Santa Clara University


Mechanical Engineering Welcomes New Professor


This fall, the Department of Mechanical Engineering welcomes Mohammad Ayoubi as the newest member of the faculty.  Dr. Ayoubi heralds from Virginia Tech, where he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Multidisciplinary Analysis and Design Center for Advanced Vehicles.  He has interests in nonlinear dynamics, control, and optimization. He has published in the areas of analytic dynamics and spacecraft dynamics.

“There is a good opportunity here at Santa Clara working in aeronautics and astronautics,” said Ayoubi; “with neighboring employers such as Lockheed-Martin and NASA, there is a lot of interest in growing one’s career in this field.” His experience serving six years as an aerospace and automotive engineer also serves him well, and Ayoubi sees great prospects for helping students with a wide variety of mechanical applications through the study of dynamics and control.

Prof. Ayoubi plans to create new course offerings and modify existing labs by adding new experiments. “There is great potential for me here at SCU to grow academically, advance my research, and help the Department of Mechanical Engineering and our students,” he said. “I have very high standards for students and being at an institution that values academic excellence is very important for me.”

Dr. Ayoubi earned his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University, and has BS in Mechanical and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Amir Kabir University of Technology and Sharif University of Technology, respectively, in Iran.