Engineering and Information Sciences


John Norrish

Current Positions:

* Director of DMTC Limited

* Professor of Materials Welding and Joining - UOW

* Director of the Welded Structures Foundation


John Norrish has worked in the welding research area since 1969.

From 1969 to 1981 he was employed by the BOC group in the UK where he initially undertook welding process research. He later became Technical Manager of BOC ARC Equipment with responsibility for process and equipment research and development. During this time he was responsible for the introduction of the first electronically regulated, computer controlled welding power supplies. He was also involved in sponsoring early work on welding fume at Bradford University.

In 1981 John joined BOC's associate company (CIG) in Australia and became Consultant Welding Engineer for CIG in Queensland. He spent three years assisting industry mainly in Queensland with the development of welding procedures, technology audits, consumable development, surfacing technology, introduction of robotics, weld failure analysis. Much of this time was spent in the mining industry in central Queensland. During this time he was an active member of the WTIA branch committee and editor of the monthly newsletter.

He returned to the UK in 1985 to take up a position as senior lecturer at Cranfield University, where he later became Head of the Welding Group. In this role he was responsible for post-graduate education and research in welding processes and during his 10 years at Cranfield he was responsible for the supervision of more than 50 Masters and Doctoral research students. He became chairman of the education committee of TWI and was a member of the membership committee, and council.

John moved to the University of Wollongong in November 1995 to take up the Chair in Materials Welding and Joining. At Wollongong John has been responsible for coordinating welding research and education activities; initially those related to the Australian Cooperative Research Centre in Welded Structures. Current research activities include automation and mechanisation, robotic welding, pipeline girth welding, , GMAW process and power source optimisation, laser hybrid welding, weldability of HSLA and coated steels , welding fume control and welders health.

As education program manager of CRCWS he has been responsible for developing an innovative flexible delivery program for post graduate welding engineers. This has recently been audited and approved as the first flexible delivery program in the world to satisfy the IIW requirements for International Welding Engineer (IWE) qualifications.


John Norrish has two hundred publications in refereed journals and international conferences.

He is also the author of a Book - Advanced Welding Processes, originally published by The Institute of Physics in 1992 and revised and republished by Woodhead Publishing in 2006.

Research Interests:

John has a special interest in arc welding process control, metal transfer phenomena and health and safety in welding operations. He is a member of the Technical Committee of the International Institute of Welding (IIW), commission XII and study group 212 (Physics of welding). He also takes an active part in WTIA panels 7,9 and 14 in Australia.

Professional Activities:

* Chartered Engineering
* Fellow of the Welding Institute
* Eur Ing (FEANI)
* Fellow Welding Technology Institute of Australia
* Member of the American Welding Society


John has been the recipient of several awards; these include the Ramsay Moon and Sir WilliamHudson Medals for several publications.

In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious International Institute of Welding E.O.Paton award for a lifetime contribution to welding research.

Future Research Topics:

Laser Hybrid and Tandem Wire GMAW Processes, Mechanisms of Metal Transfer, Fume Control and health effects in Welders