Meet Mark Fraser

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Roar is very excited to welcome Mark Fraser to our team! Mark attained a Ph.D from McMaster University and is excited to join us as a Materials and Metallurgical Engineering expert! Here are some questions we asked him to get to know him a little better:

Q – Tell us a bit about yourself: Where are you from? What are your interests and hobbies?
A -I grew up nearby in Oakville, Ontario and then moved to Hamilton for my university education. After finishing my university career, I went on a life-changing trip to New Zealand and Australia, hiking volcanoes, rafting 7m waterfalls and surfing in the Pacific.

Q –  Where did you chose to study?
A -I completed a Bachelor of Engineering & Management at McMaster University in Hamilton, and then went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Materials Science also at McMaster.

Q -What do you do/what are you passionate about and why did you choose to do what you do? Any unknown facts about your line of work?
A – As a Materials Engineering graduate I learned about why different materials behave the way that they do and how their properties and usage affect their behaviour, which included studying how and why materials fail. In my position at Roar, conducting forensic engineering analyses with a focus on metallurgical engineering, I examine a material or system that has failed and use fracture analysis techniques, coupled with an understanding of the environment, to ascertain what was the cause of the material’s failure.

I chose to pursue this line of work because I have a strong desire to understand how things work, and this inherently includes understanding how things fail. Something that people may not realize is that when a material fails, it leaves behind a set of clues in the form of marks, surface patterns and characteristic topographic features, that act as a roadmap to understanding how and why the material may have failed.

Q -What are you looking forward to doing or learning at Roar?
A – I am looking forward to tackling a new, unique challenge everyday and am excited to broaden my scope of expertise while earning my P.Eng. designation.

Q – What TV show are you watching right now?
A – I am currently watching Broadchurch, a British detective drama, New Girl, Game of Thrones, and whatever program is showing a Maple Leafs game..

Q – A quote you live by?
A -“Don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff.”