University of Akron
The University of Akron’s (UA) Integrated Bioscience Ph.D. Program is the cornerstone of our educational model.
Education fellows work in local schools doing research and helping teachers use biomimicry to design creative teaching tools and curricula that align with content standards and learning outcomes. Fellows help teachers deploy lessons and co-teach lessons that impact students. Fellows are paired with select school or business sponsors for five years as part of their Ph.D. research. We’ve secured 15 Ph.D. Fellow sponsors to date, representing nearly $2.0 million of regional support.
Education fellows and teachers participate in research and help design teaching tools and curriculum that align with content standards and learning outcomes. See our current school partners.
Corporate fellows are embedded into businesses – doing research and development, evaluating operations and spurring innovation. Fellows teach companies how to look at processes through a biomimetic lens. See our current corporate sponsors.
The University of Akron Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) 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, involving internships through GLIDE (Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise).
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.