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Ayoubi, Mohammad Ali


Dr. Ayoubi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Santa Clara University. He graduated from the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. His general areas of expertise are multibody dynamics, rotordynamics, spaceflight dynamics, intelligent control systems, guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) of aerospace vehicles. His research is focused on spacecraft dynamics and control. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a senior member of the American Astronautical Society (AAS), and a member of the AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee. He is also an Associate Editor of the AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets and the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control.



Ph.D., Aeronautics & Astronautics, Purdue University, 2007
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 1998
B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 1991 


  1. AIAA (San Francisco Section) Leadership Award (2019)
  2. ASME Fellow, 2016
  3. NASA Faculty Fellow, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, Summer 2014.
  4. NASA Faculty Fellow, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, Summer 2013.
  5. Researcher of the Year, School of Engineering, 2012-2013.
  6. Purdue Research Foundation Fellowship, Summer 2006.
  7. Excellence in Teaching Award, Graduate School, Purdue University, 2005-2006.
  8. Magoon Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, School of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Purdue University, 2005-2006.
  9. Magoon Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Freshman Engineering,Purdue University, 2004-2005.

Courses Taught


MECH 140 Dynamics
MECH 141 Mechanical Vibrations
MECH 142 Feedback Control Systems
MECH 155 Astrodynamics

For a list of Undergraduate course descriptions, visit the Course Descriptions page.

MECH 200/201 Advanced Engineering Mathematics I, II
MECH 214/215 Advanced Dynamics I, II
MECH 220/221 Orbital Mechanics I, II
MECH 323/324 Modern Control Systems I, II
MECH 423/424 Nonlinear Systems and Controls I, II
MECH 429/430 Optimal Control I, II
MECH 431 Spacecraft Dynamics and Control I

For a list of Graduate course descriptions, visit the Course Descriptions page.

Special Topics in Dynamics and Control:

Dynamics and Control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

Ayoubi, Mohammad

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering


  • Mohammad Ayoubi Named ASME Fellow

    Mohammad Ayoubi, associate professor of mechanical engineering has been named an ASME Fellow in recognition of his significant engineering achievements in dynamics and control of aerospace vehicles, curriculum development, and service to his professional society.