Samah Ben Ayed has been teaching engineering students since fall 2015 in both the Mechanical and Aerospace and Engineering Technology and Surveying departments. This semester, Ben Ayed will serve as assistant professor in the ETSE department. She will teach fluid and thermal sciences-related courses.
Her drive to be an assistant professor was the initial impetus for her to come to New Mexico State University, but she was also drawn to explore the Western region of the U.S. Having been here for two years, she said, “I enjoy most the friendly environment of my colleagues and my students. It is a very caring community.”
Ben Ayed earned a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, and joined the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathematics at the same institution as a postdoctoral researcher. Her research interests are in fluid dynamics and reduced order modeling applied to HVAC systems, wind turbines and biomimetics.
Outside of the academic environment, Ben Ayed enjoys socializing with friends and relatives. “I also enjoy traveling and discovering other places,” she said. A former Spanish speaker, she hopes to take classes to revive her Spanish speaking ability.