We have been quite lucky To catch up with Jon Kemp, who completed his MSC ECE back in 2001. Here’s what he had to say!
Where are you from, when did you do the ECE and what did you most enjoy about it?
After graduating in 1999 with a BSc in Oceanography with Geology I spent 6 months working at ABP MER in their physical modelling laboratories and 6 months working for ABP on the Dibden Bay Container Terminal Project. I joined ECE in 2000 and was particularly interested in the close ties it had with industry (such as project placements with leading consultants and regular external presentations), as well as the practical and applied nature of the course.
What have you been up to since; and what does a day in your working life involve?
Since graduating I worked at HR Wallingford in the coastal department where I worked on a range of different coastal engineering and beach management projects around the world. I spent time in Australia and Russia undertaking a coastal assessment for LNG projects, and on a more local level, modelling the beaches of Poole to aid the design of the groynes. After 12 years I moved to IMDC in Belgium to broaden my horizons where I had the opportunity to work on more port related projects and spent time on-site supervising the construction of breakwaters for a power plant in Morocco. I am now part of the management of IMDC and am responsible for the development of the Ports and dredging business as well as the general running of the company.
Have you any advice to ECE students that have only just started the course, or recently graduated?
The marine industry is an exciting, varied and dynamic industry in which to work, with many different opportunities. Therefore, use the time during the course to try and experience the different aspects of the industry and don’t forget to enjoy it – working in the marine environment can be varied and exciting. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.