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Master of Professional Studies in
Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems

Faculty

Ph.D., Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
M.S., Economics, Carnegie Mellon University
B.A., Math and Economics, Reed College

Dr. Seth Blumsack's research focuses on policy-driven issues and technological change faced by the electricity and natural gas industries. He studies regulation, network reliability and resilience, and technological change in the power grid and natural gas supply systems.

Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
M.S., Architectural Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Damascus University

Mohamed Amer Chaaban is an adjunct instructor for the RESS graduate online program at Penn State. He is the author and instructor of AE 868. He worked for AEP and RGS Energy, one of the nation's top solar power companies, as a solar design engineer. During his work, he designed thousands of residential and dozens of large commercial solar systems combined with more than 20 megawatts in capacity. He is an advocate of sustainability and of making solar affordable for all humans in the world.

Ph.D., Geo-Environmental Engineering, Penn State
M.S., Geo-Environmental Engineering, Penn State
B.S., Geology, Moscow State University (Russia)

Dr. Mark Fedkin is an assistant teaching professor and lead faculty of the energy and sustainability policy program at Penn State. He is also a lead faculty in the renewable energy and sustainability systems graduate online program. He has worked for more than ten years for the Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute, where he led experimental research on electrochemical energy systems and processes, including fuel cells, hydrogen technologies, electrophoresis, and corrosion in extreme environments. During his career as an experimentalist, Dr. Fedkin developed a number of methods and technologies for monitoring and sensing the environmental parameters in both simulated and natural settings.

Ph.D., Energy and Mineral Engineering, Penn State
B.S., Energy Engineering, Penn State

Dr. Derek M. Hall's research focuses on electrochemical energy conversion and aqueous electrochemistry. He studies electrochemical reactions in aqueous environments using electrochemical techniques, materials characterization methods, and computational modeling.

B.S., Marketing, Penn State

Andy James is course author and instructor of Sustainability-Driven Innovation. In addition to his role at Penn State, he is vice president, corporate strategy at New Pig. He has more than 10 patents pending for his work in understanding and resolving environmental risks from industrial spills. Prior experience includes his time as senior manager at Olson Zaltman, where he provided consumer behavior research and brand strategy consulting to brands including Audi, T. Rowe Price, and MillerCoors.

MPS, Renewable Energy Systems and Sustainability, Penn State
M.A., Economics, Penn State
B.S., Economics, Penn State

Mark D. Kleinginna is interested in the entire continental energy topology, including research and expert testimony in rate making, electricity transmission, renewable energy systems, decarbonization of the built environment, and thermal energy networks.

M.S., Geography, Penn State
B.A., Environmental Studies and Geography, University of Pittsburgh

Brandi Robinson is an instructor for the energy and sustainability policy program as well as the renewable energy and sustainability systems master's program. She brings expertise in policy formation and analysis relative to carbon markets to her teaching, as well as local-scale greenhouse gas inventorying and mitigation strategy development.

Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
M.S., Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.A., Technology Studies and Physics, Hampshire College

Dr. Erich W. Schienke has been researching and teaching on sustainability-related issues for the past 20 years. His background is in environmental policy, ethics of complex systems, sustainability strategy, ecological indicators, and multi-scale power analysis, with a geopolitical focus on China. Dr. Schienke is also co-lead of the RESS program and oversees the sustainability management and policy track and certificate, and has been working with the program since it launched in 2013. 

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State

Dr. Susan W. Stewart is an associate teaching professor of aerospace engineering and leads the Graduate Certificate in Wind Energy program. She has developed and taught multiple online renewable energy courses as well as led several winning teams of students in the annual Collegiate Wind Competition. Dr. Stewart also directs an outreach program involving wind energy applications for K–12 students. Her teaching and research encompass renewable energy technology, resource assessment, project development, design standards, and project finance.

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