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BRIC

The University of Akron Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) is a center dedicated to the advancement of innovation inspired by nature. Together with our regional partners, we are building an internationally recognized center for biomimicry research, design, teaching and training.

The work of BRIC is to align the creative ideas of scientists, engineers, artists, and entrepreneurs to catalyze invention. By partnering our existing biomimetic research expertise with the Great Lakes Biomimicry business leaders, the BRIC paradigm lays the foundation for sustainable economic and educational innovation powered by nature-inspired technologies.

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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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News 

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11/21/2018
Philosophy professor presents on 'ecological medicine and medical ecology' at Australian seminar series
Philosophy professor presents on 'ecological medicine and medical ecology' at Australian seminar series

Dr. John Huss, interim dean of the Williams Honors College and professor of philosophy, presented at the Translational Research Institute’s (TRI) monthly seminar series in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 20.

11/12/2018
University of Akron's Spiderman Shares His Love of Nature's Web Spinning Marvels
University of Akron's Spiderman Shares His Love of Nature's Web Spinning Marvels

WKSU - Mention spiders, and many people shiver.

But a local researcher says they are nature’s most adept architects, spinning intricate webs from amazingly elastic material.

In this week’s Exploradio WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports on why the eight-legged arachnids deserve our respect.

11/04/2018
University of Akron polymer research turns toward opioid-related work

Crain's Cleveland Business: The University of Akron's College of Polymer Science and Engineering is finding new applications for polymers — and possibly bolstering its own relevance — by engineering new materials that can integrate with other molecules.

11/04/2018
UA's Polymer college, Biomimicry, and Corrosion Engineering featured in Hemispheres Magazine

Hemispheres, the Award-Winning Onboard Magazine for United Airlines, featured CPSPE, Biomimicry, and Corrosion Engineering in it's October 2018 issue. Read the article [PDF]

10/29/2018
Engineers are Studying Birds' Nests

Continuing coverage of Dr. Hunter King's National Science Foundation research is featured on Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds website.

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Services

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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Partnerships

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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