Shamaya Morris
Production Engineering Specialist
Toyota

“I am passionate about manufacturing because of the possibilities! It’s amazing to work in an industry that is ever-expanding, constantly changing and filled with so many opportunities.  I love the industry I work in and am so excited about its future.”

After beginning her Toyota journey as a co-op in 2014, Shamaya advanced to Production Engineering Specialist in 2016. Her ability to manage various projects under multiple deadlines, while providing competent support, has proven invaluable to the company. For example, as the lead Production Engineer for the $43M 8-speed Direct Automatic Transmission (DAT2) High Torque model project, Shamaya installed $3.2M in auxiliary equipment for the DAT2 Assembly production line. Through this effort, Shamaya played a key role in implementing processes and setting standards for team members. By delivering the next generation of technology to realize direct response driving and lower vehicle fuel requirements, the DAT2 project has had an outstanding impact on Toyota’s customer satisfaction.

Shamaya is a servant leader who has guided many through both professional and personal mentorship. By leading recruiting, sponsorship and coaching for the West Virginia Institute of Technology STEM Summer Academy for Girls, she has introduced girls from all economic and social background to STEM fields. Through various efforts to support the initiative, Shamaya has created a fun and engaging learning environment for more than 60 girls. Shamaya has also been involved with the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, which is an alliance-based group that supports underrepresented students in STEM. 

Shamaya is highly engaged with her local community at Toyota and beyond. As Finance Chair of the African American Collaboration (AAC), she serves as an advocate through a variety of STEM and minority-based activities like the NAACP Annual Event, Marshall University Diversity & Inclusion event and Multifest. As an avid supporter of her alma mater, Shamaya contributed to West Virginia University’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” event and served as a graduate assistant for the West Virginia Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In addition, Shamaya has made a difference in the lives of others by volunteering with the Ruby Memorial Hospital’s Child Development Center.  

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