The Team

The SAM team was not assigned. It was created through volunteers—people who shared a passion for the project. The team is composed of experts across multiple disciplines: chip-level technology, software programmers, computer boards, mechanical engineering, human-to-machine and machine-to-machine capabilities, wireless and GPS. Thank you to everyone who made this project possible.

Sam Schmidt
Sam Schmidt
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports & Conquer Paralysis Now

Sam is a former Indy Racing League driver, now co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and other enterprises. He made 27 career starts, winning at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1999. On January 6, 2000, Sam crashed during a practice lap at the Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, severely injuring his spinal cord. He was diagnosed as a quadriplegic. In 2001, he formed Conquer Paralysis Now, a nonprofit to pursue a cure for paralysis.

Arrow

Chakib Loucif
Chakib Loucif
Vice President of Engineering

Chakib leads Arrow’s engineering team. His expertise includes global change management, business strategy, global ERP implementation, Voice of the Customer application, engineering management and the design of industrial high speed instrumentation. He is a Lean Sigma Black Belt and is fluent in English, French and Arabic. He has degrees from Northeastern University, Farleigh Dickenson University and University of Constantine.

Joe Verrengia
Joe Verrengia
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility

Joe inaugurated Arrow’s global CSR program in 2013, combining targeted philanthropy, sustainability and government relations into a strategic initiative that uniquely establishes Arrow as an innovation catalyst. He is certified in CSR management by the Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management and has held fellowships with MIT, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health/University of Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.

Noel Marshall
Noel Marshall
Associate Engineer, SAM Co-driver

Noel serves as the SAM co-driver and safety officer. When not in the right-hand seat, she focuses on total system integration, driver ingress/egress, seating, restraint and safety systems. Her expertise includes mathematics, 12V systems, 3D CAD modeling, wiring, CAD thermal simulations and CAD stress/strain simulations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University. Her other vehicle modification projects include converting a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu into a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

William Pickard
William Pickard
Associate Applications Engineer

Will describes himself as “nothing if not a massive geek—and proud of it!’’ He joined Arrow in 2014 as an engineering intern and quickly added to the Engineering Solutions Center (ESC) supporting microcontrollers, firmware and MEMS sensors. Previously, he worked on a brain computer interface that would allow a person with quadriplegia to activate a nurse call signal by focusing on a flashing light. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Denver. Will also is a longtime volunteer at the St. Francis Center, a homeless shelter in Denver.

Joshua Parrish
Joshua Parrish
Field Applications Engineer & Embedded System Architect

Josh’s expertise includes signal processing, neural networks, algorithm development, systems design, processor and controller architecture and software design flow. He manages the overall software architecture for the modified Corvette. Josh holds a Bachelors of Science degree in electrical engineering from Northern Arizona University.

Dennis LeMieux
Dennis LeMieux
CPI Leader

Dennis is a Continuous Process Improvement Leader for Arrow's Americas Components Group. He holds a Master Black Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma methodologies from Villanova University. On the SAM project, he leads the project management and coordination between the Arrow technical resources and the partner organizations. Dennis has had the responsibility for managing the team to the tight timeline. Previously he led several sales, marketing and organizational expansion projects for Arrow in North America and Europe.

Scott Evans
Scott Evans
Business Development Manager, ECS

Scott manages the work flow of the SAM engineering team and its milestones towards driving demonstrations. At Arrow he works with suppliers and customers, providing design and proof of concept services involving many embedded and mixed-signal technologies. He holds an MBA from Colorado State University, and he is the president of Industrial Advisory Board for the CSU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR

David Kramer
David Kramer
Director, Discovery Lab

David directs the Freescale Discovery Lab, an internal center that incubates “high risk, high reward” innovations to the proof of concept stage. The ideas are submitted by the company’s engineers. In 2014, Freescale opened a second discovery lab in Toulouse, France. If it succeeds, the company plans to expand with Discovery Labs at each of its major sites around the world, each working on 10 to 12 game-changing projects. David attended New Mexico State University.

Joe Thompson
Joe Thompson
Senior Engineering Design Manager

Joe has spent the past 12 years leading Freescale teams through challenging embedded software engineering projects that require developing embedded solutions and validating complex SoC semiconductors within tight business parameters. He also worked at Motorola and IBM. He holds an MS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. Joe says he’s “excited about new technologies and expects technology to solve more problems than it creates.” He predicts: “If you don't own an all-electric car yet, you will.

Jamaal Fraser
Jamaal Fraser
Applications Engineer

Jamaal is co-developing the integrated mouthpiece to control the SAM car’s throttle and brake. His expertise includes System on Chip design and verification. He graduated from New Mexico State University in 2000 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering.

ADENEO EMBEDDED

Jean-Baptiste Theou
Jean-Baptiste Theou
Embedded Systems Engineer

Jean-Baptiste specializes in embedded software systems, including Freescale products. He holds a M.S. in embedded systems from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Electronique, Informatique et de Radiocommunications in Bordeaux, France. In graduate school, he developed a remote controlled WiFi vehicle.