Jessica Wagenseil and Louis Woodhams were among nine Washington University in St. Louis faculty members selected as 2023 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award recipients.

Wagenseil is a professor of mechanical engineering & materials science and vice dean for faculty development. She studies cardiovascular mechanics, specifically focusing on cardiovascular development, extracellular matrix proteins, and microstructurally based constitutive modeling. Her work is important for testing clinical interventions for elastin-related diseases and for designing better protocols for building tissue-engineered blood vessels.

Louis Woodhams is a senior lecturer of mechanical engineering & materials science. He uses computational methods to study and model the mechanics and dynamics of cells and cell appendages. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami; a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering through the UMSL-Washington University Joint Engineering Program and a and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. 

The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards, now in its 34th year, is one of the St. Louis region’s most recognized teacher recognition programs. WashU honorees are chosen annually by the deans of their schools and by the university’s Center for Teaching and Learning for their achievements and leadership in teaching.

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