About the SAFEWATER team

Ulster University Team

Name:  Professor John Byrne

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  j.byrne@ulster.ac.uk

John Anthony (Tony) Byrne is a Professor of Photocatalysis in the School of Engineering.  He leads the Clean Technology research theme within the Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC).  His personal research is focused on low cost and novel technologies for the treatment and disinfection of water, particularly the use of solar water treatment using photocatalysis. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and serves on the committee of the RSC Northern Ireland Section Committee and the RSC Chemical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology interest group.  He is the Chair of the Professional Bodies Forum in support of the All Party Group on STEM (Northern Ireland Assembly) and a Board Member of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.

Tony’s role in the SAFEWATER project is Principal Investigator and Chair of the Executive Group.  He will also contribute to the scientific research relating to the development of low cost water disinfection technologies.

Name:  Dr Michael Brennan

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  M.Brennan@ulster.ac.uk

Michael (Mike) Brennan is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management in the School of Management, Leadership & Marketing. He is an experienced international business consultant and lectures in creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship on executive education programmes. An award winning author, his personal research is focused on business model innovation and disruptive innovation. He is a member of the Higher Education Academy.

Mike’s role in the SAFEWATER project is as a Co-Investigator and member of the Executive Group. He leads the transdisciplinary research Work Package relating to user engagement and adoption.

Name:  Dr Alan Brown

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  a.brown@ulster.ac.uk

Alan is Associate Head of School of Engineering.  He is a Chemical Engineer by training and his current research interests include the modelling and design of photocatalytic reactors for water treatment and for solar energy harvesting applications, including artificial photosynthesis.

Alan’s role in the project will be in the modelling and design of low cost technologies for drinking water disinfection.

Name:  Dr George Burke

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  g.burke@ulster.ac.uk

Dr George Burke is a Lecturer in the School of Engineering and a Member of the Engineering Research Institute. He joined Ulster University as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) in 2004 and was appointed to his current position in 2010. George’s research interests are in the areas of the molecular and cellular interactions with biomaterials and in the manufacture of functionalised biomaterials for ophthalmic, dermal and cardiovascular tissue engineering applications.

George will contribute towards the development of water quality sensors using molecular biology techniques.

Name:  Professor James Davis

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  james.davis@ulster.ac.uk

James Davis is Professor of Biomedical Sensors in the School of Engineering and a member of the Engineering Research Institute. James’ research interests are directed towards the development of new diagnostic devices for the rapid treatment of disease and injury and the identification of infection. He has participated in, and is the Principal Investigator/coordinator of a number of multi-centre – multi-discipline research collaborations with funding from the EPSRC, Wellcome Trust, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Heart Research UK and Invest NI along with numerous industrial awards. He is also the Principal Investigator for the Ulster University component in a multicentre initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Learning Northern Ireland and the Science Foundation Ireland to develop biosensors for the early detection of prostate cancer.

Name:  Dr Dorian Dixon

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  d.dixon@ulster.ac.uk

Dr Dorian Dixon is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and a member of the Engineering Research Institute. Dorian attained his PhD at QUB in 2001 before joining Ulster University in 2001 as a Research Associate in the area of polymers for medical packaging applications before moving to a Research Fellow position in medical device assessment in 2003. He was appointed to a Lectureship in Nanotechnology in 2006 and promoted to his current position in 2014.

Dorian’s research and teaching interests are focused around nanomaterials and polymers and in particular developing functionalised gold nanoparticles for applications in cancer therapeutics. He also has interests in the medical and aerospace applications of advanced polymers and has published work on the assessment of medical technologies. He has a wealth of industrial experience having conducted commercially funded projects with more than 35 companies in the polymer, and medical device sectors.

Within the SAFEWATER project, Dorian will contribute to developing and assessing the water treatment technologies.

