Governor-elect Mary Fallin selects Mike Ming as Energy Secretary

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report

Published: 05-Jan-2011

Governor-elect Mary Fallin today (Wednesday, January 5) selected Mike Ming as secretary of energy.

Ming most recently served as President of Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America, a 10-year, $500 million 501(c)3 non-profit organization with over 180 members representing the energy industry, academia and research community.

“Energy is one of Oklahoma’s top industries that has played a vital role in job creation and has had a huge impact on our state’s economy.  Mike Ming knows the energy industry and brings with him a wealth of experience and contacts in all aspects of energy,” said Fallin.

Ming started out as a drilling and production engineer for Chevron, U.S.A. He has served in a variety of capacities in the energy industry, including vice president of production for Oklahoma City-based Bracken Energy Company. Ming was vice president of engineering at K. Stewart Petroleum Corporation of Oklahoma City and was a managing member of Edmond-based K. Stewart Energy Group.

Ming served as a strategic advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy for the department’s strategic planning initiative.  He’s a frequent national lecturer along with being a published expert on research and development of renewable energy and traditional energy sources.  In 2009, he was appointed a member of the Oklahoma Clean Energy Independence Commission.

“I’m honored to serve in Governor-elect Fallin’s cabinet and I look forward to serving in her administration as we work to build upon and expand Oklahoma as a national leader not only in oil and natural gas but in all forms of research and production of energy,” Ming said.

Ming served as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Business Energy Management Program.  He is a frequent lecturer on the topic of energy at OU and the University of Tulsa as well as at other universities around the nation.

Ming obtained a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and a master’s degree in engineering management, both from Stanford University.  He attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, earning academic honors.

He and his wife Diane live in Edmond.