Ann Viano | Associate Professor
Office: 405 Rhodes Tower | Phone: (901) 843-3912 | Email:


Ann Viano joined the physics department in 1999, and her research involves studying materials by probing their structural, thermal, mechanical, and magnetic properties. She joined the Rhodes faculty after a two-year post-doctoral appointment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where she worked to improve magnetic resonance imaging for children with artificial implants. She is an active collaborator with many researchers and students in the Memphis scientific community, particularly in biomedical engineering. She is currently involved in the characterization of biomaterials used in human joint prostheses. 

Ann is also a past president of Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society, and works to promote an interest and dedication to physics at all levels. She served on the American Institute of Physics advisory committee on physics education and the SPS/Sigma Pi Sigma national council.

Ann is also the faculty fellow for undergraduate research and directs Rhodes′ undergraduate research programs, serves as the liaison to CUR, and is chair of the URCAS planning committee.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)



B.S. in Engineering Physics, Santa Clara University
M.S. in physics, Washington University in St. Louis
Ph.D. in physics, Washington University in St. Louis

  • Physics 101 - ASTRONOMY WITH LAB
  • Physics 212 - MODERN PHYSICS
  • Physics 304 - ELECTRONICS
  • Physics 305 - DYNAMICS
  • Physics 306 - ADVANCED DYNAMICS  
  • Physics 307 - TOPICS: ROBOTICS
  • Physics 401 - QUANTUM PHYSICS
  • Physics 486 - SENIOR SEMINAR
  • Physics 495 - HONORS TUTORIAL

Selected Publications

Rhodes student co-authors in boldface

Design and Characterization of a Novel Chitosan/ Nanocrystalline Calcium Phosphate Composite Scaffold for Bone Regeneration, Betsy M. Chesnutt, Ann M. Viano, Youling Yuan, Yunzhi Yang, Joo L. Ong, Warren O. Haggard, and Joel D. Bumgardner, J. Biomedical Materials Research A, 88a(2), 491-502 (2009).

Ultrasonic characterization of human cancellous bone in vitro using three different apparent backscatter parameters in the frequency range 0.6-15.0 MHz, B.K. Hoffmeister, D.P. Johnson, J.A. Janeski, D.A. Keedy, B.W. Steinert, A.M. Viano and S.C. Kaste, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonic Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, 55 (7) 1442-1452 (2008).

Structural and Chemical Changes in ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene due to gamma radiation-induced crosslinking and annealing in air, AM Viano, KE Spence, MA Shanks, MA Scott, RD Redfearn, CW Carlson, TA Holm, AK Ray, Bio-Medical Materials and Engineering 17 (5), 257-268 (2007).

Thermal effects on ESR signal evolution in nano and bulk CuO powder, A Viano, S. Mishra, R. Lloyd, J. Losby, T. Gheyi, J. Non-Cryst. Solids 325, 16-21 (2003).

Influence of lamella features of UHMWPE on its physical and uniaxial tensile properties. I. Effect of sterilization method in uncrosslinked an unaged materials, S. Mishra, A. Viano, N. Fore, G. Lewis, A. Ray, Bio-Medical Materials and Engineering 13, 135-146 (2003).