Abir Qamhiyah: From war exile to head of engineering software company

January 5, 2011
By Bob Zientara Staff Writer, photo by Amy Vinchattle, courtesy of Ames Tribune.

On Abir Qamhiyah’s office wall, there’s a sign with the following passage: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
For the cofounder of iSEEK Corp., which writes and markets a “geometric search engine” for engineers and computer-aided designers, it’s an apt look at a life that includes a flight from Kuwait to avoid Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion, exile in Jordan and the challenges that came with relocating to North America and launching a career.