Michael Worswick is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering of the University of Waterloo and holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Light Weight Materials Under Extreme Deformation: Forming and Impact. His research activities encompass forming, high strain rate material behavior and structural crash worthiness for automotive manufacturing. Prof. Worswick is also co-Principal Investigator for the $46.5M "Initiative for Automotive Manufacturing Innovation", a joint initiative with McMaster University. He was the founding Executive Director of WatCAR, the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research. In 2010, he was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers.
Professor Worswick holds a BASc, MASc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, all from the University of Waterloo and is a Professional Engineer. He finished his PhD in 1988, worked three years as a Defence Scientist at the Defence Research Establishment Suffield (Alberta) and then taught for eight years in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University. He joined Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at Waterloo in July, 1998 and leads a research activity in automotive stamping, hydroforming, warm forming, hot die stamping and crash applications, as well as impact behaviour of materials. The major thrust of his research is the response of materials under the gross deformation conditions associated with forming and impact.
Professor Worswick is the Theme Leader for Forming and Crashworthiness in a NSERC Network-Developing Magnesium Materials for the Transportation Sector project (MagNET). His research is funded by both government agencies and industrial companies around the world. He is currently collaborating with Honda R&D North America, General Motors, Toyota Technical Centre, Magna International, ArcelorMittal, and Dana Canada. Recent collaborative contracts have been completed with GM Canada, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, and Ford.
Professor Worswick has published roughly 70 papers in refereed journals, has about 120 conference publications and has authored over 80 industrial research reports. He has supervised over 45 graduate students and about 20 post doctoral fellows and visiting researchers. He is a reviewer for about 10 international journals, sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Impact Engineering, and is a member of scientific committees for a number of major international conferences.