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Distinguished Engineer Citations

Mark Gary Mark Gary


Distinguished Engineer



B.S. Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, 1998


At time of Nomination in 2021

Mark Gary is a senior vice president at Texas Instruments, where he leads the global semiconductor company's multibillion-dollar Analog Power Products organization. He joined TI in 1998, just three weeks after graduating from Texas Tech with dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Since then, the Lubbock, Texas, native's 25-year career has included a variety of engineering and management roles inside TI's analog businesses, including linear power, battery management solutions and buck switching regulators. 

When Mark was a teenager, he started tinkering with the stereo systems in his car, gaining an early look into electronic systems. Later, as cellular phones became more prevalent in the early 1990s, he became curious about how they worked and what a cellular network looked like. Thus began his interest in becoming an electrical engineer. He joined TI as a product engineer and later moved into a variety of business roles, discovering his aptitude for leading teams and strategy. One of his proudest legacies at TI is helping to expand and grow its catalog automotive business. In 2004, TI had a single product line in catalog automotive with a revenue of $27 million. Now, the company has grown its automotive revenue to over $5 billion in 2022 – representing one-quarter of TI's business and a significant part of its long-term growth plans. 

Even after working in TI's Midland (Texas), Sherman (Texas), Manchester (New Hampshire) and Dallas (Texas) offices, Mark's Red Raider involvement runs deep. Since 2015, he has been TI's executive sponsor for Texas Tech recruitment. He remains closely involved with the College of Engineering, helping it remain competitive with a curriculum that prepares students with the skills and knowledge the industry looks for in electrical engineers. Mark enjoys working with the university to strengthen the TI talent pipeline and finds great satisfaction in helping new college graduates join the company, excel in their work, and take on bigger roles throughout their careers – preparing them to become future company leaders themselves. After earning a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, he has gone on to establish numerous development programs at TI to help develop future leaders as they make the transition from engineering to management roles.

Mark and his wife, Jennifer, have been married for 23 years. They live in Lucas, Texas, with their two boys, Ryan, and Trent, and enjoy cross-country road trips with their dog, Tink, in tow. He is closely involved with TI's United Way and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation campaigns and remains passionate about sharing his love of STEM with others.