I am Sam Sheckells, a designer from Baltimore, Maryland. I’m passionate about ergonomics, intuitive design, and exploring the tangible interactions that people have with products.
I am a Master of Arts graduate from the Design Products program at the Royal College of Art in London, the top-ranked art and design university in the world. Studying at the RCA allowed me to develop my design thinking and process, steering my interests towards human-centered design and giving me the tools to be a confident and capable designer. I earned my bachelors from the University of Maryland College Park, majoring in studio art with a specialization in digital media. While there, I explored outside my major by immersing myself in numerous design and engineering-based projects. Through my studies, I also gained experience in fabrication, programming and sound design.
I also have valuable work and extracurricular experience. In 2019, as well as during high school, I worked for Sheckells & Sons Construction, a concrete construction outfit. Through this, I became comfortable working with heavy power tools and equipment while also learning valuable teamwork skills. During my summer holidays from 2014 to 2018 I worked at CDI Corporation, a government security and marine engineering firm, doing work ranging from CAD Design, to fabrication, to in-field testing. From 2015 to 2016, I participated in Micro-G NExT, a design project with NASA, to design new hand tools for astronauts exploring asteroids.
Along with my experience in design and engineering, I have held a myriad of other hobbies and interests. I raced motocross for ten years when I was younger, participating at Loretta Lynn's Amateur Nationals along with winning some other district championships. During high school, I switched to karting for a few years, earning two World Karting Association national championship titles. Racing and competing taught me a lot about sportsmanship and pushing myself to the limit, along with some valuable mechanical skills. I'm also an active musician, having played in the band The Mild Animals during my time at the University of Maryland, as well as writing my own music under my own name.
EXPERIENCE / EDUCATION
2020-Present
CNC Operator Lenson Machine, Baltimore, MD
2020
Master of Arts, Design Products Royal College of Art, London (#1 Ranked in Art and Design, QS World University Rankings 2014-2020)
2020
Project Management RCA SHOW 2020, Design Products Programme
2019
Laborer Sheckells & Sons Construction, Baltimore, MD
2019
Designer International Integrated Design Camp, Seoul, South Korea
2019
Project Management RCA Design Products, Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy
2014-2018
Design Engineer CDI Corporation, Glen Burnie, MD
2018
Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art University of Maryland, College Park
2016-2018
Social Media Manager / Graphic Design Director Terrapin Record Label, College Park, MD
2015-2016
Student Engineer NASA Micro-G NExT Challenge, Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
2015-2016
Volunteer Engineers Without Borders, University of Maryland Chapter, College Park, MD
2015-2016
Intern Sailing Yacht Research Foundation, Warwick, RI (Remote)
2012-2013
Laborer Sheckells & Sons Construction, Baltimore, MD
EXHIBITIONS / PUBLICATIONS
2020
Royal College of Art Virtual Degree SHOW 2020 Online
Project Sidekick included in collections by SHOW industry curators:
“A Sense of Humanity”
Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Design, Museum of Modern Art
“Human Individuals, Things, Environment and Social Civilization”
Yao Yingjia, Vice President and Smart Lifestyle Platform Lead, Lenovo
“2020 Vision”
Sebastian Conran, Sebastian Conran Associates
“Healthcare and Wellness”
Bill Evans, Business Advisor to Creative Services Firms, Bolster Advisors
2020
2MD, RCA Design Products Publication Issue 01
Published piece, “I’ve Never Missed A Desk More”
2020
RCA Work In Progress Show Courtyard Gallery, Royal College of Art
2020
2MD, RCA Design Products Publication Issue 00
Published piece, “Designers Should Do Less Designing”
2020
Design, At Speed: The Importance of Design in Formula One Racing
Masters Dissertation (Thesis) written at the Royal College of Art
2019
The Exhibitionist Courtyard Gallery, Royal College of Art
2019
RCA Work In Progress Show Courtyard Gallery, Royal College of Art 
Project Pilingo shortlisted for RCA/CERN Grand Challenge
2018
UMD Degree Show The Herman Maril Gallery, University of Maryland
2018
Immersive Atoms Spring Exhibition Parren J. Mitchell Building, University of Maryland
SKILLS
Teamwork
Team-focused, experience in multicultural and multidisciplinary groups, experience leading and managing teams for projects, exhibitions and extracurricular activities.
Team Management and Organization
Experience using project management tools such as Asana, Todoist, Google Suite. Committed to keeping projects on track by taking thorough meeting minutes and leading meetings
Making
Sketching, CNC, Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, Woodworking, Metalworking, Arduino, Processing​​​​​​​
3D Modeling and Rendering
Autodesk Fusion 360, AutoCAD, Solidworks, Rhinoceros​​​​​​​
Adobe Creative Suite
Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, Audition
Apple Professional Apps
Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X​​​​​​​
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