Mark is an engineer and materials scientist. He is the Professor of Materials and Society at UCL where he teaches and runs a research group.
Mark received his Ph.D in turbine jet engine alloys from Oxford University, and has worked as a materials scientist in the USA, Ireland and the UK. His research lab is based in theMechanical Engineering Department of UCL. His research areas include self-assembling materials, self-healing materials, psychophysical properties of materials. He is part of the Thomas Young Centre.
Mark is the Director of the Institute of Making which is a multidisciplinary research club for those interested in the made world: from makers of molecules to makers of buildings, synthetic skin to spacecraft, soup to clothes, furniture to cities.
Mark is a broadcaster and writer on science and engineering issues, and believes passionately that to engineer is human. He regularly gives popular talks on engineering and materials science to tv, radio, festival, and school audiences. He gave the 2010 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, and is a regular presenter of science and engineering BBC tv programmes including the series How It Works for BBC4, the Genius of Invention, Wonderstuff Dara O'Briain's Science Club for BBC2 and most recently Chef cs Science for BBC4.
Mark was included in the The Times list of the top 100 most influential people in UK science. In 2013 he won the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal and his book Stuff Matters