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Graduate Certificate in
Sustainability Management and Policy


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., 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.

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.

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.

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