Dr Mark Patterson is the Principal Scientist and Director of Business Development for Southern Research Institute Engineering Division.  He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Cambridge, UK, a M.Sc. in Extractive Metallurgy from Queens University in Canada and a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from Camborne School of Mines in the UK.  He has over 30 years of experience in Research and Development, and has managed over $60M in new technology development efforts that have expanded current knowledge and approaches to embrace new ideas and opportunities.  He is experienced in the complete R&D life-cycle, necessary to establish funding; develop ideas and concepts, and to transition technology to the end user supporting both the defense as well as commercial industries.  His career has included large companies, BAE Systems, Alcan, and Raytheon as well as small businesses and academia, and he has experience across a wide range of technology disciplines including; sensors, autonomous platforms, advanced materials, ceramics, counter terrorism, counter narcotics, energy, additive manufacturing, bone regeneration, nuclear waste, plasma processing, climate change, mineral exploration and mineral extraction. 

During his career he has published over 80 publications many of which are in pier reviewed journals, holds 4 patents and has made numerous presentations at both national and international conferences.  He was the technical secretariat for MIL-17 Handbook on Ceramic Matrix Composites Vol 5. (first published in 2004) and worked as a SETA (Scientific, Engineering and Technology Associate) for DARPA for 5 years supporting programs out of the Defense Sciences Office and the Tactical Technology Office.

He is an expeditionary scientist who has promoted the use of new robotic and sensing technologies in areas where these new capabilities and tools were previously underutilized, and supported robotic operations that for the first time involved data collection for climate change measurements, from autonomous platforms in Mount St Helens (2004), the Indian Ocean (2006) and Nepal (2010).  He has established new processing methodologies for the fabrication of optical ceramics adopted by Lockheed Martin for their Sniper XR targeting pod and ceramic tool-bit inserts for machining of composites and advanced super-alloys.

In his current role at Southern Research he is interested in promoting new manufacturing methodologies and techniques that will link the digital and real world, and allow an improved understanding of how to manufacture parts with improved and predictable properties.  By understanding and linking process and microstructural models with material property models it is hoped that we can manufacture final complex components that behave in a known and reliable manner for their predicted life.  The goal here is to generate knowledge that allows manufacturers to both improve upon current processes and to certify parts made by new processes such as additive manufacturing.

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