Matthew Fedors enjoyed his engineering design courses at the University of Pennsylvania, especially ones that focused on designing chemical and energy facilities. These designs included proposals aimed at achieving energy efficiency, low emissions, and economic vitality. “If a project was not cost-effective it wouldn’t matter how interesting it was or how elegant the processes were--no one was going to build it unless there was a certain amount of economics baked into the design,” said Fedors.
After receiving a Bachelors of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, he went on to pursue two advanced degrees – a master’s in environmental policy from Cambridge University and an MBA from the University of Virginia. While in college, Mr. Fedors had numerous engineering internships and eventually transitioned to a career in finance.
Mr. Fedors now works in the venture capital industry. His role is oriented towards partnering with and investing in small companies, which are developing new technologies. “We take something that has been tested in a lab and a small pilot facility, and help companies commercialize it,” he said.
Mr. Fedors emphasized that STEM helps to chart the potential for renewable energy. “How do you move things forward and get better renewable energy technologies that are reliable and cost effective? That’s where the engineering, science, and math fields come in,” said Mr. Fedors. In order to progress and achieve advanced renewable energy technologies, we need to broaden STEM exposure in school.