Lorna Fitzsimons


Dr. Lorna Fitzsimons (BEng, PhD) is a Lecturer in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Dublin City University. Currently, she is coordinator of an Irish EPA Medium Scale project (2013-2015) located between DCU and NUIG. The focus of this project is to benchmark and optimise the resource efficiency of Irish Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP) using a multi-faceted approach (LCA, Exergy Analysis and Process Control). Other research projects and interests include desalination, the use of exergy analysis to optimise the energy consumption of water treatment and purification processes (desalination, semiconductor manufacturing Ultra-Pure Water plants, Wastewater Treatment Plants), and several energy efficiency and environmental monitoring projects. She previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Marine and Environmental Sensing Technology Hub (MESTECH) where the focus of her research was environmental monitoring and environmental sensor development.

Research Expertise

Lorna’s expertise is in the area of Exergy Analysis and Process Control in relation to water treatment and purification processes. Her research interests include Water-energy nexus, Water treatment -Ultra-pure, desalination and wastewater, Energy modelling, Exergy analysis and LCA. She is a PI within both APT and the Water Institute in DCU. She is currently supervising four postgraduate students. She teaches undergraduate modules in Thermofluidic mechanics, Strength of Materials, Thermodynamics, Project Quality Management and Fundamentals of Control.

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