Success Stories Of NATEGers in North America




Ammar Kouki

ISR Technologies & Lacime Lab



Education


* B.S. (1985): Pen State University
* M.S. (1987): Pen State University
* Ph.D.(1990): University of Illinois at Urbana-Champign.


Current Position


* Professor of Electrical Engineering at ETS, Montreal-Canada
* Director Lacime Lab & Co-founder of ISR Technologies, ETS


About the Company:


ISR Technologies design and build modems forradio equipment manufactures providing on-the-fly reprogrammable communication. Based on specific client needs, ISR develops custom hardware, software and firmware for both prototype and products. The company offers real-time reconfigurable platforms and satellite modems for meshed networks.



Zoubeida
Ounaies

Electroactive Materials Characterization Laboratory



Education


* B.S. (1989): Pen State University
* M.S. (1991): Pen State University
* Ph.D.(1996): Pen State University.


Current Position


* Associate Professor, The Pennsylvania State University
* Director of the Electroactive Materials Characterization Laboratory
* Associate Editor, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures


Honors/Awards:


* Dorothy Quiggle Career Developmental Professorship
* H.J.E. Reid Best Paper Award, 2010
* ASME Best Paper Award in Materials, 2009
* Richard T. Whitcomb and Paul F. Holloway Technology Transfer Award, 2009
* NSF CAREER Award, 2007
* TEES Select Young Faculty Award, Texas A&M University, 2007
* Montague Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Scholar Award, 2007


Expertise:


Development of unique combinations of mechanical-electrical-chemical coupling in polymers and polymer nanocomposites.

About the Laboratory:


Research at the Electroactive Materials Characterization Lab focuses on processing-microstructure-property relationships in smart materials with the goal of developing new materials with unique combinations of mechanical, electrical, and electro-mechanical properties for uses that range from advanced electronic devices and autonomous system concepts to the aerospace, automotive, medical and consumer industries.



Ahmed Khabir

EMWorks



Education


* B.S. (1985): Pen State University
* M.S. (1986): Pen State University
* Ph.D.(1989): University of Illinois at Urbana-Champign.


Current Position


* President of EMWorks Inc.
* Adjunt Professor at ETS, Montreal-Canada


About the Company:


Founded in 1994 in Montreal, Canada, EMWorks Inc. develops and sells electromagnetics and magnetics software and simulation tools as an Add-in to SolidWorks. The company's flagship products are EMS (for electrical machines and mechatronics), HFWorks (for RF, Microwave and Wireless), and ATLASS for transmission lines and waveguides. The company products are sold worldwide and its clients include many multi-national companies.



Fakhreddine Karray

Vestec Inc. & PAMI Center



Education


* Ing.Dipl(1984): ENIT-Tunisia
* Ph.D.(1989) : University of Illinois at Urbana-Champign.


Current Position


* Professor of Electrical Engineering
* Associate Professor PAMI Center, University of Waretloo, Ontario Canada.


About the Company:


Vestec aims to popularize, commiditize and demystify speech recognition by leveraging unique Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to create powerful, low-cost, standards-based ASR and NLU engines. We believe speech recognition has not enjoyed widespread acceptance due to: (a) high cost of speech enabling products; (b) poor recognition accuracy of speech software; (c) poor semantic interpretaion of recognized results and (d) overall dificulty of speech application development and maintance.



Faouzi Kossentini

UB Video & eBrisk Video



Education


* B.S. (1989): Georgia Tech.
* M.S. (1990): Georgia Tech.
* Ph.D.(1994): Georgia Tech.


Current Position


* President & CEO eBrisk Video, Inc.


About the Company:


ub Video, which was founded in 2000 and became a world-wide used today in the video conferencing and broadcast markets. UB Video was acquired by Cisco in February 2006. eBrisk Video is Canadian-based company and a leading developer of video compression algorithms.



Fathi Ghorbel

itRobotics Inc. & RiSYS Lab.



Education


* B.S. (1985): Pen State University
* M.S. (1987): Carnegie mellon University
* Ph.D.(1991): University of Illinois at Urbana-Champign.


Current Position


* Professor of mechanical Engineering
* Director RiSYS Lab.
* Rice University - Texas, USA.


About the Company:


Founded in 2000 in Houston, Texas, itRobotics is a pioneering technology company operating to provide state of the art nos-destructive inspection service for small diameter energy pipes using the latest robotic technologies. In November 2002, it established its design and manufacturing faciliting in Stafford, Texas.



