June 22, 2013
AIKEN, S.C. – Newlywed and recent college graduate, Savannah River Remediation (SRR) summer intern Alex Baldwin is marking several major life milestones in just a few short months.
Baldwin's first summer milestone, graduation, was checked off in May when he graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Hydrogeology, the branch of geology that deals with the distribution and movement of groundwater and surface water.
One Saturday in early June marked another milestone for Baldwin – his wedding day.
The excitement continued for Baldwin as he began his summer internship at SRR.
"I've always had an interest in environmental remediation," said Baldwin. "I was excited to spend my summer at SRR because I'm intrigued by the work they do here."
Although this is Baldwin's first internship at SRR, he is no stranger to SRS. Baldwin grew up in North Augusta and his father has worked in Structural Mechanics at the Savannah River Site (SRS) for 23 years.
Baldwin has particularly enjoyed the opportunities he has had to tour several Site facilities and areas outside of SRR.
This summer Baldwin is located in the Closure and Waste Disposal Authority group. One of Baldwin's projects consisted of developing a tool for compiling and trending groundwater data for the Saltstone Facility. Baldwin said he has enjoyed his position and considers it a great learning opportunity.
"I would like to grow to better understand the specifics of what I'm interested in – environmental remediation," said Baldwin. "I'm also hoping this internship opens my eyes to an area that I would like to emphasize in in my career."
Baldwin chose a major in Hydrogeology because of his love for everything outdoors, since he enjoys hiking and camping. Ultimately, Baldwin hopes to find a job that allows him to spend time outdoors and occasionally allows him to travel.
After his internship journey is complete, Baldwin and his wife plan to move to Wisconsin to attend graduate school at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Ideally, Baldwin will continue marking milestones by finding a job before he begins his graduate work in the fall. He plans to receive his Master of Science in Geosciences.
Baldwin is one of 43 interns working with SRR this summer at SRS. Interns were chosen based on relevant work experience, their year in school and grade-point averages.
SRR is the Liquid Waste contractor for SRS. SRS is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is composed of companies led by URS Corp. with partners like Bechtel National, CH2M Hill and Babcock and Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions, and URS Professional Solutions.
Media contact: Katie Smith Katie.Smith@srs.gov 803.208.0466