Meet the Instructor - Mark Fedkin
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 eight 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 811 Solar Thermal Energy for Utilities and Industry
- 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!