University of Akron
Thanks to a collaboration with our organization, The University of Akron offers the world's only Ph.D. training in biomimicry through their Integrated Bioscience Program. The program has attracted students from all over the world to study and work in Northeast Ohio.
Within the program, Biomimicry Ph.D. Fellows are paired with select school or business sponsors for five years as part of their Ph.D. research.
Education fellows and teachers participate in research and help design biomimicry teaching tools and curriculum that align with content standards and learning outcomes. See our current school partners.
Corporate fellows are embedded into businesses and industry – doing research and development, evaluating operations and spurring innovation. Fellows help companies look at processes through a biomimetic lens, tapping into nature's 3.8 billion years of genius. See our current corporate sponsors.
We secure business and industry sponsors for the corporate fellows and grant support for the education fellows to work within schools. So far, our work covers 17 Ph.D. Fellows, representing more than $2 million of regional support.
The Biomimicry program is run through The University of Akron's Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) which is dedicated to biomimicry research, design, training and teaching as it helps to catalyze invention powered by nature-inspired technologies.
LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
At our Great Lakes Biomimicry Technology Center in the Desich SMART Center at Lorain County Community College, we are working with university tech transfer and open innovation. Lorain County Community College has been a strong partner of our work.
BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY
Expanding higher education
As one of our educational partners, Baldwin Wallace University gets students excited about using biomimicry as a creativity, innovation and problem-solving tool. Freshmen can enroll in a First Year Experience course that introduces them to biomimicry or enter higher-level Biomimicry courses through undergraduate and MBA programs. Learning is amplified through out-of-class experiences and course projects.
Living and learning from nature
Students can live with like-minded peers in a biomimicry-themed residence on campus. Not only is the residence in harmony with nature, but it’s creating a cohort of students willing to think differently – using Life’s Principles. Lessons learned are captured and used to inspire solutions to social and environmental problems facing us today.
We are working with other regional institutions of higher learning, like Cleveland Institute of Art, Oberlin College and Hiram College, and foster collaborations around education, biomimicry clubs and environmental programs.