Lori A. Setton, the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Distinguished Professor and chair of Biomedical Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Setton is now one of about 3,500 Fellows out of more than 95,000 ASME members. Fellows are elected to be the essential resource for mechanical engineers and other technical professionals worldwide for solutions that benefit humankind. Fellows are selected for their engineering achievements and experience in the field.

Setton's research focuses on the role of mechanical factors in the degeneration and repair of soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system, including the intervertebral disc, articular cartilage and meniscus. In the lab, her work focuses on engineering and evaluating novel materials for tissue regeneration and drug delivery to treat musculoskeletal disease.

She is a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society and of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering and earned a Presidential Early Career Award from Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 1997, as well as several awards for excellence in mentoring. She earned master's and doctoral degrees, both in mechanical engineering and biomechanics from Columbia University. She earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University.


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