Don Monroe


After my Ph.D. and nearly twenty years of physics and technology research, since 2003 I have been a freelance science and technology writer.



New York University , New York , NY
Science and Environmental Reporting Program
Masters 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


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 .]

  • Cancer Target Discovery and Development: Stories highlighting research from this cancer genetics network
  • New York Academy of Sciences: Dozens of meeting summaries for a wide range of symposia, mostly in biology
  • Physics: Focus (formerly Physical Review Focus): Journalistic stories on journal articles aimed at physics undergraduates
  • Physics: Synopses short summaries of physics journal articles
  • Communications of the Association of Computing Machinery: Computing stories
  • 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: Projects in scientific computing in 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 Communcation 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 the Science Writers in New York
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 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.