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501 BLDG/Room 102
(205) 975-8461

Research and Teaching Interests: Ferrous and non-ferrous metal casting and forming

Office Hours: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

Education:

  • B.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham, Materials Engineering
  • M.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham, Materials Engineering

Solving problems is what interests me in my position at UAB. It can be as simple as repairing machinery or as complicated as determining the source of field failures or low performance properties in a recently developed steel. My position at UAB gives me the opportunity to pursue these interests on a daily basis. It is also important that the students working in the casting lab develop problem solving skills as that are what an employer wants when they hire one of our graduates. We expose our students to real world problems and the sponsors who want them solved so the student has an appreciation of the time and financial constraints that they will face in their career. I have been paid with soft money my entire career so I have an appreciation of these constraints.

Recent Courses

  • MSE 433/533 Nondestructive Evaluation of Materials
  • MSE 614/714 Process Quality Engineering

Select Publications

  • Foley, R.D.; David, M.D.; Griffin, J.; Monroe, C., “Microstructural Characterization and Thermodynamic Simulation of Cast Al-Zn-Mg-Cu Alloys,” Int. J. Metalcasting, 10(1), 2-20, January 2016
  • Foley, R.; Griffin, J.; Monroe, C., “Characterization of a Cast Low Alloy, Ultra-High Strength Martensitic Steel,” SFSA T&O Conference 2016, Chicago, IL, Dec 2016
  • Foley, R.; Griffin, J.; Monroe, C.; “The Effect of Pouring Conditions on the Skin Effect in Ductile Iron” Submitted to the Ductile Iron Society (2016).
  • Griffin J., Foley, R., and Blair, M.; “ASTM A833 Portable Comparison Hardness Testing Precision,”   Proceedings of the 68th SFSA Technical and Operating Conference, Steel Founders' Society of America, Chicago, IL, 2014, Paper 5.6
  • Griffin, J. and Foley, R.; “Literature Review of Table 9 in ASTM A370,” Proceedings of the 68th SFSA Technical and Operating Conference, Steel Founders' Society of America, Chicago, IL, 2014, Paper 5.3

Academic Distinctions & Professional Memberships

  • ASTM International
  • American Foundry Society
  • 2016 ASTM Award of Appreciation from Sub-committees A01.13 and A01.06
  • 2015 American Foundry Society Best Paper Award Cast Iron Division
  • 2015 American Foundry Society Best Paper Award Lost Foam Division
  • 2012 Thomas E. Barlow Award of Honor from Steel Founders’ Society of America.
  • 2012 American Foundry Society Hall/Heroult Scientific Merit Award
  • 2011 Defense Manufacturing Technology Achievement Award