanism in Iran: does it need a revival? International Journal of Global Warming, Accepted for publication.
  • Majidpour, M. (2012), “Externalities in North-South Technology Transfer: The Case of CNG Engines in Iran.” World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development., Vol. 9, No. 1, pp.1-14.
  • Majidpour, M. (2013), “Promoting Industrial Competitiveness in Complex Product Systems: Iran Industrial Policy Case Study” Frontiers in Development Policy: Case Study Book, November 21 – 22, 2013, Seoul Korea.
  • Majidpour, M.(2012), “Governmental Policies and the CoPS Development: The Case of Gas Turbine Industry in Iran”, High-level knowledge forum, Oct. 15-16, 2012, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Majidpour, M. (2012), “A Detailed analysis of the Oligopolistic Market for Land-based Gas Turbine Industry”, Asia Pacific Innovation Conference (APIC 2012), October 13-14 2012, Seoul National University.
  • Shamsavari and M.Majidpour, (2008), “Innovation in Technology Transfer: Host-Oriented Strategic R&D Alliance”, Economic discussion paper, Kingston University, London.
  • Majidpour, (2007), “How might the level of innovation system differ within cross-borders?‘Evidence from Catching-up Process’ ”, The 5th International Symposium on Management of Technology, (ISMOT’07), June. 1-3, 2007 Zhejiang University,   Hangzhou City,   P.R. China
  • Majidpour, (2007), “Tools Application for Innovation Management within Iranian National Engine Project”, ISPIM 2007, “Innovation for Growth: The Challenges for East & West”, June. 17-20, 2007, Warsaw, Poland.
  • Zali, M.Majidpour, A.Sahraeian and M.Mirsalim, (2005), ” Design of the New Iran National Engine-A balance between challenging demands of performance, cost and environmental friendliness, 4th International Conference on Internal Combustion Engine, 16th and 17th NOV, 2005.
  • Majidpour, M.Shakeri and M.Akhlaghi (2002), “Quasi-Dynamic Stress Analysis of Connecting Rod and Cyclic Load Histories Generation.” Engineering Conference Design 9th-11th July 2002. King’s College London.

Referee work for:

Research Policy (the top rank journal in policy studies): http://www.journals.elsevier.com/research-policy/

Technological Forecasting and Social Change (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/technological-forecasting-and-social-change)

Science & Technology Policy (Iranian Journal): http://nrisp.ac.ir.servercms3.com/index.aspx?fkeyid=&siteid=1&fkeyid=&siteid=1&pageid=254


Key Professional Activities on Development Policies

Developing and implementing Iran’s Scientific Master Plan, (Member of the core team), (2012-2013).

World Bank-KDI (Korean Development Institute), High Level Knowledge Forum: Expanding Frontiers in Development Policy, under Korea’s Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP). October 2012.

Developing Iran’s biofuel roadmap, International Institute for Energy Studies, (2012-2013).

Analyzing Iran’s power plant industry evolution and contrasting with other developing countries, project sponsored by MAPNA Group, 2010-2012.


Consulting and/or Policy Reports

Urban Management & Energy, a managerial report to Tehran Mayor, Jan. 2013.

Technology transfer: mechanisms and future challenges, The national project sponsored by Ministry of Science, Research & Technology, Nov. 2012.

Knowledge mapping in land-based gas turbines, The national project sponsored by Ministry of Science, Research & Technology, Nov. 2012.

Energy efficiency – How are countries looking to manage final consumption of energy in terms of energy efficiency? Sustainable energy policies 2011 Project, A Report to Oliver Wyman, SPRU, University of Sussex, 2011.


Languages

English (fluent), Turkish (fluent), Arabic (Good reading), Farsi (native language).


Lived & Visited Countries

Germany, UK, Netherland, Austria, France, Belgium, Turkey, South-Korea, Malaysia, Dubai.