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Our goal is to connect more people across campus to build more biomimicry through research, teaching and service.
Senior Sustainability Scientist
I examine the decisions, strategies and practices adopted by organizations to lessen negative impacts on the environment and society. I utilize nature’s lessons when attempting to uncover how organizations adapt, evolve and innovate, in light of changing institutional pressures and global sustainability problems.
My research areas include increasing sustainability literacy among pre-service and in-service teachers, teacher preparation for online and blended classrooms, the use of innovative technologies to improve learning outcomes. I seek to introduce the concept of biomimicry to future educators so that they can teach the next generation to employ life’s principles in the design challenges they will encounter.
Dr. Artemiadis’ primary research interests have been in robotics and autonomous systems that interact with humans. The goals of his research have been to improve the quality of life by developing and controlling robotic devices that physically and cognitively interact and collaborate with humans. This interaction can be with devices that assist and augment human capabilities, as well as provide motor rehabilitation therapy to impaired individuals. In order to accomplish this, Dr. Artemiadis’ research has been focusing on answering important questions regarding the symbiosis of humans and robots in environments that involve physical and cognitive interaction.
I develop bio-inspired robots which can be used across a number of applications. These platforms can often be used to answer questions in the biological world, or to solve challenges by cutting through an infinite design space in typical engineering design processes. I seek to work with biologists to answer questions in biomechanics and locomotion. I have experience working on or with terrestrial, underwater, and flying applications, including the topic of grasping and manipulation, specifically with underactuated, compliant systems.
Dhruv’s research, teaching and service revolve around Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing). He is passionate about the design possibilities enabled by the technology and studies nature’s use of cellular structures like honeycombs and lattices to learn how we may abstract design principles and apply them to engineering solutions. Dhruv teaches a Design for Additive Manufacturing course and also works with high school students interested in 3D printing, and always includes discussions on how students can bring ideas from nature into their design process.
My Website: https://3dxresearch.com/
Dr. Breetz studies energy policy and politics. She’s interested in biomimicry as it relates to energy production, energy storage, and sustainable energy systems.
My research is on biologically inspired learning algorithm and hardware design, in order to achieve on-chip intelligence with high energy efficiency. Through the collaboration with TBC faculty, I will transfer the knowledge of biological systems to smart hardware design, and apply them to mobile learning systems.
I see nature as a model to explain economic exchange and organizational types through the lens of symbiosis (parasitism, commensalism, mutualism). I study commercial and social organization through the lens of ecosystem services (supporting, provisioning, regulating, and cultural). I met Shirley-Ann at a conference and she recommended I apply as an BC FA. My bio is here. I also served on the San Diego Zoo’s biomimicry advisory council and worked for 11 years at the San Diego Natural History Museum (this inspired my research). I’m an avid nature photographer too. Check it out here.
My research interest focuses on additive manufacturing (3D printing), nanoimprinting, and nano-transfer printing, for emerging applications in the areas of photonics, energy, and biomedical engineering. Through the collaboration with TBC faculty, I aim to combine the bio-inspired designs with the advanced manufacturing technologies to pushing the capabilities into a whole new dimension, including smart wearable devices, high-sensitivity biosensing, and high-efficiency energy conversion.
Dr. Chen’s research is mainly focused on dynamic systems and control, with applications to automotive and transportation systems. Through the collaboration with TBC faculty, I aim to achieve safer, more energy efficient, and more agile control of complex mobility systems by applying bio-inspired control algorithms, abstracted and observed from flocking and swarm behaviors.
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
My expertise is in applying social and ecological knowledge in landscape architecture and urban design for building resilient and sustainable communities.Understanding and learning from nature is fundamental in environmental planning and design, which is embedded in my teaching, research and outreach to communities.
My work focuses on the reliability of infrastructure to climate change and other hazards. We investigate how infrastructure are vulnerable to extreme events and the strategies that can be used to protect infrastructure and the people who rely on them. In developing adaptation strategies, we consider social and ecosystem dimensions in addition to engineering challenges.
Dr. Coseo examines how the design of cities impact natural processes and social communities. He approaches research, teaching, and practice with a humble appreciation for how our urban designs impact the sustainability of natural and social environments. Recently, he investigated how physical characteristics of eight Chicago neighborhoods contributed to urban heat islands and heat vulnerability. His other areas of interest include adaptation to climate change, environmental negotiation, community engagement, and social justice. Dr. Coseo teaches landscape architecture courses on ecological planning and design.
