Beth Winkelstein Receives 2016 ASME Van C. Mow Medal

George PappasBeth Winkelstein, University of Pennsylvania Vice Provost for Education and professor in the Department of Bioengineering, is the recipient of the 2016 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Van C. Mow Medal.

The annual honor "is bestowed upon an individual who has demonstrated meritorious contributions to the field of bioengineering through research, education, professional development, leadership in the development of the profession, mentorship to young bioengineers, and with service to the bioengineering community."

The medal is named for Van C. Mow, who is one of the earliest researchers in the field of biomechanics. He was the first PhD to be elected President of the Orthopaedic Research Society and was founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University.

Winkelstein's research focuses on the mechanisms of injury, pain and mechanotransduction – especially injuries from sports, automobile accidents, or degenerative diseases that produce persistent pain in the neck, spine and other joints. Her work has been and is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense, among many others, including a CAREER Award from the NSF. The author of Orthopaedic Biomechanics (2012) and more than a hundred papers and book chapters, she serves as editor of the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which awarded her its Y.C. Fung Young Investigator Award in 2006. She actively mentors graduate and undergraduate students in her lab. She is the faculty adviser to BMES and has served previously been the same for Penn's SWE student group.

For more info about Beth Winkelstein, visit her faculty profile