52 Invited, Conference or Scholarly Paper Presentations
30 Patents or Trademarks
10 Professional Societies
6 National or Regional Awards
Kenneth J. Cook, P.E., CCE
Kenneth J. Cook is chair of the Department of Engineering Technology a long-time engineering executive and an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University since 1965. Professor Cook brings to the department years of experience in engineering design, engineering management, and technical marketing. His enthusiasm for teaching, varied industrial contacts, and seeing the success of our students makes him unique in this position.
Earlier career positions with William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, where he started the clinical engineering group in the medical physics and engineering department. Ken was advanced technology center manager for GTE/Valenite, and most recently executive vice president and chief engineer for Vultron/Trans Industries.
For the past 41 years, he has concurrently taught in Lawrence Tech evening programs. His popular senior projects class, the capstone class in which students conceive research, design, manufacture, and assess the market for inventive products, has helped several students earn their own patents and sell their inventions commercially.
Cook is a registered professional engineer, a certified clinical engineer, and holds some 25 patents of his own. He holds degrees from or attended DeVry Technical Institute, Lawrence Technological Univeristy, Wayne State University, and Oakland University.
Cook also has enjoyed a long side career in magic and has performed in some 35 countries and all but one state, finding his hobby very useful to sales and teaching. A highlight for his students each year is the two-hour magic performance he offers as a congratulatory send-off for them and their guests.
Jerry Cuper is a professor and advisor in the Engineering Technology Dept. at Lawrence Tech. Since 1978, he has taught and advised students in the evening programs while working in industry. Jerry joined the department full time in 2006.
His varied industrial experience lends itself to advising and mentoring Engineering Technology students. Cuper worked for over 30 years at Ford Motor Co. in engineering design, engineering management, product planning, testing and development. Prior to Ford, he worked in design shops and completed an apprenticeship program. He has designed special machines, transfer line mechanisms, gages and checking fixtures used in automotive production.
Cuper’s passion, enthusiasm, and personalized attention help students to learn and meet their goals. He is always willing and available to assist in meeting the student needs.
He holds degrees in Master of Business, Bachelor of Science, and in Technology. He obtained these degrees in the evening while working full time. He understands the effort and perseverance required for students to complete their degrees.
Cuper is involved in many activities outside of LTU, including homeowner's association, church, and volunteer services.
Jerry is a sport car enthusiast and has owned or leased 22 Mustangs since 1965, including a supercharged Cobra. He is currently driving a 2015 triple yellow Mustang GT Fastback.
Dr. Sabah Abro
Professor and MSET Program Director
Dr. Abro was born and grew up in Baghdad; his family migrated to the US in the late sixties.
Sabah is an internationally-educated person with a bachelor degree from Baghdad University, a Master’s Degree from the United Nations institute in the Middle East, a Master’s degree from Britain and a Ph.D. from Belgium. His education helped him to learn four languages, Arabic, English, French and Chaldean.
His family is also international. While he and his wife Ann are from Baghdad, their daughter Hadeel was born in Britain, their son Fadi was born in Belgium, Mark, their son- in- law, in Mosul and their grandchildren in Michigan.
Dr. Abro taught in Iraq, Jordan and was also a visiting lecturer in Kuwait and Morocco. He assumed different positions such as faculty, regional consultant, chair of department and acting Dean.
Before joining LTU, he was the Math Program Director of Focus: HOPE where he worked with the curriculum committee of the Greenfield Coalition. This committee designed a complete paradigm in manufacturing engineering education. Courses were developed and delivered at Focus: HOPE by three university partners.
Sabah came to Lawrence Tech as an adjunct faculty member in 1997, then became a full time faculty member in 2000. He served two departments: Math & Computer Science and Engineering Technology.
As a full time faculty at LTU, he teaches a variety of classes, advises students, works on curriculum improvement, course development, writes professional papers and presents in conferences. He is the Director of the Master’s program in Engineering Technology, teaches courses for Doctorate students and is a member of several Doctorate Committees in the College of Engineering.
Dr. Abro serves as Director of the University Assessment Committee and the Vice Chair of the Engineering Faculty Council.
Winner of 2012 faculty of the year award at Lawrence Technological University.
Nominated for Teaching Excellence and Using Technology in Classroom Awards.
His hobbies are many, but his addictions are to play racquet ball and watch movies, where he has special interest in classical western and action movies.
Dr. Patricia Shamamy, P. E.
Professor of Engineering
Patricia joined the faculty of Lawrence Technological University in 1977. Her academic interests include engineering materials, advanced applications of materials, and lean engineering. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Saint Joseph College in Connecticut, a Master of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a Ph. D. in the Management of Engineering and Technology from Southern California University. She is a Licensed Professional Engineer (Michigan) and is CEO of her own engineering consulting company.
At LTU, Dr. Shamamy has taught Engineering Materials, Advanced Materials, Engineering Mechanics, Strength of Materials, Engineering Economics, Manufacturing Processes, Lean Manufacturing, Project Management, and Senior Projects. She has served on several doctoral committees, chaired the Engineering Faculty Council, and has served on the University Strategic Planning Committee, on the Teaching Excellence Committee, and the University Honors Committee. Additionally, Dr. Shamamy has developed and led many engineering career guidance programs for high school women and for Junior and Cadet Girl Scouts.
Dr. Shamamy’s contributions to industry include her work in alloy development for nuclear-powered aircraft at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, fuel cell research with United Technologies, tantalum capacitor development at P. R. Mallory and Company, manufacturing optimization at Daimler-Chrysler, and agile manufacturing at General Motors. She has also served as a consultant to a number of small local engineering firms. Her publications include numerous engineering consulting reports, an Engineering Materials Lab Manual, and peer-reviewed materials science, engineering education, and e-learning papers. She recently spent six weeks in China teaching Engineering Materials at Shanghai University for Engineering Sciences.
She is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Women Engineers, and the American Association of University Women. She is the founder of the LTU Student Section of the Society of Women Engineers and currently serves as its Faculty Advisor.
She served as President of the Detroit Section of the Society of Women Engineers and was also elected to serve on the national Board of Directors of the Society of Women Engineers. She has been appointed to national committees by both the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Education. She has received an Engineering Society of Detroit award for significant contributions to engineering education and has received the national Distinguished Service Award by the Society of Women Engineers. Dr. Shamamy has also been elected to SWE’s College of Fellows. Her alma mater, St. Joseph College, recently presented her with the Distinguished Alumna Award.