Advisory Board

Mark P. A. Ciotola, J.D.

Mark P. A. Ciotola, J.D. is Project Supervisor for Astronomy Masters Students at Swinburne University of Technology and author of Energy of the State 2008.
Mark earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985, where he served as in intern for the Wisconsin State Development Commission and Congressperson Les Aspin. He earned his J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1988, a law school spin off from M.I.T. with a strong focus on intellectual property. He graduated International Space University in 2004. He earned his second BS in physics, with concentration in astronomy at San Francisco State University in 2006.
While at Franklin Pierce, Mark worked for the Germeshausen Center for the Law of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He came to the San Francisco bay areas as a contractor at NASA Ames Research Center projects including the NASA Hastings Legal Research Project and the Joint Enterprise for Aerospace Research and Technology Transfer. Later, he helped to market patented technology at the NASA Ames Commercial Technology Office as an employee of San Jose State University Foundation and San Francisco State University.
He has recently worked as a database contractor at clients such as Genentech, Applied Biosystems, Levi Strauss & Co., and Kaiser. He presently serves as president of the National Solar Power Research Institute, Inc. and is Technology Director for the Pavilion of Research & Commerce. He also teaches “Develop, Patent and Market Your Idea” at San Francisco State University.
Past entrepreneurial experience includes publisher of the Wind Point News and Top News for Space Lawyers, proprietor of Campus & Community Realty, and founder of Tyrannosaurus Rex Corp.
Read his From Thermodynamics to Civilization to Economic Bubbles and A Thermodynamic Perspective on Profits. Read his LinkedIn profile.