Bioinspiration, also known as biomimetics or biology-inspired engineering, is an interdisciplinary field in which scientists look to nature to solve engineering problems. The class will give an overview of the field by examining the thought processes and broad concepts used in several recent biomimicry studies that span the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, and multiple types of engineering. Building upon these studies, the course explores several currently unsolved engineering problems for which a solution exists in nature, and asks whether biology’s solution can be applied to these engineering problems. The course emphasizes problem solving, critical inter-disciplinary thinking, group work, and the coherent presentation of ideas.
Course Number: MARI-90010 Credit: 6 units
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