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Emeritus Faculty

Beth Opila

William A. Soffa

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D. Metallurgical Engineering/Physical Metallurgy; Ohio State University, 1967
M.S. Materials Engineering; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1963
B.S. Metallurgy/Metallurgical Engineering; Carnegie Mellon University, 1961

Department of Materials Science & Engineering
University of Virginia
PO Box 400745
395 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4745
Office: Wilsdorf Hall Room 128
p: 434-243-2532
f: 434-982-5660


Research Interests

Professor Soffa’s research interests are in the areas of phase transformations, magnetic materials and crystal plasticity. He has been particularly interested in using electron microscopy to study clustering and ordering in solid solutions and in the synergistics of these processes in precipitation phenomena. In addition, he has been studying the mechanisms of coercivity in permanent magnet materials and the relationship between microstructure and properties in hard ferromagnets. Most recently, he has directed his attention to ferromagnetic L10 intermetallic phases including nanophase hard magnets and thin films.

Professonal Experience and Memberships


Honors and Awards

Selected Publications