Samuel is completing a dual masters degree at MIT in Nuclear Engineering and the Technology and Policy Program. He is a graduate of Kansas State University with a BS in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, a BA in Vocal Music Performance, and a minor in Chinese. His research interests are concentrated on nuclear fuel cycle system analysis, fuel cycle economics, and dry cask nuclear waste storage analysis. Samuel's activism includes serving as the student director of the American Nuclear Society Board of Directors to ending conversion therapy across the country by speaking as a survivor of its horrors. He cofounded the NuclearPride organization to build an LGBT community in the nuclear science and engineering field, and created the Stand With Science campaign, which united 10,000 students and allies from across the country to advocate for federal science and engineering research funding.