Integrating Biology and Design for Sustainable Innovation

Instructor: 

Brook Kennedy (Industrial Design), Dr. Arthur Buikema (Biology), Dr. Jacquelyn Nagel (Engineering @ JMU)

Education Level: 
Undergraduate
Term: 
Spring-2014
Days: 
Thursday
Time: 

2 - 4:30 pm

Location: 

Center for the Arts Room 253 / Burchard Side room (later in term)

Description: 

‘Biomimicry’ or ‘Bio-Inspiration’ is an experimental design methodology that looks to nature’s examples for impactful, responsible solutions to humankind’s most intractable problems: fresh water access, pollution remediation, manufacturing waste, along with many others. This course will explore ways that biological insight can play a significant role in solving these challenges through a semester long design project. At the same time, a central educational focus will be to promote true interdisciplinary collaboration by integrating teams with backgrounds in life sciences, engineering and design.