Dr Mark Harwood
Mark Harwood completed his tertiary education at the University of Sydney where he received B.Sc., B.E. (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees. His postgraduate studies were focused on radiotelescopes and computer techniques for antenna design and measurement.
Mark played a key role in the development of Australia’s national satellite system from its inception in 1980. He was responsible for the conceptual system design and payload system for four generations of Optus satellites. These satellites were designed to deliver direct-to-home television services and general communications services throughout Australia and New Zealand. Mark has now retired from Optus where he was General Manager, Strategy and Planning for the satellite business.
During his university years, Mark was something of a ‘closet Christian’ because he could not understand the basis of his faith. He assumed that God must have created through the processes of evolution (theistic evolution) but that idea provided no meaningful basis for Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. When he was confronted on the historical truth of Genesis he realised that the early chapters of Genesis were actually true and fundamental to the Christian faith. His subsequent journey of investigation convinced him of the theological and scientific basis of the Genesis account of creation.
Dr Harwood is now employed by CMI as a speaker and has oversight of the Australian support groups and speaker development program. Today, he speaks passionately about the relevance and the scientific integrity of the Genesis creation account, both in Australia and internationally.