Sam's love for mountain biking led him to study mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University. His goal was to design mountain bikes, and while Sam still thinks this would be a cool job, his career interests have evolved. In school, Sam loved learning about mechanical and electronic systems, as well as participating in business clubs and competitions focused on social innovation. After his Bachelors degree, Sam finished a Masters in mechanical engineering. For his Masters, he developed a device using lasers and components from an Xbox Blu-ray player to measure the thermal properties of nuclear fuels. Sam has experience in the commercial solar power industry and in product design for hand-held scanning and imaging devices.
Sam loves skateboarding, backpacking, mountain biking, reading, and surfing. He has taught skateboarding classes at local recreation centers and has organized regular trips to the skate park with his co-workers at two of the places he has worked.