Sam Bemment holds a first degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He held R&D positions in the Oil and Gas, Web Development and Entertainment sectors before joining Network Rail in an engineering role in 2009. In this role he worked on a range of UK rail projects, on the tools as well as in back-office functions, over the length and breadth of the UK rail infrastructure. In 2011 he was asked to join the fledgling Repoint project at Loughborough University, where he later became the lead project engineer. Sam’s work on Repoint has won many awards, including the prestigious IMechE ‘Best Young Researcher’ prize (2015), and the IET innovation award for Transport (2016). In parallel with his Repoint work, he is (rather slowly) completing a PhD thesis on the subject of fault-tolerant track switching. Sam maintains other research interests, and is involved in a range of interesting research and development projects for the Rail industry and beyond.