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UA Leads Effort to Spark Minority Participation in Science, Technology    /  UA News

The University of Alabama will be the lead institution in the state in a national effort to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Published: September 15, 2016    /    Posted in:   Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering, Faculty and Staff, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Outreach, UA News    /    Features:     

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Professor receives national award for diversity    /  Crimson White

Viola Acoff, head of the department of metallurgical and materials engineering, was recently awarded for her dedication to increasing diversity in the field of engineering. Acoff was named a recipient…

Source: Crimson White    /    Published: April 14, 2014    /    Posted in:   Awards and Honors, Faculty and Staff, In The News, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering    /    Features:     

Dr. Viola L. Acoff

UA Engineering Professor Recognized for Diversity Efforts    /  UA News

Dr. Viola L. Acoff, professor and head of the metallurgical and materials engineering department at The University of Alabama, is the inaugural recipient of the Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award given by the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.

Author: Associated Engineering Press    /    Published: April 1, 2014    /    Posted in:   Awards and Honors, Faculty and Staff, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, UA News    /    Features:     

Through the Doors and Staying the Course

In many ways Larry Summerville is the realization of a dream that began more than 50 years ago. An African-American who studies engineering at The University of Alabama, he walks…

Author: Adam Jones and Judah Martin    /    Published: September 7, 2013    /    Posted in:   Alumni, Faculty and Staff, Students    /    Features:   , ,   


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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.