The Edmond Sun

January 5, 2011

Fallin selects Edmond’s Ming as energy secretary

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Gov.-elect Mary Fallin today selected Mike Ming of Edmond as secretary of energy.

Ming told The Edmond Sun  Wednesday afternoon that he plans to work hard for the Fallin administration to better the state of Oklahoma’s energy prospects for the future.

“I think energy policy in Oklahoma has to focus on Oklahoma’s resources. We’re an energy-producing state — natural gas, oil, wind — all of the above,” Ming said. “Policy has to focus on that.”

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

“The economy begins with energy. If you do energy right, everything else works better and you create jobs,” Ming said.

He will advocate for Oklahoma’s resources while advising the governor in regard to policy. Fallin said energy is one of Oklahoma’s top industries that has played a vital role in job creation and has had a huge impact on the state’s economy.

“Mike Ming knows the energy industry and brings with him a wealth of experience and contacts in all aspects of energy,” Fallin said.

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.

Ming said he is honored to serve in Fallin’s cabinet 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.

“ ... Focusing on what we do and focusing on our resources I think is this administration’s goal and my goal,” 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 earned 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.