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James Lord, Ph.D.

Collegiate Assistant Professor
  • Engineering Science and Mechanics Undergraduate Chair
Genderless Silhouette
225-C Norris Hall
495 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061


  • Newcastle University: Ph.D., Biomechanical Engineering, 2012.
  • Newcastle University: MEng., Mechanical Engineering, 2009.
  • Newcastle University: BEng., Mechanical Engineering, 2008.

Awards, Honors and Services


  • Virginia Tech Favorite Faculty, 2015
  • BEAM Leader in Teaching Award, 2016
  • BEAM Leader in Teaching Award, 2020
  • Dean's Award for teaching Excellence, 2020
  • TLOS Accolade for Outstanding Remote Teaching, 2020


  • ESM Undergraduate Program Director
  • College of Engineering Curriculum Committee (chair)
  • University Curriculum Committee

Recent Publications

Langton, D., Ahmed, I., Avery, P., Bone, M., Cooke, N., Deehan, D., . . . Holland, J. (2017). Investigation of taper failure in a contemporary metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty system through examination of unused and explanted prostheses. JBJS, 99(5), 427-436.

Langton, D. J., Sidaginamale, R. P., Avery, P., Waller, S., Tank, G., Lord, J., . . . Nargol, A. V. F. (2016). Retrospective cohort study of the performance of the Pinnacle metal on metal (MoM) total hip replacement: a single-centre investigation in combination with the findings of a national retrieval centre. BMJ open, 6(4), e007847.

Sidaginamale, R., Joyce, T., Bowsher, J., Lord, J., Avery, P., Natu, S., . . . Langton, D. (2016). The clinical implications of metal debris release from the taper junctions and bearing surfaces of metal-on-metal hip arthroplasty: joint fluid and blood metal ion concentrations. The bone & joint journal, 98(7), 925-933.

Bone, M. C., Sidaginamale, R. P., Lord, J. K., Scholes, S. C., Joyce, T. J., Nargol, A. V., & Langton, D. J. (2015). Determining material loss from the femoral stem trunnion in hip arthroplasty using a coordinate measuring machine. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 229(1), 69-76.

Brock, T. M., Sidaginamale, R., Rushton, S., Nargol, A. V., Bowsher, J. G., Savisaar, C., . . . Langton, D. J. (2015). Shorter, rough trunnion surfaces are associated with higher taper wear rates than longer, smooth trunnion surfaces in a contemporary large head metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasty system. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 33(12), 1868-1874.