Mohammad R. Aref was born in city of Yazd in Iran in 1951. He received his B.Sc. in 1975 from University of Tehran, his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in 1976 and 1980, respectively, from Stanford University, all in Electrical Engineering.

He returned to Iran in 1980 and was actively engaged in academic and political affairs. He was a faculty member of Isfahan University of Technology from 1982 to 1995; He has been a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology since 1995 and has published more than 290 technical papers in Communication and Information Theory and Cryptography in international journals and conferences proceedings.

At the same time, during his academic activities, he has been involved in different political positions .First Vice President of I.R.Iran, Vice President of I.R.Iran and Head of Management and Planing Organization, Minister of ICT of I.R.Iran and Chancellor of University of Tehran , are the most recent ones. You can find more detail information regarding his academic and political background in Academic Activities and Political Activities links.