My name is Stephen Howe, I was born and raised in California obtained my bachelors degree in biology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara CA. I am now part of the University’s Biomimicry fellowship program. I am sponsored Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, and am part of the Astley lab in the Biology department. I am excited to be part of this growing biomimicry community as we seek to integrate sustainable biologically inspired design into each of our respective fields. My research focuses on fish maneuverability, specifically understanding how fish control their maneuvers, how shape influences maneuverability, and how insights from studying live fish can be applied to better control robotic models. I selected the I.B. program for my PhD precisely for the integration. I have found that my talents and interests are not confined to the field of biology, I have come to call myself a biologist with design and engineering tendencies. I feel that as the boundaries of science expand we find that the classical boundaries between disciplines are overlapping and being able to communicate across fields is becoming increasingly important. As the complexity of the issues we face mount so must we expand our minds to function at an interdisciplinary level.
Exploring the biomimetic potential of extinct organisms