Mark also is responsible for Sikorsky Advanced Programs, including the X2 Technology™ Demonstrator, and for technical oversight of Sikorsky Research & Development projects, advanced concepts development and technology maturation. He provides senior management leadership for Sikorsky strategic initiatives including e-Engineering and Engineering Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE). In addition, Mark holds a position on the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Technical Council and leads the UT500 Corporate improvement initiative for UTC Engineering.
Prior to joining Sikorsky Aircraft, Mark held the position of Deputy Vice President, Engineering and Advanced Programs at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. In this role he was responsible for leading a 1,000+ person Engineering organization supporting all Skunk Works' commercial and military programs from capture to first article fabrication and verification testing. Mark's successes at the Skunk Works were well recognized, with the Lockheed Martin Nova Award, for Teamwork in 1997 and for Leadership in 1995. He also received the Lockheed Robert E. Gross Award for Technical Excellence/Scientist of the Year in 1993, as well as the California Engineer's Council Award for Distinguished Engineering Project Achievement.
Mark received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He currently serves on the Aerospace Advisory Board for the University of Maryland, the Aerospace Engineering Industrial Advisory Board for the California Polytechnic State University, the School of Engineering Advisory Board for Fairfield University, the School of Engineering Advisory Board for the University of New Haven, and the Lean Aerospace Initiative Board. He also is a member of AHS and AIAA, and serves as Chairman of the Center for Rotorcraft Innovation (CRI), formally the Rotorcraft Industry Technology Association, Inc. (RITA).