Executive in Residence


The Executive in Residence (EIR) is a respected and senior leader in the technology community that provides intimate access and is a resource for both McCormick undergraduate and graduate students outside the typical classroom environment. 

Highlights of an EIR include: 

  • Hosting office hours each quarter to advise students.
  • Providing two lectures on industry topics relevant to his/her career during the academic year.
  • Acknowledging the EIR appointment for one academic year.

MEM Executive in Residence 2022-2023

Mark Johnson

The Master of Engineering Management Program welcomes Mark Johnson, clean energy startup founder and innovation director, as the Executive in Residence for the 2022-2023 academic year.


MBA Loyola Chicago
BA University of Notre Dame


Mark Johnson is the founder of two clean energy startups - Helpanswers.org and CleanestCharge.com - and the Director of Energy & Utilities Innovation at Blockchains. Blockchain is digital cryptographic database accounting providing unique identifiers to outputs like units of electrical energy or clean energy credits.

At Blockchains Mark leads Energy and Utilities Innovation which discovers, applies and deploys technology to energy to track, trace, trade and retire kWhs and clean energy credits. This work is built upon his years perfecting and patenting clean energy blockchain. Along the way Mark founded two 501(c)3 not-for-profit startups, served as Smart Cities Chief of Schneider Electric, led the U.S. Department of Energy ARRA program for 2,500 cities, counties and states, and worked as a senior consultant for both IBM and Navigant (now Guidehouse Energy and Utilities).

His work and interests are clean energy: especially engineering new synergistic technologies together like DC-coupling solar + battery energy storage + electric vehicle fast charging with kWhs and clean energy credits tracked, traced, traded and retired. This creative engineering approach engages teamwork, techno-economic financial analysis, financing, partners, suppliers, and market readiness.

Mark and his wife, who is originally from Sri Lanka, have 4 adult children across the United States. He looks forward to helping MEM students with:

  • Projects to join or new project idea
  • Introductions to companies
  • Referrals for Jobs
  • Coaching
  • Questions/Answers
  • 1-on-1 Meetings

Read more about Mark's work in "Using Blockchain for Clean Energy."

Mark Johnson LinkedIn Profile