Mark Spicknall has worked in the shipbuilding industry for 20 years and in addition has spent 16 years in a leading research faculty.  He is a qualified naval architect and has experience building submarines, naval surface and commercial vessels, as well as pleasure craft.  His areas of focus include operations planning and management, production engineering, dimensional management, process design, estimating, and strategy development. 

Mark was on the research faculty at the University of Michigan (UM), where he conducted process improvement research with many shipyards and the US Navy, and taught shipbuilding and yacht design courses within the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  While at UM, Mark also did research with the automobile industry, and in the areas of design technology and technology investment management. 

Mark continues to teach shipyard operations management as part of the US Navy’s Summer Professional Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was also Editor of the Journal of Ship Production between 1996 and 2001.

Mark holds an MBA and is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.