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Professor John W McBride PhD, CEng

Professor of Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Head of Mechatronics Engineering Group

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John McBride is an Engineering Professor at the University of Southampton.

Previously 2009-2017, the founder and CEO of the University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM); where he delivered the University’s first and only international campus. During 2010-2012, he was Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment; and from 1998-2010, the head of the Mechatronics research group.

He is an expert on electrical contact physics, nanomaterials and optical/X-ray metrology; he has published over 300 papers, 3 patents, and is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT).

As Principle Investigator, (PI) he has completed research projects in excess of £8 Million and graduated 26 Ph.D students. He has chaired sessions, acted on the organising committees, been technical chair and international chair of international conferences. In 2006 he was awarded the IEEE Holm Scientific Achievement Award, an international award recognising outstanding scientists and engineers in the field of electric contacts or related technologies. In 2008 he was awarded the international James A. Lindner Prize for research on early sound recording. In 2015 he co-authored the Best Paper, IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology. In 2018 he has given 2 plenary addresses, at international conferences, in China (May), and Serbia (Sept).

His research has led to the development of a number of spinout companies, these include 2 optical Metrology companies. In 2001 he established TaiCaan Technologies Ltd, a world leader in optical surface metrology.

Since 2012 he has been advising ASEAN Universities and Governments on issues around the globalisation of education, research assessment and industry collaboration. 

Research interests

  • instrumentation and measurement
  • electrical contact theory and application
  • plasma physics and arc discharges
  • surface metrology

Research group

Mechatronics Engineering Group

Research project(s)

Investigation of gold splutter coated vertically aligned multi-wall carbon nanotubes for RF MEMS contact surfaces - Dormant

Investigation into the Switching Characteristics of Gold Coated Carbon Nanotubes under Low Current Conditions

The contact mechanics of structured and Carbon-Nano-Tube (CNT) surfaces for electrical applications

The relationship between a 3D structured surface and hydrodynamic forces

Carbon Nano Tube (CNT) Composite Surfaces for Electrical Contact Interfaces

Since 2010, J.W.McBride has taken leadership in the establishment of the Universities First International Campus.

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Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Instrumentation SESM3002 Mechanical Engineering Course leader
Instrumentation for Marine Engineering SESM6001 Mechanical Engineering Course leader
Professor John W McBride
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 7/5028

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