Clinical Assistant Professor
My background is in sustainable Visual Communication Design, and am now integrating the Biomimicry thinking framework into the design thinking process. The goal is to change the paradigm from a human-centered to a more life-centered process.
Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Strategic Initiatives
My research as a biologist/functional morphologist seeks to understand “how things work.” Using this framework, I and my team address questions related to how organisms survive in their environments given the ‘tools’ (their anatomy) they possess, as well as how or why these traits evolved as they did. We are interested in questions broadly focused on the consequences of changes in traits over evolutionary time. We also seek to evaluate which traits are worth emulating for application in the built or human environment, and to determine if there are generalizable criteria for selecting traits with the fewest evolutionary trade-offs or compromises (the implication being that those traits that have evolved with many functional trade-offs likely are not optimized for a single function and therefore should not be emulated).
Post-Doc Interdisciplinary Scholar
I have recently began integrating biomimicry into my geriatric practice by utilizing the biophilia hypothesis and biomimetic design to create nature inspired and emulated spaces for my gerontology clients and students. Through exploration, research and implementation of real-world biomimicry models, my goal is to decrease health conditions associated with geriatric obesity and geriatric depression.
My lab designs, builds, and optimizes biologically-inspired tools from molecular to centimeter- scale, such as DNA origami nano-structures and chip-scale DNA origami nanoarrays. We use these tools to probe and perturb biological machines and their synthetic analogues. Along the way, we invent frugal technologies in the global health context for resource-poor settings.
My primary interest is in learning. From a biomimicry perspective, biological evolution, the human immune system and bee foraging provide useful examples to study. In these systems, trial and error plays a major role through the generation of a large diversity of trials and the strong selection of favorable variants. I have extensive experience on the error side of trial and error.
Interim Director, InnovationSpace
Biomimicry is a key component of the InnovationSpace model of design.
Renata Hejduk is associate professor in The Design School in the ASU Herberger Institute. Her book The Religious Imagination in Modern and Contemporary Architecture: A Reader was published by Routledge Publishing on February 24. The book, co-edited with Jim Wiliamson, former School of Architecture Professor, marks the first publication that collects writings by and about Modern architects and their relationship to spirituality and the divine. This is an important introduction to the religious imagination in architectural thought of the last one hundred years, and to the interdisciplinary discourse that examines how different disciplines express abstract concepts such as faith, spirit, God and knowledge. It makes essential reading for any architect, aspiring or practicing, delving deeper into the meaning of architectural practice.
Assistant Director & Clinical Assistant Professor
I am a Senior Sustainability Scientist who has worked on a number of renewable energy projects. My most recent work has had to do with Community Engagement, with Native Hawaiian Homesteaders and now with Palestinian refugees in the West Bank. I see the potential for using Life’s Principles as a way of making these and future projects much more symbiotic with the natural climate and habitat that surrounds them.
I study the origins and unintended population health consequences of human built environments across time and space from small scale societies of anatomically modern humans before the Out of Africa exodus, to their present-day analogs, as well as complex stratified societies, past and present. I look to social insects for functional insights into the evolutionary convergence of divisions of labor as a disease reduction mechanism. This interest was inspired by an indigenous Kuna of San Blas, Panama. She said: “we don’t destroy the nests of leaf cutter ants in our communities because we learn from their incessant and meticulous hard labour.”
Sayfe Kiaei has been with ASU since January 2001. He is a professor and Motorola Endowed professor and chair in analog and RF integrated circuits. He directs ASU’s Center on Global Energy Research and is also the director of NSF Connection One research center with a focus on integrated communication system. Kiaei was the associate dean of research at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering from 2009 to 2102. From 1993 to 2001, he was a senior member of technical staff with the Wireless Technology Center and Broadband Operations at Motorola where he was responsible for the development of RF and transceiver integrated circuits, GPS RF IC and digital subscriber lines (DSL) transceivers. Kiaei was an associate professor at Oregon State University from 1987 to 1993. He was the co-director of the industry-university center for the Design of Analog/Digital ICs (CDADIC). He has published over 100 journal and conference papers and holds several patents and his research interests are in wireless transceiver design, RF and Mixed-Signal IC’s in CMOS and SiGe. His research projects are funded by a large number of industrial sponsors including Motorola Inc., Intel, the National Science Foundation, Texas Instruments and SRC. Kiaei is an IEEE Fellow, and has been the chair and on the technical program committee of several IEEE conferences including RFIC, MTT, ISCAS and other international conferences.
