Brett Rowling is an analytical chemist from Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) which collaborates with universities and industries globally. He has over a decade of experience developing and applying novel analytical techniques to a variety of samples including ground and surface waters, soils and biota. The results of these works have resulted in peer-reviewed presentations and publications furthering our understanding of water chemistry from both natural and man-made sources. Brett is also an active descendent of Bungoree and Matora from the wannungine/guri ngai nation of the central coast of NSW, whose people are part of Australia’s first scientists, mathematicians and engineers. His primary activities are to identify and promote these cultural parallels which could enhance current engineering and scientific practices towards more sustainable options in the Australian context. More formally this is recognised through the Indigenous Engineers Group of Engineers Australia and also the Indigenous Engineering Summer Schools co-ordinated by Engineering Aid Australia.