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Bachelor of Science, Energy Studies, minor in Renewable Energy Technologies
Growing up (18 to-20-something) in close contact with steel and aluminium smelting/foundry industries in Sweden, I became acutely aware of issues facing society and the planet regarding the production and use of energy.
Having finished growing up I decided to return home to the majestic sand plains and urban sprawl of Perth to further pursue my interests in energy and particularly renewables. The degree in Energy Studies at Murdoch provided an excellent background into the multidisciplinary aspects of energy and the vast range of opportunities available to us in Australia. This was beautifully contrast by the highly inefficient and fossil fuel intensive Rockingham industrial area where Murdoch's engineering Program is situated.
The graduate program presented itself as an ideal opportunity to pursue these interests through the Australian Greenhouse Office divisions of the Department and make a real difference through developing policies and implementing programs.
Industry Communities and Energy Division/ Environmental Energy Futures Branch/ Renewable Energy Technologies Team
My first placement involved a harsh period of adjustment, mostly as a result of coming from a university lifestyle to working fulltime.
My main project involved conducting a review of a multi year funding Program designed to result in commercialisation of new renewable energy technologies. This was extremely interesting as it brought me up to date with the very latest of all the renewable energy technologies in Australia.
Additionally I assisted with preparing information to a Senate enquiry, which was very educational in that I learnt how and where governments source their information and advice. On a daily basis I also replied to a lot of correspondence from concerned members of the public regarding greenhouse and renewable energy issues.
'the best thing about working for us ... is the environment'