Professor McCormick has made distinguished contributions to materials science, industrial innovation and to solar energy studies. He has formulated a model which is the basis of current dynamic strain ageing theory. He has developed a constitutive model of time dependent dynamic strain phenomena and has exten+ded this to describe time dependent magnetisation effects. He has utilised mechanical alloying and mechanochemical processing for destruction of toxic wastes (DDT and PCB's), the preparation of new magnetic materials and the production of nano particulate powders. McCormick has been instrumental in establishing Advanced Powder Technology Pty. Ltd., to exploit these discoveries.