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Graduate Certificate in
Solar Energy


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., 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. 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.

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.

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