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Fireball Chats with Alumni - March 2019

Fireball Chats with Alumni - March 2019

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Carm Vespi 


This month's topic: Taking the techno-ethical high road in a demanding and competitive sales-driven environment and experience transitioning from being a software engineer to a software sales leader.


The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University would like to offer you an opportunity to further support the success of our students. We have started a new initiative in the Faculty of Engineering to develop a face-to-face mentoring program between current students and our alumni – Fireball Chats with Alumni.

Fireball Chats with Alumni give the McMaster Engineering community the opportunity to chat to a small group of students and share their personal experiences as an engineer in the workforce. Our hope is that each month we can offer our students a chance to have a casual conversation with engineers during which they can ask for advice, help, or insight.


Get Help – Get coached by experienced engineers!
Ask Questions – Receive answers to all your questions about life, university, co-op choices and more!
Convenience – Connect with alumni on campus!
Fun – A chance to win a Mac Eng prize pack!


Picture of Mentor Joe Algudady

Joseph Algudady, B.Eng. '08 (Mechanical Eng.) 
Sr. Applications Engineer, Eastern Canada Region - Cummins Sales and Service
Joseph is the Senior Application Engineer for Cummins Canada. Joseph and his team are responsible for supporting Original Equipment Manufacturers in the province of Ontario, with the integration of Cummins Engines into prototype equipment. He has 10 years experience working with customers directly, from machine assemblers to CEOs and Presidents, and has seen his customers transition through 4 emission levels.

Joseph holds a Mechanical Engineering Technologist Diploma from St. Clair College, and a Mechanical Engineering degree from McMaster University.

On his off-time, Joseph enjoys the outdoors and staying active. Hunting, fishing, canoeing, rock climbing, aerial acrobatics, and playing baseball. He also volunteers his time with multiple Hospices around the GTA.

Picture of Mentor Harsh Sabikhi

Harsh Sabikhi, B.Eng. '03 (Electrical Eng.) 
Country Manager - GitHub Inc.                                                                                            
Harsh Sabikhi is the Country Manager for GitHub Canada responsible for growing the Canadian region. His team is responsible for evangelizing GitHub within Canada and support customers of all sizes, students, and startups.

Harsh has over 16 years of experience in technology.  He started off as a software engineer writing applications in C, C++, and Java for Texas Instruments.  In 2006, he transitioned into technical sales and eventually into software sales. Harsh is passionate about perpetual learning, change, and lean operations.  He has over a decade of experience in Agile and Scrum development.

Harsh is a native of Toronto and holds an Electrical Engineering degree from McMaster University. 

Outside of work Harsh is very excited in welcoming his first child any moment now. He enjoys spending time in playing hockey, golf and baseball. Two organizations Harsh is passionate about supporting are The Toronto Humane Society and Diabetes Canada.