Faculty

Dr. Erich W. Schienke

Erich Schinken

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. 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, 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. 

 


Dr. Mark Fedkin

Mark Fedkin

Ph.D., Geo-Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

M.S., Geo-Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

B.S., Geology, Moscow State University (Russia)

Dr. Fedkin is an Assistant Teaching Professor and Lead Faculty in the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems program at Penn State. He is also the main contact for Graduate Certificate in Solar Energy. Dr. Fedkin has worked over ten years for the Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute, where he led experimental research on hydrogen energy, fuel cells, thermochemical cycles, carbon storage and sequestration, and materials for energy applications. In his courses, Dr. Fedkin emphasizes the systems approach for analyzing connections and interactions between the natural and technological environments and explores holistic frameworks for technology assessment.