The distinctive branching patterns of dendrites surround us and are of great importance to the workings of the natural world. Trees, desert washes, lightning, and even the connections within our brains are all dendrites and as such possess interesting characteristics. In mathematics, dendrites are elegant solutions to the problem of connecting many points together with the minimum possible total path length. In nature, a dendrite is the most efficient topology for moving materials (nutrients, water), energy (electricity), or information (nerve impulses) into or out of a distributed system. We were not the first to recognize the biomimetic potential of dendrites but we do have a unique view of what drives their formation and believe that we can improve how they may be accurately modeled and ultimately applied in electronic systems.
In my lab, we have 3 areas of research, wearable technologies, point of care (electrochemical) based sensing and advanced manufacturing all for the purpose of developing medical devices people want and will use and that will greatly improve the quality of their life, improve patient care and diagnosis and will change the way we look at disease detection and management. Many of these projects begin with a look at how the natural world “senses” and interacts with the world around it, for example, artificial muscles developed to mimic skeletal muscles as the new actuator in a prosthetic arm is just one area of interest in my labs.
Assistant Professor Wood/Sustainability, Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
I design and build sculptural forms, functional objects, and installations drawing from my training in furniture design/woodworking and other fabrication methods using wood, fiber and plastics and composite materials. I have been manipulating materials in search of visible and tactile patterns that emerge from seemingly divergent areas. I am particularly interested in working with those affiliated with the Biomimicry Center to identify patterns at the intersection of nature, function and design aesthetics.
Assistant Research Professor
My research interest is in bio-inspired design of geo-systems to improve the efficiency and resilience of geo-structures. I develop new theories, numerical models and experimental devices to characterize fundamental physical properties in porous and granular media with the emphasis on hydro-thermo-chemo-mechanical coupled problems.
My research aims to study fundamental physics behind interactions of biological systems with their surrounding solid, granular, and fluidic environments. Utilizing biological insights derived from these studies, I would like to develop bio-inspired robotic systems and programmable interfacial structures for search and rescue, exploratory, and medical applications.
My research expertise is in human and animal perception-action modeling and applications, while my teaching areas span Perceptual Psychology, Design and Engineering Psychology, Music & Art Perception, and Quirky Science. One example of my research is testing and modeling how humans and dogs optically determine where to run to catch balls and Frisbees, and then designing a biomimetic ball-catching robot based on the same evolutionarily-selected perception-action control principles.
Regents’ Professor, School of Molecular Sciences (SMS), Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis, Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Honors Faculty, Barrett Honors College
Our research is in artificial photosynthesis in which we attempt to translate the lessons from photosynthesis into design principles for solar energy conversion technologies able to sustainability meet human needs for food, fuel and fiber.
I give a series of lectures on sustainability to all entering students in SMS and participate in biochemistry graduate courses in SMS
I am on the advisory council of institutes for sustainability in Brazil and hope to see those institutes affiliated in some way with TBC. http://www.itv.org/en/
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Barrett Honors Faculty
Expertise and interest – My research interests are in the areas of neural interfaces and neuromodulation. I am interested in developing brain-like artificial interfaces with the nervous system. I am also interested in developing technologies to communicate with the brain and the nervous system that mimic the way the body does it.
My Webpage: www.public.asu.edu/~jmuthus/lab
Professor of Architecture and Urban Design
Dr. Petrucci’s design and research focuses on what he calls “iAmenity InfrastructureTM” which develops new public-private urban infrastructures that create identity and facilitate multiple scales of public use within the contemporary city. He is the founder and principal of A-I-R [Architecture-Infrastructure-Research] Inc.. and the winner of a Progressive Architecture Award from Architecture Magazine for his project “GLUE: Generic Landscapes Urban Environments” (commercial corridor revitalization strategies along Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale Arizona), and the NCARB Prize for his project “Stripscape: Pedestrian Amenities on 7th Avenue.” He teaches courses on applied research and design collaboration in the built environment.
I study the emergence of complex social behavior in leaderless, decentralized groups, particularly social insect colonies. My lab works to understand the behavioral rules and communication networks that allow colonies of ants and bees to act as a collective intelligence. We also work with engineers to translate lessons from social animals to human-designed systems, and to develop innovative tools for the analysis of behavior.
