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Professor John W McBride PhD, CEng

CEO Malaysia Campus, Professor of Electro-Mechanical Engineering

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Professor John W McBride is Professor of Electro-Mechanical Engineering within Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton.

John McBride is the CEO of the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, prior to this he was the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment and a member of the electro-mechanical research group at the University of Southampton, UK. He is an expert on electrical contact physics and surface characterisation; he has published over 200 papers, 3 patents, and is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Components and Packaging Technology (CPT).

 As PI he has completed projects worth in excess of £7.5Million (RM37.5 Million) and supervised as chair over 20 Ph.D students. He has chaired sessions and acted on the organising committees of numerous 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 electrical contacts or related technologies. In 2008 he was team leader for the award of the international James A. Lindner Prize for research on the “Sound Archive Project”. In 2001 he established the spin out company TaiCaan Technologies a world leader in optical surface profiling.






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. He is currently the CEO of the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, USMC.


Book Chapters



Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Instrumentation SESM3002 Mechanical Engineering Course leader
Instrumentation for Marine Engineering SESM6001 Mechanical Engineering Course leader
Professor John W McBride
Engineering and the Environment University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number:13/4102

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