Short Biography

Mark is founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Energy Analytics, a distinguished senior fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a contributing editor at City Journal, a faculty fellow at Northwestern University’s school of engineering, and co-founding partner in Montrose Lane. His online PragerU videos have been viewed over 10 million times. He is author of The Cloud Revolution: How the Convergence of New Technologies Will Unleash the Next Economic Boom and a Roaring 2020s, (2021). Previous books include Digital Cathedrals: The Information Infrastructure Era, (2020), Work InThe Age Of Robots (2018), and The Bottomless Well, (2005), about which Bill Gates said, “This is the only book I’ve ever seen that really explains energy.” He served as Chairman/CTO of ICx Technologies helping take it public in a 2007 IPO. Mark served in President Reagan’s White House Science Office and, earlier, was an experimental physicist and development engineer in microprocessors and fiber optics, earning several patents. He earned his physics degree from Queen’s University, Canada.


Full Biography

Mark P. Mills is founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Energy Analytics, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a Contributing Editor for the City Journal at the Manhattan Institute’s and a Faculty Fellow at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. He is a co-founder and strategic partner in Montrose Lane, a software-centric energy-tech venture fund, and a member of the Advisory Board of Yotta, a consortium focused on “the future of digital infrastructure.” 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.

He is author of the bookThe Cloud Revolution: How the Convergence of New Technologies Will Unleash the Next Economic Boom and A Roaring 2020s (Encounter Books, 2021), which rose to #1 in Amazon’s business planning & forecasting rankings. He authored, previously: Digital Cathedrals: The Information Infrastructure Era (Encounter Books, 2020), Work In The Age Of Robots (Encounter Books, 2018), and co-authored “The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy” (Basic Books 2005/2006).  About The Bottomless Well, which rose to #1 in Amazon’s science category, Bill Gates said “this is the only book I’ve ever seen that really explains energy.” Mills writes frequently for various popular publications, including the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Forbes, City JournalReal Clear amongst others.  He has appeared on many radio and TV news and talk shows including CNN, Fox News, CNBC, PBS, NBC and ABC, and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Mark’s online PragerU videos on energy and technology have been viewed over 10 million times.

Mark was earlier a technology advisor for Banc of America Securities, and a co-author of the 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), and the Center for Science Technology & Media.

Mark has frequently 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 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.

Select Media Coverage

US-China climate talks end without a deal

Varney Co, Fox Business, July 20, 2023

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The Cloud Revolution reviews and praise

When Politics and Physics Collide, City Journal, 4/17/24

Net Zero: Path to Zero Growth, Dakota Digital Review, 4/8/24

The Energy to Prevent and Prosecute Wars, City Journal, 3/12/24

‘The War Below’ Review: Digging for Minerals, Wall Street Journal, 3/3/24

Electric Vehicles for Everyone? The Impossible Dream, Manhattan Institute Report, 4/23/23

Testimonials & Endorsements

Praise for The Cloud Revolution

“Makes the exciting—and convincing—case that we’re on the cusp of a fantastic new era of technological breakthroughs that will vastly enrich our lives. What a timely—and much needed—antidote to the debilitating pessimism that now reigns.”

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media

Praise for Public Speaking

“If you want a speaker who will inspire reflection and action among your audience – go with Mark Mills. He is clear and thought provoking, and speaks on technical issues in a common sense and relatable manner.”

Chairman and CEO, Southern Company

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Skagen Fund Keynote

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