Andrew RocheleauOcean Engineer, Marine Renewable Energy Project Manager
Sea Engineering, Inc.
Andrew graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Chemical Engineering and later from the Shidler College of Business with an MBA. He has been an Ocean Engineer with Sea Engineering, Inc (SEI) for 5 years, focusing on oceanographic instrumentation and data collection, wastewater ocean outfalls and marine renewable energy.
In 2010, he began managing Sea Engineering’s marine renewable energy projects, including the Ocean Power Technology Wave Energy Conversion Device offshore of Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and the development of the Wave Energy Test Site at Kaneohe. This work has included initial site characterization; power cable deployment and Wave Energy Conversion Device deployment. These tasks have required heavy lift vessel capabilities and surface supplied air decompression diving; development of installation and maintenance work and safety plans; preparation of project cost estimates; preparation of diving safety plans; and proposal development. In 2011, the OPT buoy became the first wave energy buoy in the United States to be successfully connected to the power grid. With the deployment, maintenance and retrieval of 3 generations of OPT wave buoys at Kaneohe over the last 10 years, Sea Engineering has acquired more marine operational experience with wave energy buoys than any firm in the country.