AJ Baron

Andrew Baron

Science/Data Team
Project Engineer
Ocean Networks Canada

Tell us about your work/research. What kinds of things do you do?

I work as part of the Ocean Networks Canada field services team where I design and build oceanographic platforms and housings for scientific instrumentation. I have several years of experience performing numerical modeling on oceanographic moorings, commercial fishing equipment, and ocean renewable energy.

What sparked your interest in your career?

After completing my undergraduate in engineering, I ended up in Halifax, N.S. where I was targeting a renewable energy job. I was lucky and able to work in the ocean renewable energy sector where the challenges of the ocean and tides are difficult. Here I was introduced to the field of Oceanography and was immediately interested in the unique problems that Ocean Engineers were constantly faced with. I also developed a love for the ocean and wanted to support it's study and protection.

Who influenced you or encouraged you the most?

I've had many role models in my life to provide me with guidance. Many of my teachers and colleagues throughout my career have taught me to be passionate and interested in my profession. Many of my friends have taught me to be passionate and interested in the ocean.

What element of your work/study do you think is the most fascinating?

I enjoy the wide scope of the work that we do at Ocean Networks Canada. You can be thinking about the big picture with many moving pieces to achieve our scientific goals, while simultaneously be designing the smallest details to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

What other jobs led you to your current career?

On the east coast of Canada, I worked as a consulting engineer with a specialization in numerical modeling of ocean systems. This led me to work primarily in the ocean renewable energy sector working on Tidal energy platforms in the Bay of Fundy. The engineering challenges were so interesting that I became fascinated with Ocean Engineering and the study of the ocean and wished to pursue it as a career.

What are your degrees and certifications?

Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) - Queen's University 2011

What are your hobbies?

Hiking, Camping, Rowing, Board games (Go) on top of the usual activities with friends.

How did you get involved with the Ocean Exploration Trust?

As part of the Ocean Networks Canada Marine Operations team, we maintain our scientific equipment aboard the Nautilus vessel.

What advice would you give someone who wants to have a career like yours?

Planning a career is difficult as you never really know where things will lead. Get passionate and stay interested in your craft and the ocean, and you'll be able to find your way.


Andrew participated in the following Ocean Exploration Trust expeditions: