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Samuel Gilkison Smith

Entrepreneur • Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Product Design Engineer, iPad Dept, Apple Inc.

Product Design Engineer, iPad Dept, Apple Inc.

4 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Product
  • UI/Design
  • Industrial Design
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Part-time now, full-time if it takes off

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Mechanical Engineering
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
  • • Industrial Design

Involved In

Side Projects

University of Cambridge Solar Ca
Formula Student - Glasgow Univer


Product Design Engineer, iPad Dept Apple Inc. July 2011 - present
Global Supervisor Queens May Ball 2011 July 2011 - July 2011
ISMM Consultant Metalrax Group Plc March 2011 - March 2011
ISMM Consultant e-Go LLP January 2011 - January 2011
ISMM Consultant Red Bee Media December 2010 - December 2010
ISMM Consultant Vestas November 2010 - November 2010
Student Enterprise Coordinator University of Glasgow September 2009 - May 2010
Student Intern Scottish Institute for Enterprise 2009 - May 2010
Advanced Engineering Leadership Awardee The Royal Academy of Engineering 2008 - 2010
Work Experience Day Attendee Ford Motor Company April 2009 - April 2009
Sampler Day Attendee Accenture March 2009 - March 2009
Design Engineer - IAESTE placement Bosch July 2008 - August 2008
Quality Control Engineer - 1 Year Industrial Placement Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. September 2006 - September 2007
IT Engineer - Shell STEP Placement Roadtechs Europe June 2006 - August 2007


University of Cambridge Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management 2010 - 2011
Glasgow School of Art Product Design Engineering 2004 - 2010
The University of Glasgow Product Design Engineering 2004 - 2010

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Electrical Engineering
  • • Mechanical Engineering
  • • Other Engineering
  • • UI/Design
  • • Industrial Design
Markets of Interest
  • • 3D Printing
  • • Consumer Electronics
  • • Hardware
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Transportation
  • • Travel
  • • Wearable Tech

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Engineering • Mechanical engineering • Manufacturing • Entrepreneurship • Design for Manufacturing

Key Accomplishments

At university I founded and built up the formula student team (FSAE in the states). After 3 years of development, we brought our first car to the race in Silverstone in 2007. Building up the team required sponsorship (funding), the development of a team and their skills and the bringing together of the correct resources to enable the team to succeed. Since leaving university I have been responsible of the design and development of the smart cover and case products for Apple - specifically the iPad mini cover and iPad Air cover.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Andy Lauder
We worked together at Apple Inc.
Great communicator and confident.
Oliver Ross
We worked together
I have known Sam for 5 years and he is one of the best design engineers I know. Within only 1.5 years of working at Apple he has already lea ... d a product from concept through to market. It is extremely rare to do this in this in such a short period of time of joining the company which exemplifies how talented a product design engineer he is. Sam is also extremely driven and a brilliant organizer. I have witnessed him starting a formula one team at university as well as managing the engineering society and in both roles he excelled in leadership and organization - I know he can be much more than the person design engineering the product. He is also a amazing fun positive person to work with.
Nick Bell
They're my professor
Highly skilled, highly motivated, an ability to look at the big picture and the mindset to get the details right.
They're my professor
It's fair to say that Samuel was one of my best students, pushing projects beyond the scope of the brief and delivering stunning results. It ... 's been a pleasure watching him develop as a professional design engineer. His infectious drive and personable character are benefits to anyone that works with him. Samuel has proven on many occasions that he’s made the most out of opportunities that have either be made available to him, or have been created through his own endeavours. I wish him the very best and am delighted to say that he is an ambassador for the Product Design Engineering programme. Craig Whittet Head of Department, Product Design Engineering