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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.

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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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Recent Headlines

08/23/2019
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.

08/15/2019
It Turns Out You Can Photosynthesize In Dark Caves

Forbes.com - 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.

08/14/2019
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.

08/11/2019
How hedgehogs might make football safer

Crain's Cleveland Business - Emily Kennedy, Ph.D., Hegemon's CEO and director of external relations at UA's Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center, discussed the startup's progress and future intentions.

08/11/2019
Avon Lake is prepared for summer algal blooms

The Morning Journal - The report included information about a partnership between the Avon Lake Board of Municipal Utilities, Great Lakes Biomimicry, and UA to sponsor two university Ph.D. fellows whose research on biomimicry could help predict when a harmful algal bloom may occur.

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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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