Mark Watson is a vice president in, and the director of,  the Center for the Advancement of Data and Research in Economics (CADRE) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He joined the Bank in 1997 and assumed management roles starting 1999.  He provides direction for designing and delivering computing environments and analytical data warehousing services for research economists and researchers in the Federal Reserve System. Mark has led the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's efforts to develop expertise in High-Performance Computing, parallel data warehousing technologies, and big data initiatives.
Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Mark spent 15 years working in the Department of Energy's nuclear weapons complex as a technical programmer, administrator of databases and Unix environments, and precision measurement inspection.
Mark holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri Kansas City and studied ceramic engineering at the University of Missouri Rolla.