Dr. Viola L. Acoff

Dean’s Office

Engineering Student Services

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Dr. Acoff’s areas of specialty are welding metallurgy, physical metallurgy, additive manufacturing, and materials characterization using electron microscopy. She has been awarded more than $7 million in externally-funded research grants, published over 80 papers, co-authored three books, and given more than 100 invited and contributed talks on her research. Dr. Acoff has 20 years’ experience working in… Read more about Dr. Viola L. Acoff

END USER: Capstone Engineer Q&A

Dr. Viola L. Acoff, associate dean for undergraduate and graduate programs, was the first African American female faculty member in The University of Alabama College of Engineering. Hired in 1994, Acoff received all three of her materials engineering degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has 20 years’… Read more

UA engineering adds two ABET accreditations to undergraduate programs

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – All University of Alabama College of Engineering undergraduate curricula are now fully accredited by ABET, the national accrediting agency for engineering and computing programs, with the two newest undergraduate engineering programs receiving certification. The architectural and environmental engineering programs at UA officially became accredited on Oct. 1… Read more

History of UA Women in Engineering: Then and Now

Engineering at The University of Alabama began in 1837, but it was not until the 1920s that women started to enroll in the College of Engineering. In 1939, Rose Rabinowitz, an aeronautical engineer, was the first woman to graduate from the College. In Fall 2017, three female engineering seniors set… Read more

In The News: How Dr. Acoff inspires interest in materials science

Jackson State University physics grad Derrick Stokes is a new breed of materials scientist. In the photo taken during his time at The University of Alabama, where he was a Bridge to the Doctorate fellow, he is seen working with Dr. Viola Acoff, professor of metallurgical and materials engineering, in a… Read more

Sources: U.S. Black Engineer

In The News: Mentor inspires bold change in STEM studies at historically black colleges and universities

Metallurgical and materials engineer Viola Acoff has more than 20 years of experience broadening participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Her efforts to spark interest in materials science and engineering among students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are transforming how these minority-serving institutions approach her field. Read more

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In The News: Women’s Day 2018: 50 influential and inspiring women in 3D printing

Viola Acoff is a metallurgical and materials engineer who has been working to promote STEM education for over two decades. Currently acting as associate dean for undergraduate and graduate programs at the University of Alabama, Acoff holds a doctoral degree in materials engineering and has expertise in additive manufacturing, materials… Read more

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Emeritus engineering professor receives inaugural society honor

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Garry Warren, metallurgical and materials engineering emeritus professor, was recently chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Julia and Johannes Weertman Educator Award by The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.  The award recognizes excellence in metallurgical and materials engineering education. “I am very humbled with this recognition… Read more