Welcome to the Steel Research Hub

This ground-breaking initiative, which has attracted funding of almost $13M over 5 years, including significant investments from the Australian Research Council and BlueScope, is testament to the critical importance of this industry in Australia, and demonstrates the value that both industry and government place in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research.

Led by the University of Wollongong, the Steel Research Hub brings together key partner, BlueScope, with Arrium, Bisalloy, Cox Architects, Australian Steel Institute, Lysaght, Stockland and the University of Queensland, University of Newcastle, Swinburne University of Technology, RMIT and Monash University, to drive its research program.

More recently, GFG Alliance (e.g. Liberty Primary Steel) and ArcelorMittal (based in France) joined the Steel Research Hub.

Hub History

The University of Wollongong’s partnership with BlueScope and its predecessors Australian Iron and Steel (AI&S) and BHP Steel dates back to its very earliest days.

The need to train technical staff for BHP’s Port Kembla Steelworks was one of the prime reasons for the establishment in 1951 of a Wollongong division of the NSW University of Technology (later UNSW).

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Dr Paul Zulli

Steel Research Hub Director

Dr Paul Zulli was appointed Director of the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing in March 2017. He is an internationally recognised leader in steel manufacturing R&D, combining over 30 years of technical and management experience across the steel and ferrous minerals industries. He has an established reputation for delivery of tactical and strategic project outcomes into operating businesses. An influential senior manager, he has actively sought to bridge the gaps between academic research products and innovative industrial solutions, with the goal to provide value-adding and sustainable outcomes. His specific areas of scientific interest include simulation methods and operational systems concerned with complex manufacturing processes, coupled with experimentation at various scales. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Nathan Wright

Steel Research Hub manager

Nathan Wright was appointed as Hub Manager in April 2017, in a joint role as Research Development Manager for the Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences (EIS). Nathan has been with UOW since 2014, after previously holding Finance & Research roles at ANU and University of Sydney. Nathan has a background of financial, contractual and project management of research programs within Universities, and it is hoped that the dual-nature of the role will help facilitate further collaborations related to the Hub while ensuring the delivery of a Hub program with direct impact for industry.


Bonnie Johnston

Steel Research Hub Coordinator

Bonnie Johnston was appointed as Steel Research Hub Administration Coordinator in June 2017. She started her career with a Business Administration traineeship at Skydive the Beach and continued her studies by completing a business Diploma the following year. Bonnie has over 5 years’ experience within different Administration roles at the University of Wollongong including finance, customer service and travel.