Mark P. Mills is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a Faculty Fellow at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. He is a partner in Cottonwood Venture Partners, a venture fund focused on the ‘digital oil field.’ He is as well a member of the Advisory Board of the Notre Dame Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values. He was formerly the co-founder and chief tech strategist for Digital Power Capital, a boutique venture fund, where co-founded and served as Chairman and CTO of ICx Technologies helping take it public in a 2007 IPO (later purchased by FLIR), and in addition served on numerous Boards, including as Chairman (and an interim CEO) of a lithium battery start-up. And for seven years prior to an acquisition in 2008 by HP, he was the independent Director on the Board of EYP Mission Critical Facilities, one of the world’s leading data center design and engineering firms, a pioneer in green data center design and energy efficiency in high-density computing environments.
He writes the Energy Intelligence column for Forbes and is co-author of the book, “The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy” (Basic Books 2005/2006) which rose to #1 in th Amazon science category, and has been published in various popular publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times Magazine, as well as professional publications. He has appeared on many news and talk shows including CNN, Fox News, CNBC, PBS, NBC and ABC, and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Mark was earlier a technology advisor for Banc of America Securities, and a co-author of the successful energy-tech investment newsletter, the Huber-Mills Digital Power Report, published by Forbes and the Gilder Group. He has organized and served as Chair for numerous Forbes technology conferences, and founded and chaired a series of Digital Power investment technology conferences. He has been responsible for creating and directing several non-profit organizations including; the Electric Council for the Economy, the Critical Power Coalition (white paper available), the Center for Science Technology & Media; the ElectroTechnology Marketing Group.
Mark has testified before the U.S. Congress and briefed many state public service commissions and state legislators, as well as serving as an expert witness on energy-economic issues. Earlier, Mark founded and ran an energy technology consulting business with several hundred clients. He served as a staff consultant to The White House Science Office under President Reagan, a number of the Federal Research Laboratories, the (former) Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and the U.S. Department of Energy. He worked as science advisor for the Atomic Industrial Forum, and spent the week of the accident at the site of Three Mile Island. He co-founded and served as Executive Director of Scientists & Engineers for Secure Energy where he worked with a number of the iconic scientists of the 20th century including Dr. Edward Teller and Nobelist Dr. Eugene Wigner.
Early in his career, Mark was an experimental physicist and development engineer for RCA in the fields of integrated circuits and microprocessors in both development and production fabs, and the RCA Sarnoff Research Center. He also worked at RCA OptoElectronics and Bell Northern Research (NORTEL) in fiber optics, defense and solid-state devices, fields in which he holds several patents. And earlier, he worked for Eldorado Nuclear (now Cameco), a uranium mining and refining company. Mark holds a BSc Honours degree in physics from Queen’s University, Canada, and is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Physical Society and Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers.