Samuel began his higher education journey at Mt. Hood Community College while working at John Deere to put himself through school. After finishing the prerequisite courses for Mechanical Engineering he transferred to Portland State University. While at PSU, Samuel conducted an internship at cc-TDI constructing a quail egg ‘opener’ to improve lab efficiency for in vivo drug studies. In December of 2017 Samuel graduated from PSU with a bachelors of science in Mechanical Engineering. He joins cc-TDI as the Macy Easom Foundation Engineering Fellow.