Christopher Marks

US Army Operations Research Analyst
Ph.D. Candidate, MIT ORC
Draper Fellow


US Army



Research Interests

I am interested in social media data analytics with an emphasis on inferring sociocultural characteristics from social media data. In particular, I am interested in how political, military, economic, social, infrastructure, and information events and activities correlate with structure in social media data. I am currently studying under Prof. Tauhid Zaman in the Operations Research Center at MIT.

Working Papers
  • Marks, C. E., & Zaman, T. (2016). A multi-urn model for network search. arXiv preprint arXiv:1608.08080.
  • Klausen, J., Marks, C., & Zaman, T. (2016). Finding Online Extremists in Social Networks. arXiv preprint arXiv:1610.06242.

Presentations & Tutorials
  • INFORMS 2015 Twitter Mining Tutorial
  • Finding That Guy: An Exploration of ISIS Social Media Use (INFORMS 2015)
  • A Multi-Urn Model for Network Search (INFORMS 2016)
  • Finding Online Extremists in Social Networks ( 2016 INFORMS Social Media Analytics Best Student Paper)

US Army Experience

Assignments History
2012–2014 US Army TRADOC Analysis Center


Monterey, CA

Research Analyst

Led and participated in multiple research projects including assessing Army training program effectiveness, design and execution of subject matter expert elicitations, optimization of Army Force Generation cycles, and introducing entity autonomy in military simulations.

2009–2012 United States Military Academy


West Point, NY

Assistant Professor

Taught integral calculus, introduction to mathematical modeling, and probability and statistics. Course Director for undergraduate probability & statistics, AY 2011-2012. Co-authored "Applying Bootstrap Methods to System Reliability" (2014).

2003–2007 US Army 4th Infantry Division


Fort Hood, TX


Served as Division Engineer Staff Officer (January 2003—January 2004), 1st Special Troops Battalion Assistant Operations Officer (January 2004—October 2004), 1st Special Troops Battalion & 1-12 Infantry Battalion Engineer Company Commander (October 2004—June 2006), and 4th Brigade Engineer (June 2006—Jun 2007).

1998–2002 US Army 1st Infantry Division


Schweinfurt, Germany


Served in the 9th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team as B Company 1st Platoon Leader (December 1998—November 1999), Assistant Battalion Operations Officer (December 1999—October 2000), and C Company Executive Officer (October 2000—February 2002).

Military Education & Schools
  • 2013  Officer Intermediate Level Education
  • 2012  Operations Research/Systems Analysis Qualification Course
  • 2004  Company Commanders Course
  • 2002  Mechanized Leaders Course
  • 2002  Combined Arms Services Staff School
  • 2002  Engineer Officer Advanced Course
  • 1999  Motor Officer Course
  • 1999  Sling Load Inspector Certification
  • 1998  Engineer Officer Basic Course
  • 1998  Master Fitness Trainer Course
  • 1997  Airborne School

Awards & Decorations

Bronze Star (2)
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal (2)
National Defense Service Medal (2)
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terror Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (3)
NATO Medal
Parachutist Badge


E Company, 1-12 Infantry
Baghdad, Iraq (2006)

  • Kosovo (June—December 1999)
  • Tikrit & Kirkuk, Iraq (March 2003—March 2004)
  • Baghdad, Iraq (December 2005—December 2006)


  • S.M. in Operations Research (MIT, 2009)
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (West Point, 1998)