Charles Roche (USA)

Mr. Charles Roche

Visiting Assistant Professor

Western New England University

Dr. Roche is now full-time in academia with an emphasis in solid mechanics and design. In his prior tenure, he worked in the gas turbine industry for 28 years in structural analysis and testing. His last position at Pratt & Whitney was as the structures integration manager overseeing about 19,000 engines in the commercial fleet.

Other Employers/Contract Services

United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford                                     


GE Aircraft Engines, Lynn, MA                                                                                

1995 – 1996


Pratt & Whitney Engineering Technical University                                               

2002 - present

ANSYS Analysis of Composites

Introduction to Micromechanics

ANSYS Advanced Analysis of Composites

University of Connecticut                                                                                                  


Graduate level Introduction to the Mechanics of Composites

University of Hartford                                                                                                        


Undergraduate level Design of Machine Elements

Partial List of Publications

C.H. Roche and Steve Conner, A Comprehensive Look at Buckling of Cylinders Under External Pressure, NAFEMS World Congress, Boston, MASS, 2011.

C.H. Roche, Comparing ANSYS Shell Elements for Buckling Analysis, ANSYS Solutions magazine, Summer 2005.                                                                          

C.H. Roche, H.G. Halverson, Buckling of Cylinders Due to External Pressure, NAFEMS World Congress, Malta, May 2005.                                           

H.G. Halverson, C.H. Roche, Composites: Macro to Micro Modeling Issues, NAFEMS World Congress, Malta, May 2005.                                           

H. G. Halverson, M. L. Accorsi, C. H. Roche, Finite Element and Test Validation of the Genin-Hutchinson Constitutive Model for SiC/SiC, 29th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, January 23-28, 2005.              

C. Roche, H. G. Halverson, Understanding Buckling from the FEA Point of View, Benchmark, the international magazine for finite element analysts, October 2004.

C.H. Roche, P.P. Godston, Optimization Choices in Engineering, Proceedings of the NAFEMS World Congress, Newport, RI, April 25-28, pp. 815-825 (1999).

C.H. Roche, M.L. Accorsi, A new finite element for global modeling of delaminations in laminated  beams, J. Finite Elements in Analysis and Design, 31, pp. 165-177 (1998).

C.H. Roche, M.L. Accorsi, A new finite element for global modeling of delaminations in composites, Proceedings of 9th American Society for Composites Technical Conference, Univ. of Delaware,  (1994).

Software Expertise           



Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Univ. of Connecticut                   1994
Thesis focused on global finite element modeling of delaminations
Minor in Mathematics

M.S.M.E., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Hartford branch)                                           1986
Solid Mechanics Emphasis

B.S.M.E., University of Lowell                                                                                            1983
Engineering Honor Society, ASME officer, Dean’s List.
Francis Ouimet Caddie Scholarship, Massachusetts State Scholarship for high SATs.

Licensed Professional Engineer since 1989.