Firas El-Hamed

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Profile

I'm a Software Enthusiast


About me

I love tackling the challenges and problems that come with technology. New technology is meant to improve lives and create new possibilities. Modern Cloud architecture is my passion and I have honed my skills through working in multiple data centers. My avocation involves dabbling in web developement, automation, android, and cryptocurrency.

Firas El-Hamed

Details

Name:
Firas El-Hamed
Age:
25 years
Location:
Toronto, Canada, Earth

Experience

“Protons give an atom its identity, electrons its personality.”
- Bill Bryson, A short history of nearly everything


Career

Stromcore

Mar 2016 - Present

Technical Specialist As a Technical Specialist I monitor the 24x7 data center operations which contains UNIX/Linux/Windows VMs, Citrix/Xenapp Applications, Storage, and Networks. In the production environment it is critical to be adaptable, have problem solving, analytical thinking, and time management skills. Some tools that I use are: AIX/RHEL/Debian, Bash/Korn, SQLPlus/mySQL/NoSQL, Python(flask, bs), PHP, JS(JQuery, React), Apache/Nginx, Tuxedo, and C/C++. Toronto, Ontario

MeetStreetInc.

Apr 2015 - Sept 2015

Software Engineer At MeetStreet I utilized my versatility in many tools such as Wordpress, RTMP/HLS Streaming, Apache and Nginx on several varieties of Linux. Clients loved the custom and responsive pages for their live events. Python was utilized for web scraping and MySQL for data storage. Mississauga, Ontario

Petroleum Institute

Jan 2013 - Apr 2013

Product Development Engineer Conducted simulations for a MIT (Magnetic Induction Tomography) device to detect pipeline contamination. The project budget was $20M and the proposal was presented to the Chair of R&D. The simulations were done using COMSOL, MATLAB, FEM, SolidWorks, and EagleCAD. Abu Dhabi, UAE | http://www.pi.ac.ae/

eHealth Ontario

Sept 2011 - Apr 2012

Feb 2015 - Apr 2015

Technical Support Analyst During my 10 months at eHealth I handled Change Management and Incident Management tasks in a professional manner. I had the pleasure of provisioning UfT's OneMail servers and implementation of ERP solutions. I had also managed a team of 4 students and created SQL queries for information optimization. Hardware Maintenance: including power grid optimization, deployment, break fix and move/add/change for servers, network equipment, and other devices. Markham, Ontario | https://ehealthontario.on.ca/

Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology

Jan 2011 - Apr 2011

Reseach Assistant I was tasked with developing a novel drug delivery mechanism involving stimuli-responsive release of gold nanoparticles and liposomes. I independently created experimental design involving free radical polymerization, UV-Vis and gel electrophoresis in order to fully characterize hydrogels and stimuli-responsive release mechanism.
Publication: El-Hamed, Firas, Neeshma Dave, and Juewen Liu. "Stimuli-responsive Releasing of Gold Nanoparticles and Liposomes from Aptamer-functionalized Hydrogels." Nanotechnology 22.49 (2011).
Waterloo, Ontario | https://uwaterloo.ca/institute-nanotechnology/

Nanometrics Inc.

May 2010 - Aug 2010

Product Verification Engineer Demonstrated hardware and software product functionality to potential and existing clients. Developed data acquisition, management, and reporting systems with daily reliable automated updates, received by senior administration members and key stakeholders. Increased validation efficiency 25% by writing automation scripts using Pearl and Matlab. Setup of Libra VSAT seismic data acquisition network comprising of satellites, seismometers, digitizers, and data processing. Kanata, Ontario | http://www.nanometrics.ca/


Education

University of Waterloo

Sept 2009 - Apr 2014

BASc. Honors Nanotechnology Engineering (3.9GPA) President’s Scholarship, University of Waterloo, Aug. 2009 (entrance > 90%)
Dean's Honours List
Waterloo, Ontario | Nanotechnology Engineering

Abilities

“Life without knowledge is death in disguise.”
- Talib Kweli


Skills

  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • SQL 12c
  • PHP
  • Apache
  • Nginx
  • JavaScript
  • Debian/RHEL
  • WordPress
  • Python
  • Java
  • C++
  • UNIX
  • Command Line
  • Tuxedo
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Citrix
  • VM Ware
  • Active Directory
  • Android
  • COMSOL
  • Matlab
  • IBM/Mainframe
  • SolidWorks

Languages

  • Turkish
  • Arabic

Tools

  • Ubuntu/CentOS (6 years)
  • Putty/SSH (6 years)
  • Windows (10+years)
  • MS Office (10+years)
  • Notepad++ (5 years)
  • FTP/SFTP (6 years)
  • Git (2 years)
  • Chrome/Firefox (5 years)

Projects

“You can do anything you set your mind to.”
- Benjamin Franklin


NanoLite

NanoLite Technology

The ideal shirt that integrates heat management, moisture management and antibacterial properties. Moisture on your skin is wicked away through tiny channels in the shirt.

Tags:
Nanotechnology, Smart Shirt, Functional Polymer

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GoldNP

Stimuli-Responsive Drug Release

Our work demonstrates that aptamers can be used to control the release of drugs within the therapeutic window.

Tags:
Aptamer, Drug Release, Nanoparticles

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Contact

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- Henry Ford



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