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

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

In The News: UA lands $5M grant to boost minority participation in STEM fields

The University of Alabama recently secured a major grant to help attract minority students to STEM fields. The $5 million grant awarded from the National Science will help the AlabamaLouis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, a program assisting universities and colleges in their efforts to significantly increase the numbers of… Read more

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