Dr. Mark Christian is a post-doctoral appointee working at Argonne focused on the application and expansion of the Conventional Hydropower Energy and Environmental Systems (CHEERS) model as well as supporting research for the Western Area Power Administration. Mark recently graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Ph.D. in Energy Science and Engineering. His thesis was focused on developing a tool to quantify the value of flow measurement accuracy in hydropower plants with short converging intakes and was a component of the Department of Energy’s investigation into hydropower asset management. His research was performed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and his technical efforts there also supported collaborations between the laboratory and Apple Inc. as well as the U.S. Department of State. In addition to his technical efforts he had the opportunity to participate in several policy efforts including developing an official comment for the proposed Clean Power Plan and leading a team of fellow graduate students to advocate for the passage of the Energy Policy Council Bill in the Tennessee State Legislature. Prior to his graduate education Mark received his Bachelors of Science in Ocean Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology where he led the design, construction and deployment of a full scale ocean energy device.