Wagenseil named Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society

Jessica Wagenseil recognized for her research and leadership

Beth Miller 
Jessica Wagenseil

Jessica Wagenseil, professor of mechanical engineering & materials science and vice dean for faculty advancement in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, has been elected a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She will be installed at the society’s annual conference in October.

Wagenseil joins more than 350 Fellows honored for their impactful achievements in their area of interest, significant contributions to the biomedical engineering community and leadership within their field of interest and within the society.

A Washington University alumna, Wagenseil studies cardiovascular mechanics, 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. Among her awards and honors are the American Society for Matrix Biology Iozzo Award for Mid-Career Investigators in 2020; the Skalak Award for best paper in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering in 2019; and the Dean’s Award for Extraordinary Service from Washington University in 2017.

In addition to research in her laboratory, Wagenseil also is involved the community. Since 2021, she has worked to teach engineering to Black middle school students through BrightPath STEAM Academy. Previously, she co-organized a course, “Moving and Shaking: An Introduction to Engineering,” for the Gifted Resource Council of St. Louis designed to introduce middle school students to basic engineering concepts. She also has had numerous high school and undergraduate students conducting research in her lab.

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