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Principal Investigators


Dr. Andrew Cashman

Andrew is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Limerick. In 2007 he received funding from the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) to undertake a PhD with the Wave Energy Research Team, University of Limerick. The project extensively utilised Computational Fluid Dynamics coupled with experimental testing to optimise an impulse turbine for use in an Oscillating Water Column application. In 2012 he began lecturing in the Department of Mechanical, Biomedical & Manufacturing Engineering, Cork Institute of Technology.


  • Research Interests: Computational Fluids Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Renewable Energy Technologies, Turbomachinery Modelling and Optimisation, Offshore Power Conversion.
  • Teaching: Ocean and Hydro Energy MECH7008, Mechatronics System Design MECH8014, Computational Solid Modelling MECH9001, Engineering Dynamics 1 MECH7013, Engineering Dynamics 2 MECH8013, Computational Fluid Dynamics MECH9002.


Dr. Michael D. Murphy

Michael obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Limerick. From 2009 to 2013 he was a Walsh Fellow in Teagasc Moorepark. He undertook his PhD in the areas of control simulation and optimisation within the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Cork Institute of Technology. Michael is lead investigator on multiple National and European research projects with state bodies, academic institutes and industrial partners. He is a reviewer for Journals such as Electrical Power and Energy Systems, Applied Energy and Sustainable Cities and Societies. Since 2013 he has been a full time lecturer in the Department of Process, Energy and Transport Engineering in the Cork Institute of Technology. Publications


  • Research Interests: Control and simulation, optimisation, demand side management, smart grids, mechanistic and scalable building modelling, biosystems modelling, dairy process control, neural networks, machine learning, virtual laboratories.
  • Teaching: Control and Instrumentation CHEP7004, Automatic Process Control CHEP8004, Energy Systems Modelling INTR8021, Energy Systems Control MECH8003, Microcontroller Applications ELEC6035.



Paul D. O’Sullivan

Paul is a Chartered Engineer, holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queens University Belfast, a Master Degree in Building Services Engineering from Brunel University London and is in the final stages of a PhD with the Institute for Energy Futures at Brunel. Currently a Lecturer based in the Department of Process, Energy and Transport Engineering at CIT, he has spent 10 years working in industry in both design and project based engineering roles working for multi-national companies across Europe developing low energy technology solutions for building and process systems. He is co-leader of Sub Task C for the IEA-EBC Research Program Annex 62 on Ventilative Cooling. He is a reviewer for scientific Journals such as Energy & Buildings and Building Simulation. List of  Publications


  • Research Interests: Indoor & Enclosed Environments, Energy Efficient Buildings, Ventilative Cooling Strategies, Statistical Turbulence, Particle Transport Modelling, Data driven & Mechanistic Fluid & Thermal system Modelling.
  • Teaching: Fluid Mechanics MECH7006, Energy Systems Modelling INTR8021, Building Energy Compliance MECH8026, Building Thermal Dynamic Analysis MECH6023.


Research members


Fergus Delaney

Fergus Delaney is a lecturer in the Department of Process, Energy and Transport Engineering. He has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and a MEng in Environmental Engineering from UCD. He has 17 years lecturing experience and 10 years industrial experience as a site based engineer and project manager. He developed the BER assessor training and the IEE funded TRAINENERGY programme. Fergus was the project manager in the development of the ZERO2020 building and its PV islanded micro-grid.

  • Research Interests: Near zero energy building design, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, PV & battery storage, islanded micro-grids.
  • Teaching: Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Building Services & Fire Engineering, Process Plant Services, Degree Day Analysis.


Michael McGrath

Michael has a Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Limerick and a Masters in Business Management. Michael was the managing director of Stryker Ireland and manufacturing manager of Kodiak Ireland and Apple Computers USA. He is currently the CAMMS centre Manager in CIT and also acts as a senior consultant on manufacturing projects. Michael serves as the liaison between the MeSSO group and external bodies such as Enterprise Ireland on design and implementation projects. CAMMS

  • Teaching: Project Management, Industrial Organisation, Lean Manufacturing.



