Mark Newburn - Biography

Mark Newburn grew up in Las Vegas, graduating from Rancho High School in North Las Vegas where he was an honor student and an all state athlete. He attended UNLV where he was one of the first students in Computer Science, earning both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree from the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Out of college, Mark worked for EG&G in support of the Nevada Test Site. Later he moved away to further his graduate education. Mark has worked for some of the top commercial technology companies where he specialized in Virtual Reality. After returning to Las Vegas, Mark founded Vizics Inc., a small software technology company. Thirty five years in the high tech field have taught Mark the important role Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education can play in job creation and the diversification of the economy.

Mark Newburn's interest in education flows in part from the fact that his mother was an elementary school teacher and his father, Dr. Dan Newburn, was an eight year member and two term President of the Clark County Board of School Trustees. Mr. Newburn currently has daughter and a daughter-in-law working as teachers. Mark and his wife have 5 children and 4 grandchildren who are now the fourth generation to attend public school in Nevada.

As a longtime education advocate, Mr. Newburn serves on several STEM related educational boards. Mark serves on the Northwest Career and Technical Academy Engineering Advisory Board and the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering Advisory Board. He serves as chair of the UNLV Computer Science Department Industry Advisory Board, where he co-founded UNLV's first scholarship for Computer Science. He is the past President of UNLV's College of Engineering Alumni Chapter.

In 2012, Mark was elected to the Nevada State Board of Education in District 4. Mr. Newburn has taken the lead in several STEM education related initiatives. In recognition of the importance of STEM education to the New Nevada's economy, last fall Governor Sandoval appointed Mr. Newburn to the Nevada State Advisory Council on STEM, where he currently serves as co-chair. Earlier this year, he was elected Vice President of the Nevada State Board of Education by his fellow board members and selected to chair the new High School Graduation Requirements Subcommittee. Through hard work and a student outcome focus, the new state board has become one of the most highly respected boards in the state.

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