After receiving an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, Sam designed propulsion systems for the Department of Defense. She went on to earn a Masters in Materials Science Engineering from École Normale Supérieure de Cachan before becoming a software QA and PM. Sam operated as head engineer of a local startup and lead designer and general contractor of its facility reconstruction project, managing eight subcontracting divisions, engineering verification, and permit applications. She has a Lean Six Sigma White Belt certification.
In her spare time, Sam writes magazine articles from an “engineer’s view” on outdoor gear and is heavily involved in her local mountaineering society, outdoor volunteerism/leadership, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.