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Dr Shaun Fitzgerald

College position(s)

Fellow, Director of Studies



Degrees, Awards and Prizes


Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2011

Research themes

My early research was in the field of geothermal reservoir engineering. This looked at the response of reservoirs to injection of cold water, and how this could lead to increased production from these alternative energy sources. The upshot of the research programme, of which I was a part, is that 20 years later there are now significant infrastructure projects in Northern California with pipelines carrying waste water to the Geysers reservoir.

My research since 2000 has been in the field of low energy natural ventilation. This was initially conducted at the BP Institute. This has led to a breakthrough in ventilation strategy, the filing of a patent, and the formation of a multi-million pound venture capital backed spin-out company called Breathing Buildings.


I provide supervisions for Engineering undergraduates in mathematics, but also lecture at the Department of Engineering for engineers and architects in the course module on Natural Ventilation.

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