Shammah started writing open source software at the age of 12. He pursued a degree in computational physics at the University of Nevada, Reno graduating with highest honors. Immediately following college he taught Enlisted Nuclear Physics at the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. He returned to his home state of California to pursue a career in software engineering, and has focused on software container orchestration. His hobbies are continuous learning, physical fitness, and open source software development.