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Shaun Fitzgerald

Dr Shaun Fitzgerald is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Sustainable Buildings at the Department of Engineering.

Dr Fitzgerald is leading a module in Lent term 2017 for the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development students titled "Sustainable Buildings and Built Environments."

Dr Shaun Fitzgerald FREng is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Breathing Buildings, a company that developed from his extensive research into natural ventilation.

Dr Fitzgerald has been a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Sustainable Buildings at the University of Cambridge since January 2015.

Dr Fitzgerald’s early research was in geothermal reservoir engineering, looking at how this could be developed as an alternative energy source. His interests in energy and sustainability are a common thread in a career that developed to encompass roles in both industry and academia.

Since 2000, Dr Fitzgerald’s research has focused on energy reduction through understanding and developing natural ventilation solutions for buildings. The field has particularly important implications given the scale of energy consumption relating to the mechanical ventilation of buildings in the developed world.

Breathing Buildings was co-founded by Dr Fitzgerald in 2006 to develop and commercialise his research in natural ventilation. Since the company started he has been responsible for the development of technology, recruitment of key team members, raising finance for the company, marketing, and ongoing research collaboration with university students.

Dr Fitzgerald applied for a Visiting Professorship as he saw it as an opportunity to spend more time teaching and interacting with students while using his experiences in industry to inform their learning.

Text taken from RAE News

Image taken from Girton College website