Education and Mentoring

For nine years, Sam lectured in E-110 Venture Design course from 1995 to 2004. The course was offered through the College of Engineering at the University of California-Berkeley. It taught creators of new technology to better understand the challenges of commercializing their ideas. The course included the participation of many volunteers from both academia and the private sectors who freely shared ideas. Each semester, Sam mentored student groups in researching markets, writing business plans, seed funding, structuring financial proposals, presentation of business plans, corporate structures, prototyping, product testing, regulatory affairs, starting productions, and human resources.

Sam created and taught “Starting as an Independent Consultant”, 2-day seminars offered at UC Berkeley Extension. A modified version of this course was presented at both ASME local and national meetings