Mark Shwartz has been part of the PIE communications team since 2011. His primary focus is to inform the public about the broad scope of energy technology research at Stanford through news releases, videos, electronic newsletters and the Web. Mark began his career at Stanford in 2000 as a science writer/videographer with the Stanford News Service. Before joining Stanford, he ran an independent TV production company, producing award-winning documentaries and news features for National Geographic Television, PBS, TBS and other broadcasters. Prior to that, he was a staff producer for NBC Nightly News and the Today Show, and an investigative producer with KRON-TV and KPIX-TV in San Francisco. Mark holds a B.A. in biology and a minor in journalism from the University of California-Santa Cruz.