Name:  Professor James Dooley

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  jsg.dooley@ulster.ac.uk

James Dooley is a Professor of Microbiology in the School of Biomedical Sciences.  He has been involved in research on infectious disease throughout his professional career.  His current interests are focused on development of detection systems for difficult to culture pathogens, many of which are found in contaminated food and water. He is also involved with a series of projects aimed at determining the factors that regulate antibiotic resistance transfer in natural environments, particularly aquatic biofilm.  He has a significant teaching role with involvement from first year undergraduate to masters level in topics ranging from Biology and Biomedical Sciences  to Nursing and Physicians Associate programmes. He is a member of numerous editorial boards and regularly reviews grants for major funding organisations.  He also holds a UEFA B soccer coaching license .

James’s primary contribution is to Work Packages 3 and 4 of the SAFEWATER project.  These will provide the scientific research to develop the low-cost water disinfection technologies and will produce new devices to test them in the field.

Name:  Dr Patrick Dunlop

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  psm.dunlop@ulster.ac.uk

Patrick is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Engineering.  He is a Chartered Biologist with a strong academic background in applied science and more than 10 years post-doc experience.  His research interests focus on 1) the design and application of nanomaterials for the disinfection of water/wastewater and the production of self-cleaning and self-disinfecting medical devices/surfaces; 2) development of biological sensing technology, including rapid identification of organisms associated with antimicrobial resistance.

Patrick will act as the Work Package coordinator for WP6 (Capability and Capacity Building), and on a more technical level will have input into WP3 (Low cost technologies for water treatment) and WP4 (Point-of-use devices for water quality assessment).

Name:  Dr Pilar Fernandez-Ibañez

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  p.fernandez@ulster.ac.uk

Pilar Fernandez-Ibañez is Lecturer at Ulster University. She has been Senior Researcher at Plataforma Solar de Almería of CIEMAT (Spain, 2003-2016) and head of the Solar Treatment of Water Unit. Her research is focused on solar technologies for water purification, advanced oxidation processes for the removal of microbiological pathogens and hazardous chemical contaminants from water, solar reactors, and the application of solar technologies for drinking water in the field. She has participated in 16 EU research projects in this area and has 122 peer-reviewed scientific publications (H-index = 38). She is Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Member of the Editorial Board of the Process Safety and Environmental Protection-Elsevier, and guest editor in a number of Special issues of several Elsevier journals, including Solar Energy, Applied Catalysis B, and Catalysis Today.

Pilar’s role in the SAFEWATER project is leader of Work Package 3 (low cost technologies for water treatment) and will contribute to the activities relating to the capability and capacity building and dissemination of the project.

Name:  Professor Dewar Finlay

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  d.finlay@ulster.ac.uk

Dewar is based at Ulster’s Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC). His main research interest is the development of healthcare technology and he is a member of the Engineering Research Institute. More specifically he is interested in the development of healthcare sensor systems and computer algorithms and signal processing techniques used in the analysis of healthcare sensor data. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Computing in Cardiology, Inc and serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Electrocardiology. He currently teaches signal processing and engineering computing subjects to undergraduate students in the University’s School of Engineering.

Dewar’s role in the SAFEWATER project will be focused on the technical developments around point-of-use devices for water quality assessment.  He is also involved in leading the project Work Package concerned with dissemination and exploitation.

Name:  Dr Stephen Gallagher

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  sm.gallagher@ulster.ac.uk

Stephen Gallagher is a lecturer in Behaviour Analysis in the School of Psychology.  He is Course Director of the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D).  His research interests include early behavioural intervention for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, increasing social interaction and independence amongst the institutionalised elderly, and using eye tracking equipment as a tool to teach appropriate gaze behaviours (in relation to areas such food labelling and social stimuli). He is the Academic Lead for Global Engagement for the School of Psychology.

Stephen’s role in the SAFEWATER project is to use behaviour analytic principles to assess and increase end user engagement with low cost water disinfection technologies.

Name: Dr Mark Ng

Organisation: Ulster University

Email: mark.ng@ulster.ac.uk

Mark Ng received his BEng (Hons) in Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering and a PhD in Control Systems (Fault Diagnosis) from Monash University in 2006 and 2009, respectively. He then joined Monash University Malaysia as a Lecturer. In 2014–2015, he did his postdoctoral research at the Division of Vehicular Systems, Linköping University, Sweden where he worked with Volvo Car Corporation on advanced fault diagnosis schemes in vehicular engines using model-based and data-driven methods.  He joined Ulster University in 2017 as a Lecturer in Mechatronics Engineering and Control in the School of Engineering, and he conducts research at NIBEC. His main research interests are fault diagnosis, vehicular systems, modelling, signal processing, and data analysis.

