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 engineer in the USA, Ireland and the UK. or more than twenty years he has championed materials science research that links to the arts and humanities, medicine, and society. This culminated in the establishment of the UCL Institute of Making, where he is a director and runs the research programme. The institute of Making 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 also recently set up the Plastic Waste Innovation Hub to carry our research into solving the environmental catastrophe of plastic waste.
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 Lecture and regularly presents BBC TV and radio programmes on materials science and engineering. 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 vs Science for BBC4 and most recently Dare to Repair on Radio 4.
Mark is the multi-award winning author of New York Times bestselling book Stuff Matters.
In 2014 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2018 he was awarded an MBE for services to materials science, engineering and broadcasting.