EME 810
Solar Resource Assessment and Economics

Meet the Instructor - Mark

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Mark Fedkin

Welcome to EME 810!

Hello! My name is Mark Fedkin. I am an Assistant Teaching Professor and Lead Faculty for the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (RESS) at Penn State. 

The main areas of my professional interest are renewable energy and environmental sustainability. I received my Ph.D. in Geo-Environmental Engineering from Penn State University in 2003. Over the past ten years, I worked for the Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute at Penn State, doing research on a variety of renewable energy technologies, especially electrochemical energy systems – fuel cells, electrolyzers, and electrochemical sensors. In my studies, I was particularly focused on energy conversion mechanisms that take place at both macro- and  nano-scale.  At the same time, having a diverse *geo*–background (I also have a BS in Geology), I have always been interested in the complex interplay between the global natural and anthropogenic processes, their trends, and feedbacks between them in the planet history.  

I have been teaching and developing courses for RESS for four years now and very much enjoy working with the diverse professional audience in this program. I highly appreciate all the life experience and passion RESS students and faculty bring into the classroom, creating unique atmosphere for peer learning and innovation.  

At Penn State, I have taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, all of which in one way or another explore the roots and components of global energy sustainability:

  • EGEE 420 Hydrogen Technology and Fuel Cells
  • EME 807 Technologies for Sustainability Systems (RESS)
  • EME 810 Solar Resource Assessment and Economics (RESS)
  • EME 812 Utility Solar Power and Concentration (RESS)
  • EGEE 102 Energy Conservation for Environmental Protection
  • EARTH 002 The Earth System

I am excited about the new semester and look forward to meeting you online!

If you have questions about this course or RESS Program in general, please feel free to reach out to me by email at mvf3@psu.edu