Volunteer Profile: Amin Ayoub (DEN ‘92)
March 15, 2020
The NYU Alumni Association (NYUAA) represents all NYU alumni, from every NYU school and department—a community more than half a million strong. The diverse and active NYUAA Board of Directors is made up of alumni volunteers who steer the Association in their mission to engage and support alumni. Amin Ayoub (DEN ‘92) is a second-year board member and the immediate past president of the College of Dentistry Alumni Association. In addition to his private dental practice in New Jersey, Amin is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at NYU.
What is your favorite:
- Food? I grew up in Egypt, so for sure I like Middle Eastern Food. I also enjoy authentic cuisines from all over the world.
- Book? My favorite book is the Bible.
- TV Show and/or Movie? I enjoy game shows, but my favorite is Jeopardy.
- Song and/or Musical Artist? I like U2 because of their on- and their off-stage work.
- Way to spend a Saturday? I often work on Saturdays, so usually it is a Friday night. I enjoy going out with my colleagues and friends from NYU College of Dentistry, we usually go to dinner and sometimes we do fun activities together.
- Place to travel? I travel to Egypt annually. Aside from visiting family and friends, I enjoy going to see historical sites—not only the famous sites, like the pyramids, but also less known and very uniquely historical sites. A few memorable sites include the Ancient Religious Complex in Old Cairo, which I visited this past November which hosts the oldest mosque and synagogue in Egypt, and seven ancient churches from the 5th and 6th Centuries—all located in less than a square mile area. There’s also the ancient and historical St. Anthony Monastery, the first monastery in the world, and many other sites!
- Place on the NYU campus? The Faculty Lounge at the Dental School.
- What is your favorite memory from your time at NYU?
My Graduation Day with the Class of 1992 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.
Why do you stay involved with NYU?
I consider NYU to be my second home. I came to NYU as an international student and I was offered a full-time teaching position. I volunteered to serve on the NYU Dentistry Alumni Association years ago and recently completed a two-year term as President (2018–2020).
Why do you give back to NYU?
As I mentioned, NYU is like my second home. I truly enjoy teaching and mentoring the next generation of dentists. I’m also honored to represent Dentistry on the NYU Alumni Association Board, which helps to facilitate interprofessional collaboration.
What's been your toughest challenge serving as the College of Dentistry President?
Two years goes by quickly! As president, it was difficult to devote enough time for all the new ideas I had while also managing a busy private practice and teaching.
Did you have any NYU classes or instructors who inspired or impacted you?
Yes, the former Vice Dean of NYU College of Dentistry, Stuart Hirsch (DEN ’71) was my mentor. He encouraged me to get involved with the Alumni Association and give back to my alma mater. Coming full circle, I am proud to have become a mentor myself and to have shared the stage with him as the Alumni Association President at the past two Dentistry Graduation ceremonies.