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Michael Gormley is the Director of the Water Academy at Heriot-Watt University. He is a  chartered engineer with over 30 years experience in both industry and academia. He is a specialist in water supply and sanitation as well as an electrical building services engineer. He is a named inventor on international patents and has secured continuous research funding since becoming a full time Lecturer in 2006. 

 

Originally qualified as an Electronics Engineer, he spent 5 years in the field of electronic systems design and computer networking before becoming involved in the technological aspects of Building Services Engineering. During this time he spent a two year sabbatical in Uganda where he developed an interest in the provision of water supply and sanitation in low/middle income communities. He completed an MSc in Building Services Engineering in 1998 at Heriot-Watt University for which he obtained a distinction.

In 2000 he joined the Drainage Research Team to work on the development of a positive air pressure transient attenuator (PAPA) for use in building drains. www.Studor.net/papa  The results of this development were submitted as an MPhil thesis which was awarded in 2002. Following the work on the PAPA he undertook a PhD study into the interaction of solids in horizontal drainage systems. He graduated with a PhD in 2004. He is a named inventor on a patent for a sonar-like system for the identification of defects in building drainage systems. He was appointed as a Lecturer in the Architectural Engineering programme at the School of the built Environment and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in August 2012.

 

Since 2011 he has developed research interests in the field of pathogen cross transmission and cross contamination and leads a team of interdisciplinary researchers including microbiologists and engineers investigating Pathogen Research in the Built Environment (PRoBE) with close links to public health engineering.


His current research interests can be summarised as follows; fundamental research on numerical modelling of fluid flows in water supply and sanitation systems; applied to three broad fields of study   – building drainage system product development, public health engineering and water and sanitation in an international development context.

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Research Output

COVID-19: mitigating transmission via wastewater plumbing systems

Gormley, M., Aspray, T. J. & Kelly, D. A., May 2020, In : Lancet Global Health. 8, 5, p. e643

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    Untangling the causes of the 2016–18 Cholera epidemic in Yemen

    Gormley, M., Jun 2018, In : Lancet Global Health. 6, 6, p. e600-e601 2 p.

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    Prizes

    Carter Bronze medal for best original research paper , 2007 (Co-Author)

    Michael Gormley (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 3 Participation in conference
    • 3 Publication peer-review
    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Hosting a visiting group

    UAE Trade Delegation to the UK

    Michael Gormley (Chair), Alexandra Jane Wyatt MacLaren (Organiser), Olisanwendu Ogwuda (Organiser)
    18 Mar 201921 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventHosting a visiting group

    The Lancet Global Health (Journal)

    Michael Gormley (Peer reviewer)
    1 Mar 2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    4th International Emerging Technology Symposium 2014

    Michael Gormley (Invited speaker)
    23 Apr 201425 Apr 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    4th International Emerging Technology Symposium 2014

    Michael Gormley (Invited speaker)
    23 Apr 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Sanitation Community of Practice (SanCop)

    Michael Gormley (Invited speaker)
    19 Apr 2013

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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