Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center

The University of Akron is an internationally-recognized leader in the rapidly growing field of biomimicry. Our Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) is dedicated to connecting scientists, engineers, designers and businesspeople to catalyze biomimicry-based innovation. BRIC’s vision is for biomimicry to become a driver for sustainable economic development in Northeast Ohio and beyond.


Grad Fellowships

The University of Akron Biomimicry Fellowship Program provides interdisciplinary training in biology, design, engineering and business to next-gen innovation leaders pursuing PhDs in Integrated Bioscience or Polymer Science / Polymer Engineering. Biomimicry Fellows are supported through an industrial assistantship with an organizational sponsor, and over the course of a five-year doctoral program, dedicate up to 20 hours per week advancing biomimicry initiatives within their sponsoring organizations.

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Recent Headlines

How to Build a Bird’s Nest

The New York Times - Assistant Professor Hunter King, a polymer science professor with expertise in the mechanical properties of bird nests, offered insights into how a nest is built.

Peers recognize Dr. Ali Dhinojwala’s research efforts in adhesion

Dr. Ali Dhinojwala has been announced as the recipient of the 2020 Adhesion Society’s Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science sponsored by 3M. This is the organization’s premier award for “outstanding achievements in scientific research relating to adhesion.”

Photo of the Day: Celebrating World Water Day

In celebration of the United Nation’s World Water Day on March 22, Great Lakes Biomimicry went on social media to thank its partners for leading cutting-edge water research and projects.

Akron Company Tests Hedgehog Quill Tech To Prevent Concussions

Emily Kennedy, Ph.D., an alumna of UA's biomimicry program, director of BRIC External Relations at UA and CEO of Hedgemon, LLC, discussed the start-up company's next steps in commercializing a shock-absorbing football helmet liner.

Blowing the Doors Off the Microbial World

Dr. Hazel Barton, professor of biology and geosciences and director of the Integrated Bioscience Program, is interviewed in this profile of her mentor and former professor, Norm Pace, a Colorado University distinguished professor emeritus of molecular, cellular and developmental biology.



The BRIC drives to create an ecosystem of corporate, education, and non-profit partners to spark and realize inspiration.

Through professional education workshops, innovation services, the biomimicry fellowship program, and research and testing services, BRIC provides support and a bridge to our network.

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The University of Akron Biomimicry Fellowship Program was co-launched with Great Lakes Biomimicry (GLB). GLB helps recruit Fellow sponsors and administers the Corporate Innovation Council. The council, which includes the Biomimicry Fellows and sponsoring organizations, meets semiannually to network and share biomimicry best practices. Additionally, GLB and BRIC co-deliver Professional Education and Innovation Services.

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Undergraduate Certificate

The University of Akron's Undergraduate Certificate in Biomimicry is interdisciplinary and open to all majors. It is designed to give students training and experience in the theory, methods, and practice of seeking inspiration from living systems to solve technical challenges. Undergrads seeking a certificate will work with peers and faculty from departments including biology, art, engineering, and business to develop a skillset enabling problem-solving in a variety of contexts where innovation and sustainability are desired outcomes.

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