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Mark Christian

Renewable Energy


Supervising Faculty - Brennan Smith

Mark Christian’s primary research is into the generation of a tool for the hydroelectric industry to assess the value of flow measurement for individual dams. The end goal of this research is to increase the overall efficiency of the domestic hydropower fleet by qualifying the both the cost and the benefit of flow measurement instrumentation. Mark is currently working with the Energy-Water-Ecosystem Engineering Group at Oak Ridge National Lab and recently completed a report documenting the capabilities of existing flow measurement methodologies for hydroelectric dams. Advancements in flow measurements will allow for greater understanding of unit characteristics and more effective allocation of water reserves.

Mark received his undergraduate degree in Ocean Engineering, an interdisciplinary degree that addresses all aspect of engineering in respect the environmental challenges that are presented by the ocean. For his Senior Design Project Mark lead a research team to design, construct and deploy Wing Wave, a full scale alternate energy device based on the motion of ocean waves.


Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering - Florida Institute of Technology

Awards and Recognitions

  • Chancellor’s Honor for Extraordinary Professional Promise
  • Hydro Research Foundation, Inc. Fellow
  • ARPA-e Student Program Award Recipient
  • Department of Marine and Environmental Science Senior of the Year - Florida Institute of Technology


Mark Christian (2014), Development and Operation of the Flow Measurement Accuracy Assessment Tool, Hydro Research Foundation Research Results

Mark Christian, Billy Wells, Sitara Baboolal, Patrick Maloney, Stephen Wood (2012), Wing Wave: Feasible, Alternative, Renewable, Electrical Energy Producing Ocean Floor System, Oceans ’12 MTS/IEEE, Hampton Roads, Virginia, October 14-19, 2012.

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