Meet your SONAMI Project Manager – Sherif Abdou

On the left, Sherif's headshot. On the right, text: Meet your SONAMI project manager, Sherif Abdou. General Manager of the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) at Mohawk College

Sherif Abdou is the General Manager of Business Development at IDEAWORKS, Mohawk College and supports the staff, students and industry partners in the delivery of applied research projects.

Get to know Sherif and his work with SONAMI better:

If you run an SME, why would you want to work with SONAMI?

A few years ago, I co-founded a start-up company and we reached out to AMIC to help us optimize our product’s design for additive manufacturing. Through support from SONAMI and the expertise at AMIC, we successfully launched our product into market using the latest in additive manufacturing technologies at a very cost-competitive price.

SONAMI enables companies to access the latest technologies and expertise available in additive manufacturing while allowing students who are involved in those projects to interact with and get exposure to the latest new ideas and products industry has to offer. It is a win-win situation for both industrial partners and SONAMI academic partners.

Where do you find your ‘zone’ at work?

Personally, I enjoy new challenges and learning about new technologies, especially those that bridge the gaps between different fields.

I thrive working hands-on with students, faculty and staff here at AMIC to help our industry partners find innovative solutions to their product design and manufacturing challenges, using the latest technologies in additive manufacturing.

What have you learned working through the pandemic?

The key lesson learned through this tough time is that the ability to be agile and be able to pivot quickly is a major key to success. Being able to adapt to an always changing world and utilize all the available tools to make sure work gets completed in a timely manner is a skill we all need to master.

Connect with Sherif: [email protected]
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