Naomi C. Chesler earned her doctoral degree from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. She has taught engineering for over 20 years and is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Chesler's contributions to research are in two main areas: cardiovascular biomechanics and engineering education. With regard to the first, she is internationally recognized for her work investigating cardiopulmonary biomechanics and mechanobiology. She has been continuously funded by the NIH for over a decade. Her contributions to engineering education center around the impact of novel approaches to physiology instruction on student learning and how students learn engineering using a learning sciences approach. This work has been supported by several concurrent grants from the NSF.
Dr. Chesler has held a number of leadership positions including Chair of the UW-Madison Physical Sciences Divisional Committee (which makes recommendations for tenure), Chair of the BME Assessment Committee, Chair of the BME Hiring Committee and Chair of the BME Diversity and Inclusivity Committee.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the NSF Career award, Denice D. Denton Emerging Leader Award, Polygon Teaching Award for Biomedical Engineering, two Fulbright Scholar Awards, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.
In recognition of her contributions to increasing diversity and inclusion in engineering, Dr. Chesler was named recipient of the 2014 Diversity Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society and the 2017 Diversity Award from the UW-Madison College of Engineering. She is also a campus-wide Diversity Liaison at the UW-Madison.
Through Building STEM Equity, Dr. Chesler is available for speaking engagements, individual consulting, workshop development, onsite trainings and other activities that you, your team, your department, or your institution want to develop to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment. We specialize in academic settings in STEM disciplines.