Dr. James Pittam                 

James holds a degree in Interior Architecture and a PhD in Architectural Simulation form CIT. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Architecture in CIT and UCC, and is certified as a European Passive House Designer (CEPHD). James completed his PhD research at MeSSO developing remote cataloguing and measurement techniques for disaggregation of local authority housing stock into representative archetypes to facilitate large scale thermal modelling.

  • Research interests: Energy Efficient Buildings, Retrofit of Local Authority Housing, Thermal Modelling. Stock Aggregation Modelling, Remote Measurement Techniques.

  • Teaching: Studio, 3D Studio, Sketchup.


Guillaume Serafin

Guillaume is a visiting researcher from University of La Rochelle. He is based at zero2020 (NBERT testbed) and is working on experimental and CFD analysis of slotted louver ventilation systems.



  • Research interests: CFD, Indoor Airflow, Thermal Comfort, Low energy Buildings.

Shane Merrit

Shane has a Degree in Sustainable Energy Engineeirng and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the Cork Insitiute of Technology. Shane is currently working as a developer on next generation dairy production modelling in the MeSSO.



  • Research interests: Energy Modelling, Data Analytics, Dairy Systems.


Postgraduate researchers

Fan Zhang

Fan Zhang is currently a PhD candidate, under the supervision of Dr. Michael D. Murphy and Dr. Laurence Shalloo in the department of Process, Energy and Transport Engineering at Cork Institute of Technology. His doctoral work explores the prediction of the milk production yield for Irish dairy industry. He holds a MSc in Computer Science from DIT and a BSc in Software Engineering from the University of Beijing.


Adam O’Donovan

Adam received his Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from Cork Institute of Technology in 2014. Adam is a PhD candidate in the Department of Process, Transport and Energy in CIT under the supervision of Michael D. Murphy and Paul O’Sullivan . Adam’s research focuses on the development of a validated, scalable, and mechanistic whole building energy model.


Nazar Baker

Nazar holds primary degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Basrah and Building Energy Systems from CIT. He is working with PM Group using CFD modelling to investigate particle transport phenomena in cleanrooms with the aim of ventilation rate reduction in ISO 8 cleanspaces. He received a RISAM scholarship in 2013 to undertake a PhD in this area under the supervision of Paul O’Sullivan.


Ken O’Connell

Ken holds a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from CIT. He received a postgraduate scholarship from the Irish Research Council (IRCSET) and is now a member of the Department of Mechanical, Biomedical and Manufacturing Engineering. His research focuses on developing a Computational Fluid Dynamics model of a floating Oscillating Water Column which can be used as a design tool for device optimisation.


Quang Phan An

Quang An Phan received his B.Eng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Hochiminh City University of Technology (HCMUT), in Vietnam, in 2006. He received his M.Sc in Electrical Engineering from  Toulouse Polytechnique. An is a lecturer in Electrical Engineering in HCMUT (currently on sabbatical). An is currently a PhD candidate, under the supervision of Dr. Michael D. Murphy and Dr. Ted Scully at CIT.


Philip Shine

Philip received his BEng in Sustainable Energy Engineering Cork Institute of Technology. Philip is currently a PhD candidate, under the supervision of Dr. Michael D. Murphy and Dr. Ted Scully in the department of Process, Energy and Transport Engineering at Cork Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the optimisation of water and electricity consumption on dairy farms.


Michael Breen

Michael has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from CIT, and was the recipient of awards from Engineers Ireland and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for his academic performance. His research is entitled “Precision energy management for dairy farming systems”, and is being carried out in conjunction with Teagasc Moorepark research centre, under the joint supervision of Dr Michael D. Murphy and Dr John Upton.



Damilola Asaleye

Damilola A. Asaleye received a MSc. Degree in Physics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Her MSc. Research was on prediction of electricity production in Nigeria using Autoregressive Models. Damilola is currently a PhD candidate, under the supervision of Dr. Michael D. Murphy. Her research focuses practicality driven demand side management.


Brian Hand

Brian holds a 1st class honours Mechanical Engineering degree from CIT. He is undertaking a PhD in the design and optimisation of a conceptual deep offshore floating vertical axis wind turbine, having received a RISAM Scholarship. His main project objectives are in aerodynamic optimisation of the turbine using numerical modelling, fluid-structure interaction analysis and experimental testing for model validation.