Academia: Mark completed his first degree at the University of Southampton in the summer of 2012 with an MEng in Aeronautics and Astronautics with Airvehicle Systems and Design. After this, he joined the Institute for Complex System Simulation doctoral training centre. There, he completed his PhD entitled "Magnetic skyrmion research using virtual simulation environments", where he investigated the behaviour of skyrmions (see image below) in helimagnetic materials with easy-plane anisotropy, and in polycrystalline helimagnets. To achieve this Mark created a mechanism to deploy simulation software, which he co-wrote with other researchers, onto high-performance computing architectures using virtual machines and containers. Mark's list of publications is here.

A simulated magnetic skyrmion, with a diameter of twenty nanometres.

Employment: Mark currently works for BluPoint Ltd. (https://www.blupoint.org), who aim to create an "offline Internet" platform to disseminate educational and other useful materials to remote communities. His work at BluPoint has allowed his software engineering abilities to positively impact many rural communities.

Mark is also interested in general high-performance computing, videogame design, flight simulation, microcontroller programming, and teaching.