Gary Field-Mitchell is a Kiwi who graduated from an environmental engineering degree, then followed this with a masterate in process engineering, mostly because he wondered if there was more to life than poo (still undecided on this). He arrived in Australia years ago and, after spending time as a tutor for Aboriginal boys in the NT, moved to WA to work in the water industry. For the past months he has been involved with EWB as part of the awesome Tenganan project team, which inspired him to put his hand up for an engineering volunteer position.
Don is going to work in Sri Lanka with the Sri Lankan School of Prosthetics and Orthotics (SLSPO), which is being set up along the same lines as the Cambodian CSPO. Don has worked roughly equally in both industry and engineering education over the last 40 years. He will be applying his background in statics, dynamics and education to give people the basic skills to carry out force and stress analysis, as well as select suitable processes and materials for prosthetic design and manufacture.
Chris is an environmental scientist/engineer with experience in environmental legislation, research and assessment. He will be working as a decentralised sewerage treatment team leader with the Pitchandikulam Forest team in southeastern India. Chris will assist in the development of appropriate wastewater treatment solutions for a large eco-restoration project in central Chennai. Chris has a passion for decentralized wastewater treatment systems as a low-cost, low-energy wastewater treatment alternative, having worked with a variety of well-credentialed designers in the water and wastewater field.
Chris Landvogt will be spending months with Sahmakum Teang Tnaut – Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from January 2010. Chris has several years’ experience in land surveying as well as a degree in Applied Science – Surveying from RMIT. He will be using his expertise in Geographic Information Systems and GPS measurement technology to assist the Housing Rights & Advocacy Unit in implementing and training people in the use of GPS and GIS mapping, as well as supporting other initiatives to prevent evictions and housing rights’ abuses in Cambodia.
Lexi Randall LÉstrange
Lexi Randall LÉstrange has just finished her third year of Environmental Engineering at RMIT. Her involvement with EWB started when her team was a finalist in the inaugural EWB Challenge. Since then she has been Vice President and President of the RMIT Chapter. She is now the RMIT rep for the Victoria Indigenous Focus Group and is hoping to have more involvement with the EWB Indigenous Program as an engineering volunteer in the future.
Jesse Rose will be travelling alongside Lexi, to be based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Whilst there, he will be working with Habitat for Humanity as a housing design intern. He is studying a double degree at RMIT in civil engineering and international studies. He is currently the vice president of the RMIT chapter of EWB. Jesse is keen to learn about Vietnamese cooking during his placement.
Since Jai was a child, he has wanted to be an environmental engineer. Jai fell asleep to stories of his parents travels in India and Nepal. Fast forward to today, and Jai is a practicing water engineer. He hopes to use his coordination and personal skills along with his passion for equality (and Indian sweets) to work as EWB’s South Asia Field Office, working with EWB partner organisations and communities to make their lives better in various ways.
Michael Brown will be based in Cambodia, volunteering as project manager on the Tonle Sap Floating Toilet project to improve water quality for residents of the Tonle Sap lake. He came across EWB after visiting Cambodia and learning first-hand of daily struggles of residents in the Tonle Sap’s floating villages. He is busy preparing for his assignment by learning Khmer from youtube. Michael graduated from a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering / Business from Swinburne Uni and has experience in the automotive industry, most recently as program manager on one of Holden’s alternative fuel projects. He is passionate about renewable energy and contributing to the development of zero-emission transportation.
Rosie will be volunteering with the Byrranju Foundation in India. She will be working as an engineering volunteer on a community waste management project, which will involve quantifying waste streams and investigating cost-effective options for waste management. She recently completed an Environmental Engineering degree in sunny Qld and decided to put those skills to use on the ground. She has been involved with EWB through local QLD chapters for four years, including in the role of the University of Queensland Chapter president. Rosie has also worked in environmental consultancy while completing her degree.
Ashwini Kumar Alluri