Dr. Viola L. Acoff

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
  • Professor

Contact Information

  • Office: 3012 H.M. Comer
  • Phone: (205) 348-1598
  • Fax: (205) 348-8573

Areas of Research

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Welding Metallurgy
  • Titanium and Nickel Alloys
  • Materials Characterization using Electron Microscopy
  • Physical Metallurgy

Education

  • Ph.D., Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.S., Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.S., Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Biography

Dr. Viola L. Acoff is Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs and Professor of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering in the College of Engineering. Dr. Acoff’s areas of expertise are additive manufacturing, welding metallurgy, physical metallurgy, high temperature alloys, and materials characterization using electron microscopy. She has been awarded more than $13 million in externally-funded research grants, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, co-authored 3 books and co-edited 3 books. She has given over 100 invited and contributed talks on her research on every continent except Antarctica.

Dr. Acoff has over 25 years’ experience working in the area of diversity and inclusion, including extensive outreach to 82 of the nation’s 101 HBCUs. In 2015, she was selected to lead the Alabama Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP). Alabama LSAMP is a statewide program consisting of nine, 4-year and doctoral granting institutions (including 5 HBCUs), 4 community colleges, 6 industry partners and 2 high schools. Alabama LSAMP is designed to increase the number of degrees awarded to students who are underrepresented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Dr. Acoff is the Director and Co-PI of the Alabama LSAMP Program which is funded by a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). She is also the Director and PI of the Alabama LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Program, which is funded by a $1.1 million grant from the NSF. Dr. Acoff also serves on the Board of Directors for Carpenter Technology Corporation.

Recent Publications:

  • “New Observation of Nanoscale Interfacial Evolution in Micro Cu–Al Wire Bonds by In-situ High Resolution TEM Study,” Hui Xu, Ivy Qin, Horst Clauberg, Bob Chylak, and Viola L. Acoff, Scripta Materialia, 2016, vol. 115, pp. 1-5.(https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scriptamat.2015.12.025)
  • “Deformation Textures of Aluminum in a Multilayered Ti/Al/Nb Composite Severely Deformed by Accumulative Roll Bonding,” P. Qu, L. Zhou, and V.L. Acoff, Materials Characterization, 2015, vol. 107, pp. 367-375.(https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matchar.2015.07.011)
  • “Microtexture Development of Niobium in a Multilayered Ti/Al/Nb Composite Produced by Accumulative Roll Bonding,” P. Qu, L. Zhou, H. Xu, and V.L. Acoff, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 2014, vol. 45A, pp. 6217-6230.(https://doi.org/10.1007/s11661-014-2545-1)
  • “Behavior of Palladium and Its Impact on Intermetallic Growth in Palladium-Coated Cu Wire Bonding,” Hui Xu, Ivy Qin, Horst Clauberg, Bob Chylak, and Viola L. Acoff, Acta Materialia, 2013, vol. 61 (1), pp. 79-88. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2012.09.030)
  • “Intermetallic Phase Transformations in Au-Al Wire Bonds,” H. Xu, C. Liu, V.V. Silberschmidt, S.S. Pramana, T.J. White, Z. Chen, and V. L. Acoff, Intermetallics, 2011, vol. 19 (12), pp. 1808-1816.(https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intermet.2011.07.003)

Honors and Awards:

  • Engineering Educator of the Year Award, Engineering Council of Birmingham
  • Inaugural Recipient of the Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)
  • Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, The University of Alabama National Alumni Association
  • Morris Hackney Endowed Faculty Leadership Award
  • Warren F. Savage Memorial Award for Best Paper published in the Welding Journal