Throughout his professional career, Sam has been active in numerous engineering organizations, community service groups, and political campaigns. The common theme of these organizations is promoting engineering professionalism, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and volunteering for political activities that support these goals. He has applied his engineering background and expertise forming/managing groups both locally and internationally.
Locally, he co-founded and is on the Board of Volunteering For Oakland, helped start Greening Oakland Homes, and organized community project while President of the East Bay Chapter of the California Society of Professional Engineers. Working for communities internationally, Sam held various positions in first professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders . Within the EWB Engineering Service Corps, Sam heads the Committee managing the R&D Group (formally ATDT), a group of MEs, EES and other product development professionals who provide engineering design and research assistance for projects in developing communities throughout the world. Visit R&D Group to see information on those projects. Sam is a life Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
In both the 2008 and 2012 Obama presidential campaigns, Sam organized groups of over 700 volunteers that became Montclair For Obama. In 2008, the group made 32,000 phone calls, facilitated volunteers’ travel to several states, raised funds, and registered voters. In 2012, Sam help run a combination of neighborhood groups that had the third highest productivity in California.