Mark Holl is the Chief Engineer for the Compact X-ray Free Electron Laser Project (CXFEL) at ASU. He is also Deputy Director of Beus CXFEL Labs and a member of the research faculty in the Biodesign Institute Center for Applied Structural Discovery.
Holl is an experienced interdisciplinary engineer with extensive experience in the management of complex instrument development and facility integration projects. He will apply his strong background in engineering design, system integration, and control system development to project objectives. He serves as the principal point of contact for the CXFEL technical baseline to the Project Director (William Graves) and is responsible for maintaining technical requirements while ensuring all necessary elements of the project are compatible and integrated.
Holl manages the design review process of CXFEL projects to ensure they meet technical performance and system engineering requirements. He also manages and controls the CXFEL technical specifications and drawings database and maintains authority over all design documentation.
His work on the CXFEL project involves assessing engineering design and system integration aspects of project execution and ensuring that the project’s scope, schedule, and budget align with the Performance Measurement Baseline, including risk assessment. He prepares engineering design and system integration-specific input to the monthly status report and submits change requests applicable to engineering design and system integration. His work is closely aligned and integrated with that of the project manager (David Winkel).
Holl received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University, Pullman, in 1986, and MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle.
His background includes two post-doctoral fellowships in bioengineering with an emphasis on the development of microfluidic systems for the analysis of biological samples. His postdoctoral work resulted in being a founding member of a startup venture developing micro total analysis system technologies. He has also led engineering development of multiple large-scale instrument and facility development efforts at Arizona State University.
Additional background experiences include membership on the research faculty in Electrical Engineering at University of Washington, multiple engineering and science roles at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, where he is an Associate Research Professor.
Holl has an application-driven orientation and seeks translational pathways in research innovation for socially beneficial outcomes. As an interdisciplinary engineer and scientist, he has a broad range of interests which are a perfect match to the nexus of disciplines required for CXFEL development. These interests include multi-domain modeling and multi-physics simulations, instrument design and systems integration, design of facilities scientific instrumentation, micro total analysis systems; microscale systems for biological applications; automated sample delivery for XFEL analysis.
Professor Holl is committed to ensuring CXFEL project success as member of the integrated project team. His expertise in engineering design and system integration, coupled with his attention to detail, makes him an invaluable asset to the CXFEL team.