Mark began his career with Dow in 1998 working in Dow’s Core R&D group in Reaction Engineering on a variety of programs ranging from traditional semi-batch polyol reactors to modeling polyurethane reactions on straw for the production of wheat particleboard. In 2002 he moved to Hydrocarbons Research for the support of Styrene Plants, during which time he worked on several projects receiving Tech Center Awards valued in total approximately $100MM and integrated the technical styrene reactor models into commercial cost models to optimize overall production. In 2006 Mark transitioned to olefins research where he is currently working on the introduction of new technologies into traditional steam crackers and the development of alternative feedstocks for olefins production. His work here includes Dow’s technical effort in Brazil for the conversion of ethanol to polyethylene.
Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1997, his Master’s in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT in 1998, and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas in 2008.