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Integrative Education and Research Training: CBID at Georgia Tech

  • Georgia Tech's Center for Biologically Inspired Design brings together a group of interdisciplinary biologists, engineers and physical scientists who seek to facilitate research and education for innovative products and techniques based on biologically-inspired design solutions. The participants of CBID believe that science and technology are increasingly hitting the limits of approaches based on traditional disciplines, and Biology may serve as an untapped resource for design methodology, with concept-testing having occurred over millions of years of evolution. Experiencing the benefits of Nature as a source of innovative and inspiring principles encourages us to preserve and protect the natural world rather than simply to harvest its products.

  • Spirited community of scholars, engineers, designers in place such that Biologically Inspired Design (BID) is widely embedded in activities at Georgia Tech.

  • Magnet, recruiting tool for the best interdisciplinary biology students and faculty, and for GT students and faculty in general who are interested in bio-x for some x.

  • Active industrial traineeship program for students for placement of graduates in both industry and academia.

    Desired Output

    21st century engineer

    • An inventor who is equipped with core strengths in engineering, but is also able
      to speak the language of and biology utilize its structures, processes, and principles

    21st century biologist

    • A naturalist who is able to team with engineers and physical scientists examine
      biological structures, processes, and systems in terms of evolved solutions to problems,
      and as sources of engineered designs

    21st century architect

    • A designer who turns to the natural world for inspiration as to function, form,
      material and ecological footprint

    Course Offering

    • cbid course flyer

      BiolME/MSE/BMED4740+Arch4833+ID4843O and BIOL 8803 + Arch 8833SK

      Prerequisites: BIOL 1520 or BIOL 3600 or BMED 3100 or PHYSICS 2211 or permission of instructor.In this course, we teach biologically-inspired design as an innovative tool utilizing design strategies observed in natural systems as stimuli for novel inventions, to increase biological understanding through the use of quantitative analyses, and to provide a model for practicing interdisciplinary exchange between biology and engineering. We examine evolutionary adaptation as a source for engineering design inspiration, utilizing principles of scaling, adaptability, and robust multifunctionality that characterize biological systems. This course is cross-listed in Biology, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Polymer, Textile and Fiber Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Students will learn about a variety of biomimetic methods and ongoing research projects. Final projects will involve a team of students from different disciplines. Each team will select a design problem, develop a biological analogy to the problem, learn about pertinent biological structures, processes, or systems, and produce a report or design that is biologically inspired. We begin with lectures and activities, to introduce students to biologically inspired design, followed by case studies of bio-inspired applications in science and engineering. We conclude with presentations of design projects produced by interdisciplinary teams of students presented in the language of interdisciplinarity.

    cbid and channelone

    **MEDIA COVERAGE - for immediate release**
    CBID and Bioinspired Design is airing today, January 26, 2010, on Channel One"

    Broadcasting since 1990, Peabody Award-winning Channel One News is the leading source of news and information for young people. The 12-minute news broadcasts are delivered daily to more than 6 million teens in middle schools and high schools across the country

biomimicry defined

Natural Capitalism

by Paul Hawken
& Amory and Hunter Lovins

Natural Capitalism

"Hawken (The Ecology of Commerce) and Amory and Hunter Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, an environmental think tank, have put together an ambitious, visionary monster of a book advocating natural capitalism." From Publishers Weekly

human plus nature

...much of the human search for a coherent and fullfilling existence is intimately connected to our relationship with nature.

Stephan R. Kellert
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CBID is an interdisciplinary center for research and development of design solutions that occur in biological processes. Founded in 2005, It is one of more than 100 interdisciplinary research units funded at Georgia Institute of Technology