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 an advisor and instructor in the Engineering Technology Dept. at Lawrence Tech. For 25 years, he has taught and advised students in the evening programs while working in industry.
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 a sport car enthusiast and has owned 19 Mustangs since 1965, including a supercharged Cobra.
Dr. Sabah Abro
Director of Focus Hope Programs/Professor
Dr. Abro is an internationally educated Faculty member. He studied at the University of Baghdad to earn a Bachelor degree in Statistics. He holds a graduate diploma from the United Nation’s supported institute of Planning in the Middle East. He went to the University of Wales (University College of Swansea) in the UK for his Masters Degree in Statistics and to Belgium where he was granted a Ph.D in applied Mathematics from the Universite Catholique De Louvain.
He also has international academic experience, he held the position of assistant Professor at Al Mustansiria University in Baghdad, work as a regional expert for the United Nation’s supported Arab institute of Statistics, a position that allowed him to teach in several countries of the Middle East.
Before he joined LTU he served as a Math Program Leader at Focus: HOPE where he was leading the effort of a team from LTU, UDM and WSU to design the math program for the Greenfield coalition for manufacturing engineering education. Dr. Abro also served as an adjunct Faculty at LTU, UDM, WSU and Oakland Community College.
He is also involved in community services, where he led a verity of Educational activities through the Chaldean Federation of America. Dr. Abro is the Founder and the current president of the Mesopotamian American Graduate Association (MAGA).
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 utilization of e-learning in 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 aught Engineering Materials, Engineering Mechanics, Strength of Materials and Senior Projects. She has chaired the Engineering Faculty Council, 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.