Mark will lead the development and the optimisation of embedded algorithms in the SAFEWATER project. These embedded algorithms will be used for controlling the low-cost water disinfection technologies that are being developed during the SAFEWATER project.

Name:  Professor Mickey Keenan

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  m.keenan@ulster.ac.uk

Mickey Keenan is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Mickey has received numerous awards for his community work in helping parents of children with autism including the Award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity (British Psychological Society), the Distinguished Community Fellowship (Ulster University), the Personal Achievement Award (New York State Association for Behavior Analysis), Award for Public Service in Behavior Analysis (Society for Advancement of Behavior Analysis), the Michael Hemmingway Award (Behavior Analysts Certification Board), Award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis(Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis), and the first International Advocacy Award from Autism Speaks.

Mickey’s role in the project is to use behaviour analytic interventions to improve end user adoption of safe drinking water technologies.

Name:  Professor James McLaughlin

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  jad.mclaughlin@ulster.ac.uk

Professor James McLaughlin is the Director of Ulster University’s Nanotechnology and Integrated-Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) as well as Director of the Engineering Research Institute (ERI). A Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Irish Academy of Engineering, he was awarded an OBE for his services to Research and Economic Development. He is a Senior Distinguished-Fellow and his world-leading Connected-Health research addresses nanotechnology and its application in areas such as point-of-care-sensors and medical-diagnostics. Professor McLaughlin has attracted over £50m of funding to establish research that has led to the establishment of NIBEC, CHIC, NICAM, NanotecNI, ECME, Biodevices Lab and BEST and is a co-founder of various companies including the wireless-patient-monitoring company Intelesens. He also led the successful Xprize Tricorder Zensor team to overall 3rd position and has developed a wide range of industrial and international academic collaborations.

Jim’s role in the project is to lead Work Package 4 on the development of devices for on site monitoring of drinking water quality.

Name:  Professor Helene McNulty

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  h.mcnulty@ulster.ac.uk

Helene McNulty is Professor of Human Nutrition & Dietetics in the School of Biomedical Sciences and is Director of the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), a centre of excellence for nutrition research at Ulster University. She is an elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy and Fellow of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences.  The purpose of her research (with particular expertise in B vitamins) is to provide greater understanding of nutrition-related health issues, to achieve tangible impact to facilitate policy aimed at disease prevention, and to drive innovation activities. Apart from managing a large research group, Helene is actively involved in lecturing in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics at undergraduate and masters levels, and in supervising research students to PhD level.

Helene’s role in the SAFEWATER project is to lead research focussed on the health impacts of implementing water treatment interventions (developed within this project) into households in rural communities in Mexico and Colombia. In this role, she will interact closely with academic and NGO partners across a range of disciplines at Ulster, Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.

Name: Dr Nigel Ternan

Organisation: Ulster University

Email: ng.ternan@ulster.ac.uk

Nigel Ternan is Senior lecturer in Microbiology in the School of Biomedical Sciences at Coleraine.  He leads C. difficile research within the Nutrition innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), which is part of the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute at Ulster. He has over 20 years experience in delivery of innovative solutions in projects employing photocatalytic bioreactors for water treatment (PEBCAT), in the areas of characterising novel microbial enzymes for industrial use, and in development of novel microbial biosensors and methods of microbial pathogen detection for water treatment.  He has secured > € 1M in funding from UK EPSRC, and EU programmes, holds UK and EU patents in the area of microbial diagnostics and has 39 research articles and reviews in high impact factor peer-reviewed journals.

Nigel’s role in Safewater is in supervision of the water microbiology research associate in support of the development of water treatment technologies and water quality sensors.

