William G. Powderly and Lori A. Setton will receive Washington University in St. Louis’ 2023 faculty achievement awards, Chancellor Andrew D. Martin announced. 

They will be honored at the university’s annual Founders Day dinner Nov. 4.

Powderly, MD, the Dr. J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine, will receive the Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award.

Setton, PhD, the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering, will receive the Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award.

“It is one of my greatest pleasures when I have the chance to recognize the excellent work in research, teaching and service by our faculty. The Cori and Compton awards are two of the university’s most well-regarded by the faculty, who nominate their peers for this annual recognition, and I am thrilled that Bill and Lori are this year’s recipients,” Martin said.

“I applaud them both for their outstanding research and teaching achievements in their respective fields, and I thank them for their many contributions to advancing Washington University’s mission and helping to improve lives through their important work.”

About Setton

Setton is a renowned researcher on the role of mechanical factors in the degeneration and repair of soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system. Her collaborative research is pioneering new ways of providing relief to those with pain from osteoarthritis or lumbar disc degeneration.

Her lab work uses mechanical engineering, materials synthesis and cellular technologies to advance drug- and biomaterial-based musculoskeletal therapies. She has received grants from the NIH, National Science Foundation, Coulter Foundation and Whitaker Foundation, among others, and research agreements with industry to support her work.

In 2022, she received both the H.R. Lissner Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, for outstanding achievements in the field of bioengineering, and the Christopher Jacobs Award for Excellence in Leadership from the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), the discipline’s premier professional society, for making an impact in the cell and molecular bioengineering community.

Setton joined the McKelvey Engineering faculty in 2015 from Duke University, where she was the William Bevan Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Bass Fellow and associate professor of orthopaedic surgery. She was named chair of McKelvey’s Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2016.

She is also a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at McKelvey Engineering and of orthopedic surgery at the School of Medicine. She was a key supporter of WashU’s newly created Center for Women’s Health Engineering, the St. Louis Summer Internship Program for BME, the Education, Engineering & Race seminar series, and the inaugural Rising BME Scholars Regional Conference.

She is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Orthopedic Research Society and of BMES, for which she served as president from 2016-18. She earned a Presidential Early Career Award from Scientists and Engineers in 1997, as well as several awards for excellence in mentoring.

Setton earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University. She earned a master’s and a PhD, both in mechanical engineering and biomechanics, in 1988 and 1993, respectively, from Columbia University.  


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