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

Eaton joins growing list of companies pioneering biomimicry in Northeast Ohio
Four companies become sponsors of the Biomimicry Fellowship Program run by The University of Akron and Cleveland-based Great Lakes Biomimicry.
New Helmet Liner May Reduce Football Concussions

Director of BRIC External Relations Emily Kennedy provided details on the patent-pending technology behind the Hedgemon helmet liner.

Snake-like locomotion has many applications for robots [Video]

YouTube - Computerphile - Assistant Professor Henry Astley discussed his research into the "biomechanics of animal locomotion."

Agreement with Le Mans Université yields new opportunities for students and faculty

The president of Le Mans Université, Rachid El Guerjouma, traveled from France this week to visit UA and formally strengthen the existing relationship between our institutions.

Is spider silk stronger than steel? Biologist disentangles fact from fiction on ‘Mythbusters Jr. ’
Biology professor Dr. Todd Blackledge and several students gathered nearly 10 miles of silk from 40 golden silk orb-weaver spiders for some on-camera myth-busting on the Science Channel show.



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.

Great Lakes Biomimicry


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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