Mark Nail, from Leawood, Kansas, studied Mechanical Engineering (B.S.), Computer Science (Minor), and Business (Minor) at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and the Jeffrey S. Raikes School and was a member of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. During his time at UNL, he found something he truly loved doing through research at the Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems (NIMBUS) Lab under the guidance of Dr. Sebastian Elbaum and Dr. Carrick Detweiler.

This research opportunity allowed him to make Honorable Mention for the Goldwater Scholarship his junior year and receive the scholarship in his senior year. He was also awarded an Honorable Mention for the NSF GRFP his senior year, through his work in the NIMBUS Lab.