Brand New Intern at OREC
G’day! My name is Andrew John Keene and I am a masters student from Sydney, Australia. I am currently tying up my graduate degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Marine Conservation and Energy at Macquarie University in Sydney. As a youngster growing up by the seaside, my number one passion has always been water. Both my father and mother taught marine biology and chemistry all their lives and so I was reminded often about the nature and well-being of the sea. My passion turned career in 2010 when I decided I would dedicate my life to coastal conservation and ocean energy technologies.
It’s taken a long plane ride to be in DC, 19 hours in total, but I am elated to be here and to be working in such an important and exciting organisation. Since arriving in DC, I have experienced much of the great things DC has to offer such as Arlington Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial, 2 of 17 Smithsonian’s, The Whitehouse and an incredible Metro system!! (no tongue in cheek there.. Sydney’s transport cannot hold a candle to it!).
Over the next 3 months I hope to give my all to OREC, keeping the companies virtual exposure high, contributing to the newsletters, researching more about hydrokinetic technologies and developing relationships with people in the energy field. I anticipate it is going to be an exciting year with the Presidential election on-going, I honestly don’t believe there is a better place to be in the world at this time. Soon I will be attending congressional hearings and around that time I will begin to blog about my experience and education here in Washington DC on the OREC website. In addition you can keep up to date with our twitter updates (@oceanrenewable) or be apart of the facebook page (Ocean Renewable Energy Coalition).