Mark W. Verbrugge

Mark W. Verbrugge

Mark W. Verbrugge

Director, Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory | General Motors R&D Center

Mark Verbrugge started his GM career in 1986 with the GM Research Labs after receiving his doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the College of Chemistry at the University of California (Berkeley).  After a decade in research, Mark became a Chief Engineering and oversaw the development of energy management systems for various GM electrified vehicles.  In 2002, Mark rejoined GM Research as a Lab director; his Chemical and Materials Systems Laboratory today maintains global research programs ranging from chemistry, physics, and materials science to the development of structural subsystems and energy storage devices. 

Mark is a Board Member of the United States Automotive Materials Partnership LLC and the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC, and an adjunct professor for the Department of Physics, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.    

Mark’s research efforts resulted in his receiving the Norman Hackerman Young Author Award and the Energy Technology Award from the Electrochemical Society as well as GM internal awards including the John M. Campbell Award for research accomplishments, twice the Charles L. McCuen Award for inventions substantially influencing GM products, and twice the Boss Kettering Award, the highest technical award given by GM.  Mark received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Council for Automotive Research, and two R&D 100 Awards (2017 and 2019).  Mark is a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.