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Samuel Gilkison Smith

Product Design Engineer and Aspiring Entrepreneur

San Francisco Bay Area
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
  1. Apple Inc.
  1. Queens May Ball 2011,
  2. Metalrax Group Plc,
  3. e-Go LLP
  1. University of Cambridge

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Apple Inc.

Apple Inc.

Product Design Engineer, iPad Dept

– Present

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I am currently working as a Product Designer in the iPad division of Apple in their headquarters in Cupertino, CA.

Recently, I have completed my postgraduate masters in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management at the University of Cambridge where I gained a distinction. This course was highly practical where knowledge and experience of manufacturing, business and new product development was gained. My undergraduate at Glasgow University and Glasgow Art School enabled me to build a solid base of engineering and design knowledge, skills and experience on which to base my career.

I have a wide range of interests that translate through to my career goals and ambitions where I wish to work in a variety of types of organizations in industries ranging consumer electronics to automotive and in both companies large and small. My work experience so far reflects this diversity.

In the medium to long term I wish to rise within an organisation within which I work and make a large contribution to the company and help it to develop further. Otherwise, I wish to develop my own organisation and make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of others, where I may work to commercialize several of my award winning products I developed whilst at University.

I want to continue in my professional development by continuing to attend professional education seminars and courses and play a visible role in the development of my profession as a whole. As part of this, I wish to develop a network of like minded individuals to share ideas and opportunities with, so please, network with me!

Specialties:Product Development, Product Manufacturing, Automotive Engineering, Business Development, CAD, Engineering Analysis, Mechanical Engineering, Graphic Design, Business Planning, Pitching, Presentations, Financial Planning.


Product Design Engineer, iPad Dept

Apple Inc.
– Present (3 years 5 months)Cupertino, USA

Responsibilities include mechanical, aesthetic and electronic design and concept development, mechanical studies and analysis including magnetic FEA simulation, magnetic systems design, tolerance analysis, prototyping, design for manufacture, CAD, drafting and cost-reduction activities. Involved in the development and refinement of both the consumer electronic hardware and ‘soft’ accessory products in the iPad product line.

Global Supervisor

Queens May Ball 2011
(1 month)Cambridge, United Kingdom

Elected to the Global Supervisor position of the Queens May Ball 2011 event in Cambridge, UK. This was a major event with over 1600 guests, £100K+ budget, major artists and a wide variety of other entertainment. This role involved the co-ordination of over 150 staff and the general management of the event including overseeing health and safety, party-crashing and scheduling. The event received positive reviews with participants and staff enjoying their evening.

ISMM Consultant

Metalrax Group Plc
(2 months)Birmingham, United Kingdom

2 week project whereby an analysis of the companies cogolmerate strategy was undertaken and benchmarked against other leading firms in the field. Strategic recommendations were made to maximise the companies chance of optimal financial performance in the future.

ISMM Consultant

e-Go LLP
(1 month)

2 week long ISMM placement for the e-Go start-up whereby a complete production facility was designed, outsourcing strategy realised and financial model built.

ISMM Consultant

Red Bee Media
(1 month)

This placement was the second of 4 placements as part of the ISMM course. The project title for this placement was 'Process Improvement in the Media Intake Area’ whereby we were tasked to employ lean manufacturing principals in a media organisation in order to drive process improvements and cost savings.

ISMM Consultant

(1 month)

This placement was the first of 4 placements as part of the ISMM course. The project title for this placement was ‘Revolutionising Wind Turbine Manufacturing' whereby a future wind turbine manufacturing strategy was developed.

Student Enterprise Coordinator

University of Glasgow
(9 months)

Responsibilities include: Coordinating the activities of student enterprise on campus and helping students in business start-ups.

Student Intern

Scottish Institute for Enterprise
(1 year)

Responsibilities include: Coordinating the activities of student enterprise on campus and helping students in business start-ups.

Advanced Engineering Leadership Awardee

The Royal Academy of Engineering
(2 years)

Work Experience Day Attendee

Ford Motor Company
(1 month)

This day exposed me to cutting edge engine and powertrain technologies such as IC hydrogen technologies. I learned a great deal about the new developments and challenges currently faced within the US automotive industry.

Sampler Day Attendee

(1 month)

This sampler day included an introduction to the consultancy business and an extended case study where we had to present our business recommendations to an imaginary company. My team won the prize for the best presentation on the day.

Design Engineer - IAESTE placement

(2 months)

Responsibilities included: Accelerator Pedal Module design development and testing, CAD modelling and drafting.

Quality Control Engineer - 1 Year Industrial Placement

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
(1 year 1 month)

Responsibilities included: Quality management, warranty management, raising and monitoring vehicle quality issues, organising and reporting testing of vehicles, undertaking perceived quality activities.

IT Engineer - Shell STEP Placement

Roadtechs Europe
(1 year 3 months)

Responsibilities included: Website creation, general IT duties, graphic design, database creation and maintenance.

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Opportunities Samuel Gilkison is looking for:

Causes Samuel Gilkison cares about:

  • Environment
  • Health
  • Science and Technology

Organizations Samuel Gilkison supports:


  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Design for Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing
  • Design of Experiments
  • Entrepreneurship
  • R&D
  • Engineering Management
  • Finite Element Analysis


University of Cambridge

Distinction, M.Phil, Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management

Dissertation Title: "Technology Evolution and Industry Emergence in the Electric Vehicle Industry"

Activities and Societies: Emmanuel College, CUER

Glasgow School of Art

1st Class Honours, M.Eng, Product Design Engineering

The University of Glasgow

1st Class Honours, M.Eng, Product Design Engineering

Activities and Societies: President of Glasgow University Engineering Society, Founder of Glasgow University Formula Student Team, Set designer, Glasgow University Student Television

Honors & Awards

Awarded a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Industrial Design Studentship to undertake postgraduate studies at Cambridge University.

Winner of the Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Centenary Travel Prize. Awarded for degree show work in order to travel to the Shanghai World Expo.

Awarded the Scottish Institute for Enterprise ‘Intern of the Year’ Award 2010.

Winner of the 2010 Scottish Institute for Enterprise National Business Plan Competition Overall Prize, ‘Product Design’ category and Start-up Day pitching competition.

Winner of a 2008 Advanced Engineering Leadership Award from the Royal Academy of Engineers.

Winner of the 2008 Prince Philip Award from the Incorporation of Hammermen.

Winner of the 2008 Hammermen Prize for the University of Glasgow.

Proxime Accessit of Carluke High in 2003.

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