Name:  Professor Rory O’Connell

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  r.oconnell@ulster.ac.uk

Prof Rory O’Connell is Professor of Human Rights and Constitutional Law and Director of the Transitional Justice Institute (TJI). He has published widely on socioeconomic rights and equality, and has participated in a major interdisciplinary project on budget analysis and the advancement of socioeconomic rights in Northern Ireland.

Rory’s role in the SAFEWATER project is to research the implications of social, cultural, political and legal aspects associated with the delivery of household based water treatment interventions in developing regions.

Name:  Dr Ruth Price

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  rk.price@ulster.ac.uk

Ruth Price is the Clinical Trials Manager in the School of Biomedical Science at Ulster University.  Based in the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) Ruth is responsible for supporting and overseeing the human intervention studies being conducted within the centre.   Her personal research focuses on malnutrition, both under- and over-nutrition, with a particular focus on ingestive behaviour, related health outcomes and the effects of treatment.  She is a member of the Research Ethics Committee, Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) and Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), and serves on the committee for the IFST, Northern Ireland Clinical Trials Unit and Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility.

Ruth’s role in the SAFEWATER project is within Work Package 5, supporting the design and ethical / governance approval for the Health Impact Studies.

Name:  Mr Alan Liddle

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  a.liddle@ulster.ac.uk

Alan is the Safewater Project Manager at Ulster University. He is taking a leading role in the design, delivery and monitoring of the SAFEWATER project. Prior to joining Ulster University, he was Scottish Enterprise’s lead in their Sector team for Water / Wastewater, where he successfully drove the concept and case for the Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service. He also took a leading role in delivering on the agency’s Subsea Engineering Opportunity Plan, which promoted Scotland’s capabilities to assess areas of future opportunity and develop an approach across other sectors such as marine renewables. He also acted as a Project Manager for Scottish Enterprise’s Business Infrastructure team. Previously, Alan was a service manager in Antrim Borough Council including managing its Economic Development activities. There, he managed several multi-funded projects including a Building Sustainable Prosperity Programme and a Townscape Heritage Initiative for Antrim.

Name: Dr. Helen Lubarsky

Organisation: Ulster University, School of Engineering

Email: h.lubarsky@ulster.ac.uk

Helen Lubarsky is a Research scientist working on Water Treatment within the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) in Ulster University.

Helen works in the SAFEWATER project WP 3. Helen’s personal research interests are in microbial ecology, antimicrobial resistance, microbial extracellular polymers, water pollution and water purification. Part of her research interest in ecosystem function includes the interdisciplinary study of biogenic stabilisation, where she contributed significantly to the development on new techniques to measure the adhesive nature of natural surfaces. Helen has a broad experience in microbiological techniques and works together with scientists from other research areas. Helen is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) and editor of Journal of Ecology & Natural Resources (JENR).

Name:  Dr Jeremy Hamilton

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  jwj.hamilton@ulster.ac.uk

 

Jeremy Hamilton is a Research Fellow within Ulster University’s School of Engineering.  He is a member of the photocatalysis research group within the Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC).   His personal research is focused on implementation of novel materials/technologies for humanitarian challenges including healthcare diagnostics, water purification, energy and environmental remediation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, with over ten years’ experience working in material science, investigating the properties of nanomaterials for diverse applications. Jeremy has experience particularly in the use of nanomaterials for photocatalytic water treatment and sensor applications.   Jeremy’s role in the SAFEWATER project is primarily in WP4 developing point-of-use devices for water quality assessment.  He will also contribute to the development and testing of low cost water disinfection technologies.

Name:  Dr Samuel Ginja

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  s.ginja@ulster.ac.uk

Samuel is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Behaviour Analysis at the School of Psychology, since March 2018. His role in this project includes developing, planning, monitoring and evaluating a behavioural intervention to increase the use of safe water technologies. Samuel graduated with a degree in Psychology and master’s in Clinical Psychology, both at the University of Minho in his native Portugal. In 2016, he completed a PhD at the Institute of Health & Society, Newcastle University, examining the feasibility of an incentive scheme to increase active travel to school. During and after the PhD, he worked as a research assistant (2015-2016), and then as a research associate (2016-2018), on the evaluation of a mobile app to increase the wellbeing of pregnant women and new mothers. His interests lie, broadly, in behaviour change theory, research and practice.

