Irene was the bid leader responsible for developing the successful application to the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program. Irene is on secondment from the Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania where she led a multi-disciplinary research team working in the field of marine renewable energy. Irene led the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) funded project, Tidal Energy in Australia from 2017 -2020.
Irene is the Australian Primary Delegate of the International Energy Agency’s Ocean Energy Systems (OES). Irene has held several positions including Member of the Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (AWTEC) Organising Committee since 2014, the MERIC Scientific International Committee since 2018, and Chair of Marine Renewable Energy Specialist Committee of the International Towing Tank Conference (ITTC) between 2011 and 2017, a peak international body developing technical guidelines and procedures relevant to the hydrodynamic testing of wave energy converters, marine current/tidal turbines and offshore wind turbines.