Student Bio

Mark Jackson is currently a 5th year student in Penn State's Architectural Engineering program. He will graduate in May of 2015 with a focus on Construction Management. Mark hopes to someday work in residential construction industry.

For the last three summers Mark has operated his own general contracting business performing residential construction and repairs. Using the 3D modeling program "Sketchup" Mark was able to help customers finalize their ideas. By performing take-offs from the models Mark was able to accurately estimate costs of the projects, as well as create a project schedule. Mark also created 3D models of laboratory spaces at Penn State to help faculty and staff plan furniture and equipment layouts.

Since 2004 Mark has spent one week each summer as part of a short term mission trip team that works in Fairmont, West Virginia. The team performs work on the homes of people who were elderly, disabled, or simply couldn't afford the repairs their houses needed. Starting in 2010 Mark worked as team leader, directing his teams' project site, including demolition, waste disposal, materials procurement, construction, and safety training. Work performed included rough and finish carpentry, roofing, installation of windows and doors, insulation, and minor electrical and plumbing work.

In his free time Mark enjoys woodworking, firearms marksmanship, and researching military history. Mark is also active in his local church.