Dr. Irene Samy

Associate Professor


Dr. Irene Samy is an Associate Professor, Industrial and Service Engineering and Management department, Nile University Cairo, Egypt. Her Ph.D. thesis project was in developing novel polymer composites membranes for industrial applications such as food packaging. She earned her Ph.D. and Master's from the American University in Cairo; and her Master’s thesis project was in developing natural fiber (rice straw) reinforced composites.

Irene has several scientific publications related to the investigation of Natural Fiber Reinforced Polymers, reinforcement of Plastic Waste with Treated Natural Fibers, and characterization of natural polymeric nanocomposites. Irene has experience in using several software applications including Comsol, Design Expert software for optimization of the experiment parameters, Minitab for statistics, Image J analysis software for image analysis and Abaqus for finite elements analysis. Irene participated in Fulbright Junior Faculty program for renewable energy, 2016 and participated in the Entrepreneurship and leadership Program, 1000Women, Goldman Sachs, 2016. She got Newton Mosharfa institutional link award for two years in collaboration with Nottingham University, UK. for manufacturing plastic bags from natural materials where she got acknowledged by Mr. President El-SISI for her work at the 3rd national youth conference in Ismailia, April 2017.  Irene is interested in studying the sustainability concept and she was a co-author of a book entitled "Sustainability and Innovation", AUC press, 2015. Irene is a volunteer in IEEE Smart Village committee and an active member of the organizing committee for IEEE Conferences such as IEEE Power Africa 2017, where Irene plans to extend the IEEE smart village committee in Egypt to supply solar electricity in poor villages.

Research interests:

  • The integrated sustainable waste management model for agriculture waste in Egypt.
  • Produce plastic utensils (plates- forks -boxes) from PLA produced from agricultural cotton waste, and food waste.
  • Wastewater treatment by agricultural waste.
  • Producing green corrosion inhibitors from agricultural waste.
  • Usage of agricultural waste in insulation.
  • Recyclying shrimp waste to produce plastic bags and active packages for food.