Senior VP and Publisher
Mark writes extensively about student financial aid policy. He has testified before Congress about student aid on several occasions.
Mark has been quoted in more than 5,000 newspaper and magazine articles in the last five years. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, Huffington Post, US News & World Report, Newsweek and Time Magazine. He was named a Money Hero by Money Magazine. He is the author of three bestselling books about scholarships and financial aid, including Filing the FAFSA (2015-2016 Edition) and Secrets to Winning a Scholarship.
Mark serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Financial Aid and the editorial advisory board of Bottom Line/Personal (a Boardroom, Inc. publication). He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education and a member of the board of directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association.
Before joining Edvisors, Mark was publisher of the Fastweb and FinAid web sites owned by Monster Worldwide. He has previously been employed at Just Research, the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Bitstream Inc. and the Planning Research Corporation.
Mark is also President of MK Consulting Inc., a consulting firm focused on computer science, artificial intellignece, and statistical and policy analysis.
Mark is ABD on a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He has Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and philosophy from MIT and a Master of Science degree in computer science from CMU. He is also an alumnus of the Research Science Institute program established by Admiral H. G. Rickover.
Mark is a full member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and a national member of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda honor society of graduate and professional students.
Mark is the author of eleven books, including six about student financial aid. His most recent book, Twisdoms about Paying for College, provides concise rules of thumb and other tips that can help save money on college costs. He also has written two books of word puzzles called Laddergrams. He is also the author of the bestselling book, Filing the FAFSA, provides advice on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), including insights into ways of increasing eligibility for need-based financial aid. His previous book, Secrets to Winning a Scholarship provides insider insights and tips to finding and winning scholarships. The book before that, FastWeb College Gold (Harper Collins, September 2006) is a step-by-step guide to paying for college.
Mark holds seven patents relating to novel statistical methods for everything from spelling and grammar correction and affect analysis to language identification and statistical text summarization. His most recent patents concern optimizing the scheduling of diagnostic tests for screening and post-treatment follow-up for cancer and other medical conditions.
In his spare time Mark folds origami models, repairs antique battery-operated toys, creates stained glass panels, and collects Australian Aboriginal Art. He shows and breeds Peterbald cats, a rare breed of hairless housecat.