Sam graduated with a BSc in Sports and Materials Science from the University of Birmingham in 2009. He then went on to complete a PhD at the University of Birmingham between 2010-2015 on ‘The oxidation damage of Ni-based superalloy, RR1000, with different surface modifications and the role of oxidation in fatigue crack initiation’ with Professor Hugh Evans.
Following this, he went to work in industry for a number of years spending some time working for the National Nuclear Laboratory as a metallurgist within the waste management and decommissioning team. Sam then worked for Rolls-Royce plc. as a Materials Scientist within the Materials, Corrosion and Chemistry team.
Upon leaving Rolls-Royce, he returned to the University of Birmingham in 2017 as a research fellow in the Advanced Materials and Processing laboratory in the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham. In this role, he worked on an EU funded programme to develop a European wide Master’s course in metal additive manufacturing and conducted research into additive manufacturing and hot isostatic pressing of a range of alloys. During this period, Sam also developed a number of teaching responsibilities and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.
Sam was promoted to the role of Head of Education in 2020 and Senior Lecturer in Materials Education in 2021.