Don Monroe


After my Ph.D. and more than twenty years of physics and technology research, since 2003 I have been a freelance science writer, covering a wide range of topics including biology, physics, and technology.



New York University, New York, NY
Science and Environmental Reporting Program
Master’s Degree in Journalism


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Ph.D. Physics.
Research on amorphous semiconductors


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
B.S. Physics

Employment History


Freelance writer (details below)


Guest Lecturer, Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program, New York University


Editorial Intern at


Intern at Physical Review Focus


Consultant, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies


Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Agere Systems
Integrated circuit reliability, integrated optics


Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies
Gate oxides, novel transistors, and reliability


Member of Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Labs
Low-temperature physics, superconductors, optical fibers, Silicon-Germanium heterostructures

Writing Experience

[For a continually updated list and writing samples, please look under "Clips" at .]

  • Communications of the Association of Computing Machinery (CACM): Computing stories and related science topics
  • Cancer Target Discovery and Development (CTD2): Stories highlighting research from this cancer genetics network (a project of the National Cancer Institute)
  • New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS): Dozens of meeting summaries for a wide range of symposia, mostly in biology
  • Materials Research Society: next-day talk summaries of materials-science talks for online meeting reports.
  • National Research Council: meeting report on the future of the HAARP facility
  • Physics: Focus: (formerly Physical Review Focus): Journalistic stories on American Physical Society (APS) journal articles for curious nonspecialists
  • Physics: Synopses: short summaries of APS journal articles
  • Alexandria Summit: comprehensive report on talks and panel discussion related to precision cancer medicine at the 2011 Oncology Summit
  • Systems Biology Verification (sbv) IMPROVER: Summaries for the organization meetings of a large scientific project to proactively assess human health and toxicology related to potential products.
  • Science: A molecular evolution story for the news section of this eminent journal
  • Scientific American: News items for a general audience with a scientific bent
  • PLoS Biology: Synopses and a feature story for this biology journal
  • Technology Review: News for this magazine on future technology published by MIT
  • The Santa Fe Institute: Meeting summaries and stories for the SFI Bulletin
  • SciDAC review: Describing projects in large-scale scientific computing at the U.S. Department of Energy
  • The Scientist: News and a feature for this life sciences magazine
  • Other clients include: Cold Spring Harbor Labs, The Rockefeller University, The University of Illinois, Drug Discovery and Development, AMDeC, ASCR Discovery and Columbia University

Editorial Experience

  • 2010-present: Science Editor for occasional issues of the Materials Research Society Bulletin
  • 2007: Assistant to the Editor of Physical Review Focus
  • 2006-2007: Editing of SPIE Newsroom articles for Form and Content Media
  • 1999-2003: Founding member of the Editorial board, IEEE Transactions on Device and Materials Reliability

Service Activities

  • 2015: American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award selection committee for articles.
  • 2007-2008: American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award selection committee for works written by scientists
  • 2006-2014: Jobs webmaster for the Science Writers in New York

Software Skills

  • Expert in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Confident in HTML, FrontPage, and Dreamweaver
  • Comfortable with Photoshop, WordPress
  • Competent with C++, Java, perl, LaTeX

Technical Publications, Patents

  • Author or coauthor of more than seventy-five technical publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences proceedings.
  • Five U.S. patents on novel transistors and optical fiber reliability

Societies and Awards

  • 2007 Winner of the Science Writing Award in Acoustics for Journalists from the Acoustical Society of America
  • Merck Science Journalism Student Award 2004
  • Member of the National Association of Science Writers
  • Member of New England Science Writers
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (lapsed)
  • Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (lapsed)

Unique Experience

Member of the five-person committee appointed to investigate the possibility of scientific misconduct by J. Hendrik Schön, 2002.