Where did you complete your degree and what did you study?
I completed both my undergraduate and Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering in UCD.
Tell me about your Masters- what was the title of your thesis?
The title of my thesis was “ A CFD simulation of aerosol generating high flow nasal oxygen therapy for critical Covid-19 patients and development of mitigation strategies“. The project involved investigating exhalation jets from the nose and mouth produced by patients receiving HFNO (High-flow nasal oxygen) therapy. I used schlieren imaging to visualize the jets experimentally and created a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model to further investigate how HFNO affects aerosol dispersion in the exhaled air.
Where did you complete this work?
The experimental component of the work was completed at the Mater Hospital in Dublin. I mainly worked remotely for the simulation component of the project. [Take a look at Caroline’s video,
“How does aerosol travel when we cough?]
When did you start with PORSAV? What are your main tasks?
I started with PORSAV on the 24th May. My main task is to create a simulation of the gas leaks that have been experimentally recorded using schlieren and laser imaging techniques. This involves creating a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model that takes the quantitative outputs of the experimental work as model inputs and gives greater insight into the dispersion of aerosols in the leakage flow. I’ll also be assisting Dr Kevin Nolan in gathering and processing imaging data of the surgical leaks as part of the clinical validation.
What do you look forward to most about working on the project?
I’m looking forward to applying the skills and knowledge I obtained from my thesis to this very important real-world application. The medical device industry is one I’ve had a deep interest in throughout my time in college and I’m excited to work with industrial and clinical leaders to help make operating rooms a safer place for surgical teams in the future.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like weight-training, running and hiking to keep fit. I also really enjoy reading and drawing portraits to relax.
Thanks very much!