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'We now live in an exciting era of technology, what a time to be alive!'

This Week: Mark Price

Holiday destination: Mark is planning a visit to China
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Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?

A: Do something that you really love.

Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in engineering?

A: Follow your dream, don't be afraid to take chances to get there.

Q: What was your best career/business decision?

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A: I really enjoyed my time in the private sector, but I'd have to say moving into academia at QUB has been my best decision.

Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?

A: Rock star!

Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?

A: My last holiday was in Spain skiing in the Sierra Nevada and I'm heading to China later this month.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests?

A: I love learning new languages (I speak Spanish, French and Mandarin) and also play the clarinet.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: I used to enjoy following football but have been too busy lately.

Q: And have you ever played any sports?

A: I used to play a lot of football back in the day, but my biggest passion was Taekwondo until injury forced me to stop.

Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?

A: Too many to list! Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Lord of the Rings or any of Terry Pratchett's or Neal Asher's brilliant books.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: Idylic.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: Being an optimist, I think Northern Ireland will really thrive as the new industrial revolution kicks in.

Q: How would you assess your time in business?

A: Exhilarating! I've always loved the world of engineering so to have been lucky enough to have worked in industry during such a time of change, and now to work in the university alongside industry, is a real pleasure. We live in an exciting era of technology and societal change - it's a great time to be alive!

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Holiday destination: Mark is planning a visit to China