Bioinspiration and Biomimetics

The Office of Innovation Creativity and Entrepreneurship

ESE357 Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. T/R 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Professor Bill ConnerIn spring 2013, Professor Bill Conner is offering this biology/entrepreneurship class in which the class will look at how animals and plants solve problems. Students will use their solutions to design new products, ventures, and innovative technologies. In class biology majors and ESE minors form teams that pursue a semester long design project.  

Here's an example of a biomimicry design project from a past offering of the course. A previous student group became interested in maple seeds and how they spin down from trees like little gyrocopters. The students discovered that maple seeds have an aerodynamic trick that allows them to generate lift at low blade speeds. They used nature’s technology to develop a model of the next generation of windmills for generating electricity. They filed for a provisional patent on their technology.

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This class counts toward the biology majors/minor and the Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise minor. It meets the requirements for a 300-level class for business majors.

Entrepreneurship students should not fear the biology. The biology students will teach you what you need to know.  Biologist should not fear the business. The entrepreneurship students will teach you what you need to know.

Contact Professor Conner for more information.