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Dennis Harwig

  • Research Associate Professor, Materials Science Engineering
  • EJTC
    Room 110
    Columbus, OH 43221
  • 614-440-5124



B.S. Welding Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1985

M.S. Welding Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1988

Ph.D. Welding Engineering Technology, Cranfield University, 2003

Business & Technical Expertise

Hard working business development and technical leader who enjoys developing teams and professionals, and providing value to industrial partners.  Experience developing and leading a global engineering organization that led plant migrations, plant start-ups, new product introductions, and product data management.  Experience in product line, quality assurance and supply chain management.  Strong background in product engineering, project management, cross-functional team building, business process development, and technical standards.  Extensive experience in material joining technology, shape welding, advanced process development, product development, lab testing, and industrial fabrication.  Hands-on industrialist who has set-up many automated welding and fabrication applications.  Craftsman with very good manual welding skills.  Developer who has optimized the mechanical properties, soundness, and productivity of many material joining applications.  Recognized international expert in arc welding processes, metallurgy and automation. 

Technical Background

Dennis Harwig started his career as a welder in 1978.  He worked 2 years as a Welding & Manufacturing Engineer at General Electric Astrospace Division developing technology for refractory metal nuclear power equipment.  He worked 4 years as a Research Engineer at Babcock & Wilcox Alliance Research Center and was a principal inventor of the patented shape welding process.  He was promoted to Lead Welding Engineer & Program Manager and worked for 2 years at Babcock & Wilcox  Nuclear Equipment Division on Navy nuclear propulsion equipment.  Dennis joined EWI in 1994 and over 10 years served as Principal Engineer, Team Manager (Arc Welding and Automation), Cooperative Research Program Manager, and Technology Leader in Arc Welding, Materials, and Automation.  In 2004, he joined Thermadyne Industries’ Brand Management Division as Director of Global Engineering.  Shortly after, Dennis became Vice President of Global Engineering and Vice President of Global Quality at Thermadyne.  He rejoined EWI in 2008, and served as Business Development Director (2008-2011), Navy Joining Center Director (2010-2013), and Center Development Director (2011-2013).  In January 2014, Dennis joined the  American Welding Society as Chief Technology Officer where he led three departments; Technical Services, Education Development, and Education Operations whose combined operating revenue was over $13M.  In December 2015, Dr. Harwig joined The Ohio State University and Lift as Chief Innovation & Transition Officer.  In this dual appointment role, Dennis leads business development and commercialization opportunities to drive sustainability of Lift.

Dennis has published more than 110 presentations, proceedings, journal articles, and EWI Core Research Reports; recently served on nine AWS committees and three IIW committees; and developed eight patents.