Thursday, 18 March 2021

SELA member ‘one of the most inspiring young people making manufacturing smarter’

Sam Maxwell working at a lab bench, soldering connections
We are delighted to share the news that Sam Maxwell, SELA Cohort 2018 member, has been recognised on the list of the most inspiring young people making manufacturing smarter, by The Manufacturer and KTN for national apprenticeship week 2021. 

Sam recognises that his recognition is underpinned by learning from SELA, where he has developed professional skills such as presenting, communication, team working and flexibility. Such skills making a huge difference when working on summer placements, and gave him the confidence to, ‘tackle difficult engineering projects, communicate my ideas to a wide audience and embrace new challenges.’

To feature on a list boasting some of the most promising young future engineers in manufacturing by respected trade publication The Manufacturer, and one of the UK’s leading drivers of innovation, is a fantastic achievement. The reason for Sam’s recognition, however, is clear to see when looking at the immense commitment Sam has in working towards his future goals.
Sam Maxwell wearing iForge Leader branded shirt and working with a 3D printer
Sam juggles his studies as a fourth-year electronic engineering student, member of SELA, RAEng Engineering Leaders Scholar, being part of the Institute of Electronics Youth Panel, and being a student leader for the University’s iForge Makerspace. In the longer term, he hopes to use the skills and experiences he is gaining to launch his own start-up in the Digital Manufacturing sector, focusing on energy and production efficiency, all with the aim to helping achieve future sustainability.

After graduating this summer, Sam will be joining Siemens at its Congleton Drives Factory, working on digitalization of manufacturing projects including Industry 4.0, IoT, Cobotics and Edge Computing. Sam has previously taken part in the Sir William Siemens Challenge, working with a team to construct a digital sculpture, The Heart of the Diamond, which visualized the data provided by Siemens in the challenge using an animatronic heart and brain. 

Sam says, ‘I would recommend the Siemens Challenge to all engineering students at the University. It’s a really fun way of getting experience applying your technological knowledge and meeting students from other Universities.’

Currently, Sam is using the skills he has developed in SELA as part of his fourth year project working with an industry partner and hopes to go on using them as he progresses within the industry: ‘The communication skills I developed during SELA sessions have been a massive aide in understanding our partner’s requirements and specifications. This has helped us to develop a system that is fit for purpose. Alongside this I am using networking skills developed during the programme to meet new people in preparation for my move to Industry after graduation.’

It’s clear that Sam’s recognition by The Manufacturer and KTN is only the beginning of his journey, and we look forward to seeing him continue to achieve great things as a SELA and University of Sheffield Graduate.

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