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How Dr. Acoff inspires interest in materials science

By Associated Engineering Press

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 laboratory. Thanks to Dr. Acoff, Stokes is one of six students from historically black colleges who have earned graduate degrees in materials science and engineering as a result of a special program at The University of Alabama.

In 1837, The University of Alabama became one of the first five universities in the nation to offer engineering classes. Today, UA’s College of Engineering has more than 5,800 students and more than 150 faculty. In recent years, students in the College have been named USA Today All-USA College Academic Team members, Goldwater, Hollings, Portz, Boren, Mitchell and Truman scholars.


Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Posted on: October 2, 2018    /    Posted in:   Faculty and Staff, In The News, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering    /    Features: