We met at the University of Queensland during our studies and we’ve both shared a passion for waste management technologies and food for some-time! We’re excited to be working together on community engineering projects combining our backgrounds and experiences.

Katie Macintosh
Liz Obersky

Katie Macintosh

I’m a Chemical Engineer that enjoys exploring the amazing world we live in. From my many travels, I have been inspired to learn about different cultures, language, geography and also waste management practices.  The relationship between human behaviour and waste production is a topic that both fascinates as well as inspires me to realise people power and the importance of community-led projects and incorporating the human-element into system design.  

From working on emergency sanitation and urban biogas systems, I have encountered first-hand the human health & environmental effects of organic waste mismanagement and the hidden cost to our society. These experiences shaped my vision for re-framing organic waste as an amazing untapped resource for energy, nutrients, chemicals and bio-based products.

On a personal note over the past 6 months I have been motivated to reflect on waste-generation in my household, rethink the products we purchase and attempt to change our ingrained practices.  I am passionate about creating economic and social value for resources currently termed “waste” and providing practical local solutions to our global challenges. As a Brissie girl born and bred,  I’m keen to be part of a movement empowering the Brisbane community to reframe “waste”.

Liz Obersky

I’m an Environmental and Chemical Engineer that loves getting outdoors, growing my own veggies, cooking and experiencing food from different cultures (my friends can certainly attest to this! 🙂 ).

“Waste”  has formed a big part of my journey, from designing and performing environmental monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions on landfill sites across Australia, to collecting and sorting waste for audits and volunteering as a compost fairy at my local community garden in West End.  I thrive with a network of passionate people around me and I enjoy chatting, improvising and collaborating on solutions over a coffee or a great meal.

I want to contribute to projects in the community that bring environmental and social value and reframe the Australian “waste” streams. I think that the role of a modern engineer is to contribute to community given the challenges that the world is currently facing.