Director, Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory at General Motors
Mark Verbrugge started his career at GM Research Labs in 1986 after receiving his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of California (Berkeley), College of Chemistry. In 1996, he was awarded a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Fellowship. After completing his MBA, Mark returned to GM as the chief engineer for Energy Management Systems within Advanced Technology Vehicles (ATV).
In 2002, Mark rejoined the GM Research Labs as director of the Materials and Processes Lab, which maintains global research programs ranging from chemistry, physics, and materials science to the development of structural subsystems and energy storage devices. The lab has since expanded in scope and is now the Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory. Mark has published and patented in the areas of electroanalytical methods, polymer electrolytes, advanced batteries and supercapacitors, fuel cells, high-temperature air-to-fuel-ratio sensors, surface coatings, compound semiconductors, and various manufacturing processes related to automotive applications of structural materials.
Mark has been honored with the Norman Hackerman Young Author Award, the Energy Technology Award from the Electrochemical Society, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Council for Automotive Research, and an R&D 100 Award. He is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.