Dr. Mark A. Meier is a student of many disciplines and has held a fascination for science, engineering, and human progress since his early years. At age 13, he constructed his own six inch Newtonian reflector telescope and came to appreciate the value of instrumentation to see new things about the universe. This was one of many lessons on the power of new observation, and the indispensable role that empiricism and measurement play in developing a truthful and scientific understanding of things. His interest in economics taught him how science and engineering bring abundance and prosperity to our society, and that energy plays an essential role in this regard.
Mark’s career has focused on the development of energy science and technology with a goal for plentiful, more affordable, and widely available energy to sustain the growth, development, and prosperity of modern society. He has worked on prospective next generation energy technologies such as thermonuclear fusion, as well as technologies for the existing energy economy. His inventions and developments range from new instrumentation and measurement capabilities for high temperature plasmas to seismic instruments with new frequencies for exploring previously inaccessible realms of the earth. He holds a B.S. dual degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Tulsa, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is presently a Professor of Physics at the University of Houston.