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

Remora-inspired suction disk mimics fish's adhesion ability, offers evolutionary insight

Kaelyn Gamel and Austin Garner, Integrated Bioscience doctoral candidates at UA, collaborated on research into the adhesion ability of the Remora fish. 

Learn about interdisciplinary research being conducted by Biomimicry Fellows

Our Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) is inviting members of the campus community to learn about the interdisciplinary research being conducted by its Biomimicry Fellows at a Biomimicry Research Symposium.

This Week in Tech with Jeanne Destro

1590 WAKR - Jeanne Destro - At approximately 0:50 Assistant Professor Henry Astley discussed his latest research effort into the development of underwater robotics.

It Turns Out You Can Photosynthesize In Dark Caves - Research conducted by graduate students Danijela Lonco, Alex Nyarko, Olivia Hershey, Professor Hazel Barton, and Interim Dean Ali Dhinojwala informed this reporting. This peer-reviewed research will be published in an upcoming issue of Environmental Microbiology.

Knight Foundation Announces 2019 Arts Challenge Akron Finalists

UA's Synapse Art and Science SeriesSynapse: Nature's Solutions, has been selected as one of 36 finalists in the 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Akron.

The arts challenge seeks out ideas that connect people to each other and to place to ultimately strengthen communities. The winners get a share of $1 million to help them bring their ideas to life.



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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