Dr Mervyn Smyth

Executive Director

Dr Mervyn Smyth obtained a 1st Class BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering and PhD for solar energy research both from the University of Ulster. Dr Smyth has over 7 years experience in the HVAC industry prior to taking up the position of Lecturer in Building Services Engineering at the University of Ulster, followed by a senior lecturer / teaching fellow position with the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.He was promoted to Reader in Solar Thermal Technologies at the Ulster University in 2008.

Dr Mervyn Smyth was the NI Regional Chairman of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (2009 to 2012). Dr Smyth has a particular interest in solar thermal systems and has been involved in the design, development, fabrication and evaluation of various types of solar water heating units. He has over 15 years of experience in the experimental characterisation of solar energy technologies under real and simulated conditions.


Dominic McLarnon

Executive Director

Dominic McLarnon graduated from the University of Ulster with a BEng (Hons) in Engineering and from Queens University Belfast with an MSc in Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering Design. In early 1990s he secured a research associate post in the Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) at the Ulster University focusing on research into sustainable construction, building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) through to low carbon building technologies.

In early 2000 he became Design for Environment Specialist and then Mechanical Design Manager for Nortel Networks where he was responsible for a global environmental product design strategy for the Nortel product line. In recent years Dominic returned to Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) at Ulster University to work as a Research Fellow in Low Carbon with a key objective to define collaborative working strategies, facilitate knowledge transfer and develop network opportunities in the field of renewable and low carbon technologies between the university and industry. Dominic has particular expertise in EU funding and is the current Horizon 2020 Northern Ireland Contact Point for Energy.

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