Elmer E. Lewis

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Northwestern University
2145 Sheridan Road, Rm. A213
Evanston, IL 60208-3111, USA

TEL: 847-491-3579
FAX: 847-491-3915


BS Engineering Physics, University of Illinois(1960)
MS Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois(1962)
PhD Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois(1964)


E . E. Lewis is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. He received his B.S.(1960) in Engineering Physics and a M.S (1962). and Ph.D.(1964) in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps and as a Ford Foundation Fellow and assistant professor at MIT before joining Northwestern's faculty in 1968. In addition to serving as chair of Northwestern’s Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1987 to 1997 he has held appointments as visiting professor at the University of Stuttgart and guest scientist at the Nuclear Research Center at Karlsruhe, Germany. He has been a frequent consultant to Argonne and Los Alamos National Laboratories and to a number of industrial firms.

Professors Lewis’s research has focused on computational methods for neutron transport, as well as on broader problems dealing with the physics, safety and reliability of nuclear systems. He is most widely recognized for his pioneering work in applying finite element methods to the solution of transport problems and for his origination of the widely used variational nodal methods that have been implemented in the VARIANT code at Argonne National Laboratory and the ERANOS code contained in the European Union nuclear code system.

A fellow of the American Nuclear Society, and winner of its Mathematics and Computation Distinguished Service and Arthur Holly Compton Awards, he serves on the editorial boards of Nuclear Science and Engineering and Transport Theory and Statistical Physics. From 2000 through 2006 he chaired the OECD/NEA experts group on three-dimensional radiation transport calculations. He has held a number of offices in the American Nuclear Society, including chair of its Mathematics and Computation Division. He has supervised more than twenty Ph.D. students, three of them winning the American Nuclear Society's Mark Mills Award for their doctoral research.

Professor Lewis has taught a wide range of courses in mechanical and nuclear engineering, ranging from freshman seminars to graduate level offerings. He has also taught in a joint program with the Kellogg School of Management, organized a number of industrial seminars, and given numerous talks to academic audiences dealing with his research and to lay groups dealing with broader issues of technology and society.