For release: July 25, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843
The University of Memphis will hold its summer commencement Sunday, Aug. 11, at 3
p.m. at FedExForum. The University will award a total of 701 degrees, including 45
doctorates, presented by Interim President Brad Martin.
The featured speaker will be Dr. Gladius Lewis, professor of engineering and recipient
of the U of M’s 2013 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.
Lewis is an international leader in the field of orthopedic biomaterials and implant
Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, he earned a BS degree in mechanical engineering
from the University of London, England, and a PhD in materials science from the University
of Nottingham, England.
Before joining the U of M in 1987, Lewis taught at Trent Polytechnic in England, the
University of Zambia, the University of Zimbabwe and the University of Alabama at
Huntsville. He was promoted to professor in 1993.
Lewis‘ work has been widely cited. His results have contributed to many improvements,
including self-healing bone cements that are more fracture-resistant than current
commercially available brands, and development of cements specifically for two widely
used surgical methods for treating compression fractures of the spine. These advances
may translate to an increase in the life of hip and knee implants, and improved stabilization
and better restoration of fractured vertebrae.
For more information, visit www.memphis.edu/commencement.