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Associate Professor, Associate Director of the Manufacturing at the Point-of-Need Center

Manufacturing at the Point-of-Need Center, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

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  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa, 2008
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa, 2005
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2003


Dr. Monroe’s research interests focus on the relationship of part performance, manufacturing process, and material properties with the goal to make robust and more capable components with efficient cost. He believes this is possible through using computer process simulation and understanding the variability and unknowns of the manufacturing process towards achieving the theoretical maximum material limits. Innovative solutions that using multiple manufacturing techniques and extreme conditions to generate improved location specific properties leveraged by designers for application.

Before joining the MTE Department at UA, Dr. Monroe was an Associate Professor in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he focused on industry and defense research to solve manufacturing problems in cast iron, aluminum high pressure die casting, and cast steel processes.

Latest Publications

  • Warriner, W; Monroe, C “Open-Source MATLAB Code for Hotspot Identification and Feeder Generation,” Int. J. Metalcasting, January 2019
  • Ge, J.; Monroe, C., “The Effect of Coefficient of Restitution in Modeling of Sand Granular Flow for Core Making: Part I Free-Fall Experiment and Theory” Int. J. Metalcasting, 13(1), January 2019
  • Biswas, S.; Monroe, C., “Identifying Cast Iron Microstructure Variation Using Acoustic Resonance Techniques” Int. J. Metalcasting, 13(1), 26-46, January 2019
  • Warriner, W; Monroe, C. “Locating Solidification Hot Spots and Feeder Positions in Casting Geometries by Image Analysis,” Int. J. Metalcasting, 12(2), April 2018
  • Monroe, W.; Monroe, C.; Foley, R., “The spacing transform: Application and validation,” Materials Characterization, 127:88-94 May 2017