As director of business development for the Engineering Division, Mark Patterson identifies new business opportunities and potential collaborations for Southern Research’s engineering team in its areas of specialization: high-temperature testing of materials, non-destructive evaluation technologies, mechanical testing of components in extreme conditions, and the development of complex sensing devices.
Over his 30-year career, Patterson has been heavily involved in all aspects of research and development projects and worked with key government agencies and major defense contractors. He has considerable experience in R&D activities, having managed $60 million in projects spanning the complete R&D lifecycle, from funding acquisition to technology development and product delivery. He has directed efforts involving an array of different technologies – sensors, advanced materials, ceramics, additive manufacturing, autonomous systems, and mineral extraction, among others. He has also been involved in efforts focusing on artificial bone implants, nuclear waste, energy, environment, and counter terrorism.
Patterson previously worked in research and technology roles at Hydronalix, a Green Valley, Arizona, startup; the University of Arizona, as director of research initiatives; and defense contractor BAE Systems, where he focused on unmanned aerial vehicles and advanced ceramics.
Patterson holds a doctorate in materials science from the University of Cambridge in England, a master’s degree in materials science from Queens University in Canada, and a bachelor’s in mining engineering/mineral processing from Camborne School of Mines at England’s Exeter University. He has given numerous presentations at national and international conferences, published more than 80 papers, and holds four patents.