Mark Spencer


Mark Spencer’s path in life has been anything but conventional. After receiving a PhD in physical chemistry from M.I.T., Mark pursued two postdoctoral fellowships and an eight-year tenure at NASA Ames Research Center in California. At NASA he measured the light absorbing patterns of gases in the atmosphere.

When he moved his new family to Andover, he traded in his spectrometer for a camera and opened a high-end portrait photography studio. Carriage House Portraits earned a reputation over fourteen years for its large-sized portraits that are frequently mistaken as paintings.

Sensing a need to get back into science, he closed the studio, went back to M.I.T. for one year and became the Director of Technology at Agiltron, a contract research and development company. In 2010 he yielded to his entrepreneurial calling by purchasing AquaMetrix, a small manufacturer of water quality products. He has spent the last six years growing the company into a well-respected maker of sensors and controllers for the industrial water market. Mark’s textbook on water quality instrumentation is due out later this year.

Mark has channeled his commitment to community services through several organizations and causes. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Andover since 1995 where he launched Citizens Who Care, a program that recognizes the work of the community’s “unsung heroes” through a gala and traveling exhibit. Using his expertise in water, he helped start a Rotary project to bring clean water to an orphanage in Kenya.

Mark served on the board for the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity for six years and continues to volunteer for this organization. He served on the advisory board for the Andover Chamber Music Series for seven years. Spencer was a trustee of the Memorial Hall Library for eight years. As a trustee, he headed the “Jazz at the Hall” series of jazz concerts in Andover that ran for six years. As a member of the Andover Culture Council in 2004, Mark helped launch Andover Day, now the biggest event in the Andover community calendar. Some in town know Mark as the “banner guy” who changed our laws to allow banners promoting town events to hang over Main Street. Starting in 2014, he initiated and chaired the Shawsheen River Greenway to restore public access to the Shawsheen River.