Student Profiles: Sam Lema


Class of 2017 Salutatorian | Engineering Science Transfer

Bristol Community College 2017 Salutatorian Samueal Lema has undertaken a long journey to arrive at his outstanding success at BCC.‌

Sam and his family arrived in the United States in 2002 from Ethiopia, primarily to pursue the opportunities that came with higher education, like those offered by Bristol Community College. Sam focused his educational endeavors on STEM coursework with the goal of becoming an engineer.

When Sam stepped out of the classroom, his passion for science has followed him into his spare time. Among his many accomplishments, he became president of the BCC STEM Club, focusing his growing expertise into an impressive resume of projects.

These include an electric go-kart, quadcopter drone and a two-stroke engine generator. Beyond math and science, Sam wanted to give back. He joined the Honors Program as a peer tutor, and was chosen to become a Supplemental Instructor in areas such as calculus, physics and electrical engineering.

Sam also earned a spot as a Student Representative on the BCC Board of Trustees. After BCC, Sam transferred to Cornell University to further bolster his stellar scientific background into a dream career at NASA.

“I started at BCC because I wanted an affordable education but at the same time, a place that provided multiple opportunities for my future and academic growth,” said Sam. “I can say that BCC exceeded all my expectations.”