Matthew J. Gonser

Instructor/Research Specialist, Mechanical Engineering
Tel: 815-753-2308


  • Ph.D. in Welding Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2010
  • M.S. in Welding Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2006
  • B.S. in Welding Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2004

Research Interests

  • Additive Manufacturing; Developing novel processes and procedures using additive manufacturing (AM) to realize new uses for the technology in the manufacturing environment.
  • Energy Manufacturing; Using AM processes to create more energy efficient components for industry or components used in energy applications such as engines, fuel cells, etc.
  • Advanced Material Characterization – Use of Scanning Electron Microscopy, Electron Back-Scatter Diffraction, Transmission Electron Microscopy, and X-Ray Diffraction to determine microstructure of manufactured components and relate to properties through thermo-mechanical testing.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques; Friction Stir Welding, Very High Power Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing, Selective Laser Melting, 3D Printing.
  • Thermal Analysis; Use of sensors, embedded or external, to map thermal signatures of manufactured components (AM, welding, or cladding) to directly correlate to properties and microstructure.

Work Experience

  • Instructor, College of Engineering & Engineering Technology, Northern Illinois University
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Illinois University
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Material Science & Engineering, Welding Engineering Program, The Ohio State University (2010)
  • Research Intern, Chrysler LLC (Formerly DaimlerChrysler), Chrysler Corporate Research Facility (2004)

Professional Associations

  • ASTM F42 Committee on Additive Manufacturing Technologies member.  Embedded within ASTM F42.05 Materials and Processes subcommittee.

Selected Publications

  • M.R. Sriraman, Matt Gonser, Hiromichi T. Fujii, S.S. Babu, Matt Bloss.  Thermal Transients During Processing of Materials by Very High Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing
  • Journal of Materials Processing Technology 211, 1650-1657, 2011
  • Matthew Gonser, Theodore Hogan.  Chapter 14 in Arc Welding.Arc Welding Health Effects, Fume Formation Mechanisms, and Characterization Methods, Published by Intech, 299-320.2011
  • J. Roberts, N. Pohlman, M. Gonser. Characterization of Titanium Powder: Microscopic views and Macroscopic flow, Powder Technology, 2012.
  • F.M. Sciammarella, M. Gonser, M. Styrcula. Laser Additive Manufacturing of Pure Copper, RAPID 2013.

Research Projects

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Measurement Science for Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) research program.; Co-Principal Investigator.
  • Sub-contract to produce Thermal Fatigue Immersion test specimen for the Department of Energy.; Co-Principal Investigator.