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Dr. Viola Acoff and a Student

(From 2002) Dr. Viola Acoff (left) and Cherqueta Claiborn focus on alloys significant in the aerospace industry.

Claiborn is participating in two research projects under Acoff's direction. The first focuses on titanium aluminide welds and is funded by the National Science Foundation under a Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant. This lightweight alloy is in the developmental stage and has applications in the aerospace industry. The second project focuses on another alloy, Inconel 718. It is used extensively in the aerospace and turbine engine industry.

Acoff had strong women mentors in her background four of her sisters majored in engineering. The ninth of ten children, she said, "Our parents instilled in us that there were no limits to what we could accomplish." It has been important to her to mentor future women engineers, she said. "I am pleased to see Cherqueta find the excitement and discovery that I have experienced myself," said Acoff.

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