Mr. Mark Wells

Research Scientist II, S2, Center for Applied Optics


Mr. Mark Wells received a MS in Material Science and Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1983, and BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Industrial Technology in 1980 and 1981 from Western Kentucky University. He also completed all coursework requirements for a PhD in Material Science and Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1989. Mr. Wells spent 3 years at the General Electric Co. in Hendersonville, TN performing mechanical design on commercial products; 7 years at the Space Programs division of Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama where he worked on space flight hardware design and instrumentation; and 7 years at the Huntsville Engineering Office for the University of California working on the design and analysis of space flight instrumentation for biotechnology research. Mr. Wells owns and has operated a small business since 1986 specializing in the design and fabrication of scientific instruments. In 2003 Mr. Wells joined the staff of the Center for Applied Optics at The University of Alabama in Huntsville as a Research Engineer and has worked on “Lab on a Chip” technology development, high altitude aerial observation system design (WAVE), automated docking system design (NAVGS), and ground based telescope design. His principal activities are mechanical design and analysis, optomechanical design, manufacturing, and materials selection. He teaches a class in Optomechanical Design and Manufacturing (OSE 670). He holds four patents with two additional patents pending and has authored or co-authored 11 publications.


  • Ph.D., Material Science and Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1989
  • M.S., Material Science and Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1983
  • B.S., Industrial Technology, Western Kentucky University, 1981
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering Technology, Western Kentucky University, 1980