After graduating as a Marquette Warrior in May, 1980 with a double major in Chemistry and Mathematics, Mark moved to Evanston, IL to attend graduate school at Northwestern University. Under the direction of Professor Duward F. Shriver, he earned a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry studying metal nuclearity effects on the reduction of carbon monoxide to methane on metal carbonyl clusters.
Mark began his professional career working for Amoco Chemical Company at their research facility in Naperville, IL in the spring of 1984. His research focused on new catalytic materials, specifically polyoxometallate-pillared layered double hydroxides, as well as on polypropylene catalyst improvement. During his tenure at Amoco, he co-authored the 2nd edition of Professor Shriver’s book “The Manipulation of Air-Sensitive Compounds”. He also taught evening general chemistry and organic chemistry courses at a local community college for 2 years.
In March of 1990, Mark moved back to Milwaukee to work for CERAC, Inc. on 13th and St. Paul Avenue as their Manager of Technical Services. He moved his career 2 blocks east to work for Aldrich Chemical Company in early 1993. During his 7 year tenure at Aldrich, he managed several areas including Publications and Promotions, the inorganic chemicals product line, Aldrich-APL (a joint venture high-purity inorganic chemicals production facility in Urbana, IL), and the laboratory equipment business unit (including Aldrich’s Glass Shop).
After a brief stint running an oil analysis company headquartered in the Chicago area, Mark returned to CERAC, Inc. (now Materion) in late 2000 as their Operations Manager responsible for all production activities and the Analytical Laboratory. Over the next 10 years, his career transitioned more toward focusing on technical challenges, including new product synthesis and scale-up and process development. As Principal Scientist, Mark earned his Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt through the University of Buffalo Center for Industrial Effectiveness in 2010.
Deciding that more than 50 winters in the Milwaukee/Chicago area were quite enough, Mark moved to the Dallas, TX area in January, 2012 and is currently the Manager of Research & Development for RSR Technologies, Inc. Along with R&D on the recycling of non-lead acid batteries (e.g. lithium ion, nickel-metal hydride), his group is responsible for supporting RSR’s secondary lead smelting operations where lead acid batteries are recycled into refined lead.