August 2013 Commencement Speaker: Gladius Lewis
Gladius Lewis is internationally recognized in the field of orthopedic biomaterials
and biomechanics, in particular the study of the fatigue and fracture toughness of
poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) bone cement, a material that is widely used in total
joint replacements, especially hip and knee implants. In this respect, he has made
significant contributions to the development of self-healing PMMA bone cement and
intrinsically-radiopaque PMMA bone cement for use in the minimally-invasive spinal
procedures of vertebroplasty and balloon kyphoplasty.
Dr. Lewis is the author of the textbook, Selection of Engineering Materials, and published
163 peer-reviewed articles in journals. Dr. Lewis is the author of 50 peer-reviewed
presentations at national and international meetings held in the United States, Japan,
Australia, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, and Panama, and 30 book reviews. He
has given invited talks at universities such as Pennsylvania State University; University
of Missouri-Columbia; Imperial College, London, United Kingdom; Kingston University,
Kingston, United Kingdom; and University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland.
At the University of Memphis, Dr. Lewis has taught undergraduate and graduate courses.
While at the University of Memphis, Dr. Lewis has received the Best Research Paper
Award from the Sigma Xi chapter; Outstanding Faculty Research Award, Herff College
of Engineering; and the Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Research in Science,
Engineering and Mathematics. In addition, in 2008, Dr. Lewis was elected Fellow of
the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr. Lewis is the 2013 recipient of the
Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award, the premier award for faculty at The University