Mark Shannon


Director U.S. NSF Science & Technology, Co-Founder Cbana Laboratories

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Mark A. Shannon is the Director of a U.S. National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Advanced Materials for the Purification of Water with Systems (WaterCAMPWS), which is a multiple university and government laboratory center for advancing the science and engineering of materials and systems for revolutionary improvements in water purification for human use.

He is also the Director of the Micro-Nano-Mechanical Systems (MNMS) Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a 2000 sq. ft class 10 and 100 cleanroom laboratory devoted to research and education in the design and fabrication of micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS & NEMS), microscale fuel cells and gas sensors, micro-nanofluidic sensors for water and biological fluids.

He chairs the Instrument Systems Development Study Session for the National Institutes of Health. He is the James W. Bayne Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UIUC, and received his B.S. (1989) M.S. (1991) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is an author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in top journals and conferences.

He received the NSF Career Award in 1997 to advance microfabrication technologies, the Xerox Award for Excellence in Research (2204), the Kritzer Scholar (2003-2006), the Willet Faculty Scholar (2004-2007), and received the BP Innovation in Education Award in 2006. Finally, he is a co-founder of Cbana Laboratories, Inc. a start-up company developing micro-nanofluidic sensors and micro-gas analyzers.