Mr Samuel Piper
Teaching and Research Technician
With a background in mechanical engineering, Sam is the first point of contact for all matters regarding design and manufacture within the department. As a teaching and research technician with a makerspace focus, Sam’s main responsibility is to oversee the running of the engineering undergraduate workshops. Sam also provides technical cover and support across the departmental research laboratories. Please do not hesitate to contact Sam directly, or his line manager Tushar Khoda, if you require assistance with any of the following:
- Manufacturing: We can facilitate a variety of different manufacturing processes, from the use of basic hand tools to more advanced CAM processes (e.g., laser cutting, CNC routing, 3D Printing). If you have a specific job and are unable to outsource, Sam may be able to help.
- Event-Coordination: Likewise, we have also worked with both internal and external partners to co-ordinate various workshop and making-centred events.
- Training and Use of the Makerspace: If you require the use of a workshop environment and/or our production studio and are working on a project relating to teaching/research, Sam will be able facilitate any necessary training and health and safety inductions.
- Research Support: Sam can provide technical support and perform basic maintenance for any design and manufacture equipment (e.g., 3D printers, laser cutters) within the engineering research labs.
- Manufacturing Consultation: Equally, if you are considering expanding the manufacturing capabilities of a particular lab/workshop, Sam can offer his expertise regarding logistics planning, completion of RAs and SOPs and aid in the procurement process.
- Module Development: We have operated as consultants for all the undergraduate design-centred modules. Sam can provide advice on how the workshop facilities can best support practical teaching activities within the department.