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
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.