I introduce biomimicry to students from ASU’s schools of business, design, engineering, and sustainability, via the InnovationSpace program. Biomimicry is one of my favorite models for transdisciplinary communication and collaboration. I refer to it often when I teach design thinking, industrial design, and visual storytelling.
The Life’s Principles that best describe my role at the Biomimicry Center are Incorporate Diversity and Cultivate Cooperative Relationships.
In self-organizing particle systems, I take inspiration from collective biological and physical systems to envision an abstraction of programmable active matter. We investigate the capabilities and properties of simple computational elements called particles with limited memory and communication to self-organize in order to solve system-wide problems of movement, coordination, and configuration. More broadly my expertise is in distributed computing and algorithms, and self-organization.
My Webpage: www.public.asu.edu/~aricha
My Lab Webpage: sops.engineering.asu.edu
Coordinator, Clinical Asst Prof, Faculty Advisor
As the coordinator of the BSED program at ASU The Design School, I thank you for giving me the opportunity to affiliate to your institute, one of the most important in investigating directions humanity can take to address the complex societal and environmental issues we face today. I am happy to collaborate with you since the notion of environmental design is strongly geographic and social: environment is the CONTEXT (somatic traits, archeology), the CULTURE (cultural legacy and modern humans), and the CLIMATE (ecosystems) of a place, the very first condition of the relationship in between interior and exterior, domesticity and monumentality, past an future, primitive and civilized, art and nature. The BSED program new direction wants to explore the interconnectedness of the 3 notions combining innovative design thinking with insightful urban/regional geography and social justice research to understand how daily lives are impacted by the built environment of extreme climatic desert conditions and the Southwest. Our program can investigate with TBC some of the questions we are posing to our student and collaborate in trying to address them: how does a built environment belong to the land? How do the built environment and land belong to the environment? And how does the environment serve the needs of humans and their activities, which brings us back to the built environment?
My research focuses on development of materials and methods for augmenting heat and mass transport processes. In many projects we either look for inspiration in already described biological examples or try to uncover new natural mechanisms.
My research expertise includes designing energy-efficient neural networks in various hardware platforms (e.g. ASIC, FPGA, integration with emerging devices). The custom hardware that we design implements a broad range of neural network algorithms that are inspired by the operations in biological nervous systems.
My work involves using biological molecules (such as peptides, proteins, and DNA) and bioinspired self-assembly principles to create novel nanomaterials with applications in medicine, biology, and fundamental science. My work is highly biomimetic, borrowing heavily from systems such as cells and organisms to create dynamic and functional materials that approach the complexity and adaptability of biology.
I design and build wearable robotic systems mimicking the human musculoskeletal system.
Clinical Associate Professor
My work and expertise involves science and environmental education with educators, both pre-service and in-service teachers, and with K-16 students. My work focuses on the development of science skills and knowledge and environmental literacy that can impact the development of citizenship skills to make educated and informed decisions and awareness to help groups and individual acquire an awareness and sensitivity to the total environment and its allied problems.
Jeffery L. Yarger is a professor of chemistry, biochemistry and physics at Arizona State University. He holds a joint appointment in the School of Molecular Sciences and the Department of Physics. He is also the founding and current director of the Magnetic Resonance Research Center (MRRC).
His primary research interests are in biophysical chemistry, nano-materials, biopolymers and the general field of disordered or amorphous materials. His current research interests includes (i) fundamental structural and dynamical characterization of amorphous materials with an emphasis on biopolymer (i.e., spider silk), amorphous pharmaceuticals and polyamorphic systems; (ii) Development of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Neutron Scattering, Brillouin Scattering, Vibrational Spectroscopy and Calorimetric techniques to better characterize amorphous materials; (iii) Synthesis and molecular level characterization of nano-materials and nano-composites; (iv) The applications of amorphous materials and molecular level characterization techniques to biomedical instruments and human health; and (v) Materials under extreme conditions.
Prior to coming to ASU, he was with the University of Wyoming as an assistant professor of chemistry with an adjunct appointment at Colorado State University as an assistant professor of physics (1998). He also joined Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) as a visiting scientist, a position he still holds with collaborations, personnel and labs being maintained at ANL. In 2001, he was promoted to associate professor and senior scientist status at the University of Wyoming and Argonne National Laboratories, respectively. He also worked for DuPont-Merck, prior to completion of his doctorate.