Firas El-Hamed

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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. My avocation is to transform the idea of utopian technology into a reality. I am especially interested in machine learning, automation, cryptocurrency, and AI.

Firas El-Hamed


Firas El-Hamed
25 years
Toronto, Canada, Earth


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


Canadian Tire Corp

Mar 2016 - Present

Enterprise Technical Specialist As an Enterprise Technical Specialist I monitor the 24x7 data center operations with Intel servers, Mainframes, Citrix Applications, UNIX VMs, 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: UNIX/LINUX Shell scripts, SQL, ESP, TWS, TSO, SAS, REXX, Net Master, CISCO, IBM Tivoli OMNIbus, Citrix, Tuxedo, C, C++, and Java. 8550 Goreway Dr. Brampton |


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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |


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


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


  • 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
  • Matlab
  • IBM/Mainframe
  • SolidWorks


  • Turkish
  • Arabic


  • 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)


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


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.

Nanotechnology, Smart Shirt, Functional Polymer

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Stimuli-Responsive Drug Release

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

Aptamer, Drug Release, Nanoparticles

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“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses. ”
- Henry Ford