Name:  Dr William Snelling

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  b.snelling@ulster.ac.uk

William (Bill) joined the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health as a Research Associate (microbiology) in January 2018 for the SAFEWATER team.  He obtained his Molecular Microbiology PhD at Ulster University (supervised by Prof James Dooley) and examined the epidemiology & survival of the waterborne pathogen Campylobacter. As a Postdoc at University College Cork, Bill discovered that HorB (HP0127) is a gastric epithelial cell adhesion in Helicobacter pylori.  He then returned to Ulster University as a Postdoc and applied molecular methods to improve understanding of major human pathogens  Prior to taking up his current position Bill spent some time at Randox, where he was employed as a Senior Scientist responsible for the R&D of diagnostic immunoassays to detect drugs of abuse. He was also employed as a Virology Researcher at Queen’s University, and a Data Manager in the Northern Ireland Cancer Trials Network at Belfast City Hospital.

Name:  Ms Janeet Rondón-Sulbarán

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  j.rondon-sulbaran@ulster.ac.uk

Janeet is a social researcher in the Ulster Business School.  Prior to her appointment to the post of Research Associate for SAFEWATER, she was a member of a research team at the School of Health Sciences at Ulster University undertaking an evaluation on technology-enriched supported accommodation for people experiencing dementia in Northern Ireland.  Janeet has considerable experience in community-based research in the area of mental health, particularly in service access for deprived or vulnerable groups and needs assessments of people experiencing mental health issues.  Her other research interests focus on user engagement and participation.  Before moving to Northern Ireland in 1993, Janeet was a lecturer at the University of Los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela, where she was born.   Janeet’s role in the SAFEWATER project is Research Associate for the user engagement and adoption theme of the programme.  In this role, she will assist Dr Mike Brennan, the lead of this project, with the engagement of end-users in the early stages of the research using a transdisciplinary approach.   She will also contribute with her expertise in fieldwork and data collection and analysis.

Name:  Dr Santosh Gaihre

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:  s.gaihre@ulster.ac.uk

Dr Santosh Gaihre joined the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the SAFEWATER project. Santosh earned his PhD in Public Health from the University of Aberdeen in 2017, investigating the multisector approach to improve food security, nutrition, the household environment and health in low and middle-income countries. Prior to joining Ulster, Santosh was working as a Research Fellow at the Epidemiology Group, University of Aberdeen. He has expertise in a range of research settings, both in high and low-income settings. His research interests seek to understand how best to develop and deliver community-based approaches to address environmental, lifestyle and social aspects of population health and health promotion research in low and middle-income countries.

Name:  Ms. Anukriti Singh

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:   singh-a3@ulster.ac.uk

Anukriti is a PhD student in the Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC), within the School of Engineering. Her PhD research theme is Clean Water: Development of light active nanomaterials for enhanced solar photocatalytic disinfection of water. She graduated from Amity University, India in 2015 with a Master of Technology degree in Nanotechnology and her past research experience includes synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for water treatment and sensing applications.

Her research interests focus on 1) Development novel photocatalytic nanomaterials for disinfection of water.  2) Use of solar photocatalysis as a tertiary technology in wastewater treatment.  As a part of Safewater, Anukriti’s scientific research will be contributing to the WP3 (Low cost technologies for water treatment).

Name:  Ms. Kerry Wallace

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:   Wallace-K11@ulster.ac.uk

Kerry is a PhD Researcher at Ulster University Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment. Her role is within WP3 of the Safewater Project focusing on low cost technologies for water treatment. Prior to joining the team Kerry completed her undergraduate and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Physics at Queens University before joining the Crisis Response Team for the Red Cross. This work, along with working with communities in Cambodia, propelled her back into research with an interest in seeing science and engineering provide humanitarian relief for communities in developing regions. Her focus within the project is on testing and evaluating low cost, effective disinfection treatments, focusing on Solar Disinfection and UVC treatment.

