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Gladius Lewis

Gladius Lewis

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 of Memphis.



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