Mark Wilson is Associate Director of the School of Planning, Design and Construction and a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Michigan State University. He has undergraduate and Master's degrees in economics and commerce from the University of Melbourne (Australia), and an AM and PhD in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Research and teaching interests address urban planning, information technology, economic geography, public policy, and megaevents. Specific research interests focus on two themes: First, the economic, social, and political dimensions of information and communications technologies, with emphasis on the urban and regional impact of the Internet. In 2006 he co-authored with Kenneth Corey, Urban and Regional Technology Planning, which develops strategies for communities to utilize information technology in a global economy. Just completed with Aharon Kellerman and Kenneth Corey is a volume on global information technology trends titled Global Information Society. He serves as Chair of the IGU Commission on the Geography of Global Information Society. A second theme is the planning, land use and economic issues associated with mega events, such as the Olympics and world's fairs, focusing on the planning, urban impact, and place branding dimensions of these events.