Name:  Stuart McMichael

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:   McMichael-S@ulster.ac.uk

Stuart is a PhD Researcher at Ulster University (UU) based in the Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC) working on electrochemical enhancement of photocatalytic disinfection. Prior to starting his PhD at UU he completed a BEng Degree at UU (2017), during which time he completed a year working with a local engineering company within their international department. His work involved mechanical design engineering and assisting with design problems when they occurred with the factory staff in India.

His role within Work Package 3 focuses on low cost treatment technologies as an associated PhD Researcher.

Name:  Amit Singhal

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:   Singhal-A@ulster.ac.uk

Amit is currently pursuing his PhD. in relation to “Solar photocatalytic disinfection of water”. For this he has secured Vice Chancellor’s Research Scholarships, 2018. Prior to undertaking his PhD, he worked as a research fellow for five years in the Avantha Centre for Industrial Research & Development, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana (India). Previously, he obtained his B. Tech – M. Tech dual degree in Nanotechnology from the Centre for Converging Technologies, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (India). He did M. Tech dissertation work on the topic titled “Microwave Synthesis of Calcium Copper Titanate and its Feasibility as Nanofiller for Polymer Composites” at Centre for Nanotechnology, BHEL, Corporate R & D, Hyderabad (India). His research interests revolve around the nanomaterials for different applications and improving the existing systems.

Name:  Dr Mwansa Jere

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:   Jere-M1@ulster.ac.uk

Dr Mwansa Jere joined the SAFEWATER project as a PhD researcher after a few years working as a medical doctor in a rural community in Zambia and completing an MSc with the University of Edinburgh. During her time as a medical doctor, she developed an interest in community and population health particularly in women and children living in rural disadvantaged communities. Working in a community where few had ready access to safe drinking water despite being located only a few hundred meters from one of the longest rivers in Africa, Mwansa had first-hand experience of the effects of unsafe water on health.

Mwansa’s PhD is aimed at investigating the nutrition and health impacts of implementing low-cost technologies for clean water and specifically to produce a body of work that provides an evidence base to address health solutions for marginalised communities.

Name:  Abdullah

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:   Abdullah@ulster.ac.uk

Abdullah is a PhD student carrying out research into developing low cost devices able to detect fecal contamination in water. He is based in the department of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment. He has received his bachelors in electronics engineering and masters in industrial engineering and management. He has industrial experience of over 5 years mainly in Jet fuel quality. He has previously worked in an Oil Company where he worked with sensors and electronic systems for analysis of fuel quality. He also worked as freelance engineer for various small electronic solution projects. His field of interest is biosensors, image processing and use of artificial intelligence in sensing devices.

Name: Anne-Mette Nielsen

Organisation: Ulster University

Email:   Nielsen-AM@ulster.ac.uk

Anne-Mette is a PhD student in the School of Engineering. She received her BSc and MSc in Environmental Engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark in 2015 providing her with a broad background and enabling an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues. Prior to joining Ulster University in 2018, she worked as a consulting engineer in a Danish wastewater business, designing and supervising the construction of sewer systems. She was also coordinator of the local branch of Engineers Without Borders in Aarhus and assisted on relief projects providing boreholes in Sierra Leone.

Anne-Mette’s role in the SAFEWATER project is focused on the integration of rainwater harvesting and low-cost technologies for water treatment within sustainable housing design.

Name: Teri Bigham

Organisation: Ulster University

Email: Bigham-T@ulster.ac.uk

Miss Teri Bigham is a current first year PhD student of Professor James Davis, a Co-I on the Safewater project. She graduated from the University of Dundee with a MSci degree in molecular microbiology and moved to Belfast from Edinburgh. She is a member of the Microbiology Society.

Teri has also completed two microbiology based summer placements in research laboratories focusing on gene expression and the formation of biofilms of Listeria monocytogenes.

Teri’s role in the Safewater project is in the detection of faecal coliforms, using low cost systems, which the NGOs engaging with the rural communities, can then use to offer as affordadble solutions for the beneficiaries.

Anne-Mette’s role in the SAFEWATER project is focused on the integration of rainwater harvesting and low-cost technologies for water treatment within sustainable housing design.