Barry Fitzgerald is a research scientist and superhero enthusiast. He is currently a researcher in the Process & Energy department in the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE) at Technical University of Delft (TU Delft).
In addition to being a researcher, Barry is also active in the area of scientific communication and outreach through his company BW Science, which he established in 2014. He has given hundreds of scientific talks in Ireland and the Netherlands at schools, universities, and public events such as Dutch Comic Con, Xmas Comic Con, Science Week Ireland, the Galway International Arts Festival, Delft International Festival of Technology and Studium Generale. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the open access journal “Superhero Science and Technology”.
In 2016 Barry self-published his first book “Secrets of Superhero Science” in which he describes the fundamental science and advanced scientific research that could yield superpowers in the future. He has also written a book about the science behind Santa Claus entitled “Secret Science of Santa Claus”, which was published in October 2016. In addition he has published scientific papers on superheroes in the journals Advances in Physiology Education and Physics Education.
Barry has seen the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War more than 40 times and his superpower will always remain a closely guarded secret.