School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
Academic biographyDr. Lorna Fitzsimons is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in DCU. Research expertise and interests include the water-energy nexus: water and wastewater treatment; thermodynamics and exergy analysis; energy auditing, modelling and benchmarking; LCA; control and automation for energy efficiency. The focus of her PhD was the energy optimisation in the semiconductor manufacturing industry (Intel). She has coordinated and delivered two EPA funded projects which audited, benchmarked and modelled the energy and resource efficiency of Irish wastewater treatment plants: Increasing the resource efficiency of Irish wastewater treatment plants (http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/research/water/researchreport168.html) and Optimal design of small Irish wastewater treatment plants (http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/research/water/research255.html). Currently, she is a PI in three H2020 and national energy and sustainability research projects which focus on the energy-water nexus: ESIPP (https://esipp.ie/), Saltgae (http://saltgae.eu/), and ALICE (https://www.alice-wastewater-project.eu/). She has a strong track record of funding success: EPA, H2020, SFI, Enterprise Ireland.
Research interestsWater-energy nexus
Water treatment - Ultra-pure, desalination and wastewater