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Darren M. Barborak

  • Adjunct Professor
  • 404-229-8829


Dr. Barborak has over thirty years’ experience performing and managing welding related research and development projects with expertise in arc welding processes and technology.  He has worked in many industrial segments including Fossil and Nuclear Power Generation, Heavy Manufacturing, Shipbuilding, Petrochemical, and Oil & Gas.



2009-present:   Director of Materials & Welding Technology, AZZ Specialty Welding.

2008-2009:         Senior Engineering Team Leader, Caterpillar, Inc.

1997-2008:         Partner & Vice President, WeldQC Inc.

1990-1997:         Senior Research Engineer, Edison Welding Institute.


Research Interests

Arc welding process research & development including automation, optimization, modelling, sensing and control.



The Ohio State University - Interdisciplinary PhD Welding Engineering & Electrical Engineering.

The Ohio State University - MSc Welding Engineering.

The Ohio State University - BSc Welding Engineering.


Professional Service

2016-present:   Member, ASME Sec. XI Working Group on Welding & Specialty Repair Processes.

2015-present:   Member, National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).

2014-present:   Member, Industrial Advisory Board for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Manufacturing & Material Joining Innovation (Ma2JIC).

2013-present:   Principle Reviewer, American Welding Society (AWS), Welding Journal Research Supplement.

2013-present:   Member, Industrial Advisory Board for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Welding & Technology Repair Center (WRTC).

2013-present:   Member, ASME Sec. XI WGW Task Group on Temper Bead Welding.

2012-present:   Member, American council to the International Institute of Welding (IIW).

2010-present:   Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

1986-present:   Member, American Welding Society (AWS).