Contact InformationMichael Worswick

Phone: 519-888-4567 x35830
Location: EC4 1141


Biography Summary

Michael Worswick is a Professor in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department and holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Light Weight Materials Under Extreme Deformation: Forming and Impact.

His research activities involve forming high strain rate material behavior and structural crash worthiness for automotive manufacturing. Professor 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, and was also elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers in 2010.

Professor Worswick leads research activity in automotive stamping, hydroforming, warm forming, hot die stamping and crash applications, as well as impact behaviour of materials. The major focus of his research is the response of materials under the gross deformation conditions associated with forming and impact.

Professor Worswick is also 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.

In addition, Professor Worswick is a member of scientific committees for a number of major international conferences and sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Impact Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Sheet Metal Forming
  • Tube Hydroforming
  • High Strain Rate Material Behaviour
  • Numerical Simulation Of Vehicle Crashworthiness
  • Advanced Materials Joining
  • Automotive
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Lightweighting


  • 1988, Doctorate, Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1984, Master's, Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1982, Bachelor's, Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • ME 725 - Special Topics in Advanced Stress Analysis
    • Taught in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • ME 423 - Mechanical Design 2
    • Taught in 2015, 2018, 2019
  • ME 620 - Mechanics of Continua
    • Taught in 2016
* Only courses taught in the past 5 years are displayed.

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Imbert, J and Worswick, M, Development of an Interrupted Pulse Expanding Ring Test, 7th International Conference on High Speed Forming, April 27th-28th 2016, Dortmund, Germany, 2016
  • Kohar, Christopher P and Zhumagulov, Amir and Brahme, Abhijit and Worswick, Michael J and Mishra, Raja K and Inal, Kaan, Development of high crush efficient, extrudable aluminium front rails for vehicle lightweighting, International Journal of Impact Engineering, 95, 2016, 17 - 34
  • Rahmaan, T and Bardelcik, A and Imbert, J and Butcher, C and Worswick, MJ, Effect of strain rate on flow stress and anisotropy of DP600, TRIP780, and AA5182-O sheet metal alloys, International Journal of Impact Engineering, 88, 2016, 72 - 90
  • Jenab, Arash and Sarraf, Iman Sari and Green, Daniel E and Rahmaan, Taamjeed and Worswick, Michael J, The Use of genetic algorithm and neural network to predict rate-dependent tensile flow behaviour of AA5182-O sheets, Materials & Design, 94, 2016, 262 - 273
  • Rahmaan, Taamjeed and Butcher, Cliff and Abedini, Armin and Worswick, Michael, Effect of strain rate on shear properties and fracture characteristics of DP600 and AA5182-O sheet metal alloys, EPJ Web of Conferences, 94, 2015