‘It’s an exciting era of technology, what a time to be alive’
Q what’s the best piece of business (or life) advice you’ve ever been given? ADO something that you really love. Qwhat piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in engineering?
A follow your dream, don’t be afraid to take chances to get there.
Q what was your best career/ business decision? AI really enjoyed my time in the private sector, but I’d have to say moving into academia at QUB has been my best decision. QIF you weren’t doing this job, what would be your other career?
A rock star.
Q what was your last holiday? Where are you going next?
A MY last holiday was in Spain skiing in the Sierra Nevada and I’m heading to China later this month.
Q what are your hobbies/ interests?
A I love learning new languages (I speak Spanish, French and Mandarin) and also play the clarinet.
Q what is your favourite sport and team?
A I used to enjoy following football but have been too busy lately.
Q and have you ever played any sports?
A I used to play a lot of football back in the day, but my biggest passion was Taekwondo until injury forced me to give it up.
Q IF you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?
A too many to list. Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Lord of the Rings or any of Terry Pratchett’s or Neal Asher’s brilliant books.
Q how would you describe your early life?
Q have you any economic predictions?
A being an optimist, I think Northern Ireland will really thrive as the new industrial revolution kicks in.
Q how would you assess your time in business?
A exhilarating. I’ve always loved the world of engineering so to have been lucky enough to have worked in industry during such a time of change, and now to work in the university alongside industry, is a real pleasure.
We live in an exciting era of technology and societal change — it’s a great time to be alive.
Holiday destination: Mark is planning a visit to China