GCC 3015/5015

Bioinspired Approaches to Sustainability – Greening Technologies and Lives

How can we build a sustainable society? From designing cities and technologies that use green energy, to health care and agriculture that can sustain billions, the sustainability challenges that face us today are immense. The field of biomimicry seeks solutions to such problems by looking to the diverse ways in which organisms have adapted to varied and sometimes extreme environments. With over 1.3 million described species chances are a species out there has evolved some solution to a particular problem. But how do we go about figuring out which species this might be? And which trait holds the adaptation in which we are interested?

This course teaches bioinspired approaches to sustainability solutions. Throughout the course, students work in teams of complementary expertise to identify a sustainability problem, research a relevant biological system, and build a prototype bio-inspired solution to their focal problem. 

Course Details

Meeting Time: Spring 2017, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

Location: East Bank

Liberal Education Theme: Technology and Society

Topics: sustainability, biomimicry, adaptation

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: must be a sophomore, junior, or senior

Professors: Abdennour Abbas, Emilie Snell-Rood, and Marc Swackhamer