EME 811
Solar Thermal Energy for Utilities and Industry

Instructor Information


Welcome to EME 811: Solar Thermal Energy for Utilities and Industry!


Lucas Witmer

Dr. Mark V. Fedkin, Teaching Faculty in the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (RESS) and Research Associate at the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Penn State University.

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 the micro-, nano-, and atomistic scale.  At the same time, having a diverse *geo*–background (I also have a BS in Geology), I have always been interested in global natural and anthropogenic processes, their trends and interactions in the planet history.  

I have been teaching and developing courses for RESS for three years now and very much enjoy working with diverse professional audience in this program. I highly appreciate all the life experience and passion RESS students and faculty have for renewable energy and innovation.

At Penn State, I have taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses including, 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 812 Utility Solar Power and Concentration (RESS)

-- EARTH 002 The Earth System

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

Mark can be reached by email at mvf3@psu.edu