Faycal Kahloun

AliaSYS, Cimetry Systems,Agile, S.K.I, Montreal Angels, OneDesk



Education


* M.Eng.(1987): McGill University

Current Position


* Entrepreneur

About the Companies:


Faycal is a software developer turned entrepreneur. He graduated in 1987 with a Master degree in Engineering from McGill University followed by few years in a PhD program. Over the years, he founded several companies with some "good" exits and outcomes along the way. he started his career developing image processing techniques to aid in ice navigation using radar imagery. The outcome was a system developed by his company AliaSys, which had a successful exit in 90's. He also founded Cimmetry Systems, which developed Visualization and Collaboration software that sold hundreds of thousands of seats to a wide range of companies and licensed its platform to some of the biggest names in the software industry. Under his leadership as President and CEO, the company grew steadly over the years and as acquired in 2005 by Agile Software both were subsequentely acquired by Oracle Corp. Faycal then joined Agile as a Senior Executive VP.
Shortly after, he joined several angel investement groups and founded the Montreal Angels. he has invested in several start-ups both directly and through these organisations. Being the Entrepreneur he is, Faycal the founder of OneDesk www.onedesk.com a new software venture offerings a SaaS solution for Product and Services requirements management, customer feedback, project management, social media monitoring, help desk, cases management, and more. In Tunisia, he founded and is running a real estate and investement company www.sousse.com.




Kamel Mekki

Acoustica & ESI Group



Education


* B.S. (1985): Michigan University
* M.S. (1987): Pen State University
* Ph.D.(1991): Michigan University


Current Position


* President & CEO Acoustica
* Director ESI-Tunisan Division


About the Companies:


* Acoustica is an engineering firm, specialized in vibro-acoustics in building, industry and environment. Thecompany offers services using state of the art instrumentation and 3d software tools.
* ESI Group is a world leading software editor for the numerical simulations of prototypes and manufacturing process enginnering in applied mechanics.




Naim Ben Hmida

Opmaxx Inc. & Nortel/Ciena



Education


* B.S. (1989): Laval University, Quebec
* M.S. (1991): Ecole Polytechnique Montreal
* Ph.D.(1996): Ecole Polytechnique Montreal


Current Position


* Senior Manager, Mixed Signal design & Test
* Optical Transport Division
* Ciena, Ottawa, Canada


About the Companies:


Co-Founded Opmaxx Inc. in 1994 in Montreal and moved to Portland in 1996, USA. Opmaxx developed tools and Silicon IP for Mixed Signal test. Opmaxx was acquired in 1999 by Credence Microsystems,a publically traded company.
Ciena provides communications networking equipment. Ciena is the market coherent Optical transport. Ciena/Nortel was first to release a 40 Gs/ and 100 Gs Coherent Optical solutions.




Ridha ben Mrad

MMD Laboratory & SR Microsystems Inc.



Education


* B.S. (1986) : Pen State University (Mech.)
* M.A.Sc. (1988): University of Michigan (Mech.)
* M.S. (1991) : University of Michigan (Elec.)
* Ph.D.(1991) : University of Michigan (Mech.)


Current Position


* Professor Associate chair, Research
* Director, Institte for Robotics and Mechatronics
* Universtity of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
* Co-Founder: SR Microsystems Inc.


About the Companiy and the Laboratory:


SR is pursing the commercialization od patented Micro electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) actuation technology used to drivemicromirros and lenses for Heda-Up Display, autofocus in cell phones camera and high performance MEMS based vestor displays. Research at Mechatronics and Microsystem Design (MMD) Laboratory is focused in precision systems, digital microfluidics and MEMS. Application areas include photonics, biomedical devices, genomics & proteomics, positionning in space, adaptive optics and automotive display systems.



Samir Kallal

Omniacom



Education


* B.S. (1982): Laval University, Quebec
* M.S. (1984): Ecole Polytechnique Montreal
* Ph.D.(1988): Ecole Polytechnique Montreal


Current Position


* President & CEO Omniacom

About the Company:


Samir Kallal has been a professor at the Departemet of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Britsh Colmubia, Vancouver, BC, Canada from 1988 to 2001. He returned to Tunisia in 1999 to lauch the inception of Omniacom. Omniacom expertise includes the Development, Engineering and Deployment of Complex telecom Solutions, Multimedia Solutions and Web portal Design. he co-founded EBSYS in 2001 and TUNAV in 2005. EBSYS is a Software/Hardware design and development company with emphasis on Video Communication & IP Multimedia and Smart Grid Solutions. TUNAV is active in the development and implementation of Fleet and Asset GPS based Tracking Solutions.



Hatem Sellami

Predictix



Education


*BSEE (1989): Georgia Inst. of Tech, USA
*MSEE (1990): Georgia Inst. of Tech, USA
*Ph.D.ECE (1995): Georgia Inst. of Tech, USA
*MSM (1996): Georgia Inst. of Tech, USA


Current Position


* President, Predictix

About the Company:


At Predictix, we help retailers make better decisions in merchandising, and demand and supply chains. We offer forecasting, replenishment, planning, pricing and promotion optimization solutions through a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. Our customers are among the top retailers in the world. Our company was founded in 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and we opened our Tunis and London offices in 2007.