- PhD (candidate), Virginia Tech (expected 2019)
- JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 1989
- MAS, Johns Hopkins University, 1986
- B.S., Miami University, 1983
Mark’s teaching focuses on entrepreneurship, and he serves as the faculty advisor for the Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology (EIT) Management Major Option and the Entrepreneurship - New Venture Growth (ENVG) minor. He works closely with Virginia Tech’s Apex Center for Entrepreneurs and has served as a mentor for numerous student-led enterprizes. Mark was a Teaching Associate Professor and the Director of the Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) program at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado prior to joining Virginia Tech. Mark also serves as a faculty member of the Creativity and Innovation Strategic Growth Area and the Calhoun Honors Program Discovery Design Team.
In the classroom and on campus, Mark leverages his past professional experience in a variety of executive and legal roles across Fortune 100 companies to startups. His experience is focused in the electronics and healthcare industries, with roles in R&D, operations, agile project management, intellectual property strategy, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. Along the way, he has experienced the highs and lows of founding new companies, including the joys of growing a medical device startup to a successful IPO. Mark started his career as an engineer in the defense electronics systems business of Westinghouse, and has held executive and legal roles in Eli Lilly & Co. and Guidant Corporation focused on the cardiac and minimally invasive surgery sectors of the medical device business.
A registered Patent Attorney, Mark is licensed to practice law in California, Colorado and in the District of Columbia (currently in active in D.C.). He has held non-legal professional certifications of Certified New Product Development Professional (NPDP) and Certified Licensing Professional (CLP®).
During his time in the medical technology industry, his business development roles included the identification and negotiation of university-industry partnerships including technology transfer and startup acceleration. Early in his career, he initiated his passion for teaching as an adjunct instructor for the University of California, Berkeley. More recently, he has embraced academic research and is now a PhD in Business student at Virginia Tech working to complete his dissertation. His research explores the roles and strategies of the Entrepreneurial University in the knowledge economy, particularly university influenced entrepreneurial action and the commercialization of emerging technologies.
Looking back, Mark says there is a theme throughout his technical. legal and business careers: "working with great minds and promising technologies, to help create something new". A perfect match for working with VT students.