Professor Tim McCarthy was appointed to the Chair of Structural Steel and Design in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong in December 2004. Prior to that, he was Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Offshore Structures at the University of Manchester in UK (1985‐2004). In addition to his research into sustainable construction.  He has a MSc in Offshore Structures from Cranfield University in the UK and completed his PhD and the Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre at University College Cork in 1989.

Tim is passionate about engineering education and is the Director of the Engineering and Mathematics Education Research Group at UOW. He is the Principal investigator on a major research project into the use of cold formed steel in mid-rise residential buildings at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre.  He combines his interest in renewable energy such as wave energy with onshore sustainability research.

Tim is the Academic Leader of Steel Hub Project B2.1 researching into mid-rise residential buildings constructed from light gauge cold formed steel.  This project aims to demonstrate the structural, constructional and financial feasibility of cold formed steel solutions for residential apartment buildings up to 25 m high.