Professor Sir Mark Welland

Head of Electrical Engineering at Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

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Master, St Catharine's College, Cambridge
Professor of Nanotechnology, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Professor Sir Mark Welland is the Master of St Catharine's College, and Head of Electrical Engineering at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. He was Chief Scientific Advisor in the UK Ministry of Defence from 2008-2012, where he directed the science and technology programme and chaired the Investment Approvals Board.

He began his scientific career in nanotechnology at IBM Research in New York, developing one of the first scanning tunnelling microscopes. He later moved to Cambridge where he founded the Nanoscience Centre, a purpose-built facility at the University which undertakes a variety of nano-related research programmes of an interdisciplinary nature.

This was the base for the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Nanotechnology of which Sir Welland was the Director and whose highly successful legacy has been far reaching. His current research covers a number of aspects of nanotechnology ranging from sensors for medical applications to understanding and controlling the properties of nanoscale structures and devices.

In 2002 his contributions to nanotechnology research were recognised through his election to Fellowships of the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2011 he was awarded the ‘Office of the Secretary Defence Medal for Exceptional Public Service’ - the highest level non-career award given by the Secretary of Defence and the ‘NNSA Gold Medal' for his 'outstanding leadership and wise counsel as Chief Scientific Advisor to the United Kingdom’ by the US Departments for Defence and Energy.

He was awarded his knighthood in the 2011 Birthday Honours list. He is also a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge.