A practicing engineer, Jamal Abraham was born in a rural suburb of Detroit, Michigan called Clinton Township. After attending Clintondale High School, he later graduated from Michigan State University in June of 1974 with a BS degree in electrical engineering. Further schooling followed attending Arizona State University in pursuit of a MS degree in Electrical Engineering.
In 1986, Jamal traveled to Egypt which became a pivotal point in his professional career. Spending several months visiting sights in Egypt and Sudan, he returned with a vision and model for improving the condition of minorities and the poor. Instead of continuing along the path of social misfits requiring hand-outs and hand-downs, minorities and in particular African Americans could engage in practical science based economic development to achieve international prominence.
He founded a non-profit educational charity, African on Wheels, four years ago with a mission to provide vocational skills to urban communities initially in Cleveland. The organization conducts fundraisers, seminars, walk-a-thons and science fairs to raise awareness for the need of science based education. Now, with an executive board, sub-committees, and sponsors, AOW plans to open its first vocational level trade school in the Akron-Cleveland area in the year 2008. Jamal has made countless presentations and speeches addressing the re-emphasis for technical skills.
Abraham has over thirty (30) years of solid electrical engineering experience in the capacity of automation design, process controls engineering and power distribution. His writing skills come from the many engineering proposals written to clients, many 200-300 pages of technical text and engineering drawings. General Electric sent him to the technical sales and writing class while employed by them. Jamal has worked at a number of Fortune 500 companies including Ford Motor Company in Lima, OH, general Electric in Overland Park, IBM in Kansas City, Delphi in Sandusky, Ohio. American Axle & Manufacturing in Detroit, Michigan, Control Data Corporation in St. Louis and Sperry Flight System (UNISYS) in Phoenix, Arizona.