Who am I? My name is Matt Chester, and I am and energy and policy professional located in Washington, D.C. I have a number of years of experience working in energy technology, federal energy policy, and other related fields. My educational background includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, graduating with high honors and a focus on both Civil Engineering and Science & Technology Policy.
How did I get started? When I was studying engineering in college and attempting to discover what direction I wanted to steer into for my career, my goal was to find a field where I could combine my technical engineering background with the ability to make a significant and forward-looking difference in the world. Through a science & technology policy program at my school, I discovered a passion for energy technology and energy policy and realized this was precisely the type of career for which I was searching.
What experience do I have? I have since held a number of positions in the energy and energy policy fields, focusing mainly as a consultant contracting with the Department of Energy. I have worked with a number of Offices and Laboratories in the Department of Energy, including the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, the Energy Information Administration, the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and more. Among the varied array of projects I’ve been a part of at DOE are supporting the public rulemaking process for EERE’s Appliance and Equipment Standards Program (engineering analyses, market analyses, government and technical writing, etc.), providing quality control and fact check reviews for public facing documents and reports, and assisting with the project management of updating the cyber security requirements for DOE employees and contractors. I’ve also had the opportunity to work at a DC-based non-profit for energy policy issues to research and analyze green building technologies and initiatives. More information and details about my experience in the various fields can be found on my LinkedIn page.