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The proposition that we are nearing an era of “peak energy demand” requires believing that innovation is over, and similarly that we’ve seen the end of normal economic and social behaviors. Technology and demographic trends in fact suggest that the recent past is in an interregnum, not a “new normal” when it comes to energy demand.
NCAC Lunch Presentation Speaker:
Mark P. Mills is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a Faculty Fellow at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, and co-director of the Northwestern Institute for Manufacturing Science & Innovation. He’s also a strategic partner in Cottonwood Venture Partners, a boutique venture fund focused on the digital oilfield. Earlier he cofounded and was chief tech strategist for Digital Power Capital, and served as chairman and CTO of ICx Technologies helping take it public in a 2007 IPO. And for nearly a decade prior to an acquisition in 2008 by HP, he was the independent Director for EYP Mission Critical Facilities, a leading datacenter design and engineering firm.
Mills writes a tech column for Forbes and is coauthor of the book The Bottomless Well (Basic Books, 2005) which rose to #1 in Amazon’s science and math rankings, and about which Bill Gates said: “This is the only book I’ve ever seen that really explains energy.” He frequently writes for other publications including the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, USA Today and RealClear. Mills has testified numerous times before the U.S. Congress, and has appeared on many news and TV/radio talk shows from CNN, FOX, and NBC, to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Mills was earlier a technology adviser for Bank of America Securities, and a coauthor of a successful tech investment newsletter, the Huber-Mills Digital Power Report. He served as a staff consultant in the White House Science Office under President Ronald Reagan.
Early in his career he was an experimental physicist and development engineer in the fields of microprocessors, fiber optics, missile guidance, nuclear energy and non-proliferation, and he worked at Bell Northern Research (Canada’s Bell Labs), and the RCA David Sarnoff Research Center. He holds several patents from his early career, and has a degree in physics from Queen’s University, Canada.
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