Mark joined DMC after completing degrees at Harvey Mudd College and Northwestern University. He studied VLSI circuit design at HMC, then conducted nanomechanics research with Northwestern University and Argonne National Lab to earn an MS in Mechanical Engineering. He continued at Northwestern in evolutionary robotics research with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and completed a PhD in August 2012. Mark is a Certified LabVIEW Architect. He has recently started a campaign to read history's greatest works of literature (in 20 minute increments before falling asleep), and is actively involved in Project Gutenberg. Mark loves any outdoor activity that serves as an excuse to get together with friends, particularly kayaking and golfing.