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 Michelle Fehler

Michelle Fehler

Clinical Assistant Professor

The Design School/HIDA

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.

Hanna Breetz

Hanna Breetz

Assistant Professor

School of Sustainability

Dr. Breetz studies energy policy and politics. She’s interested in biomimicry as it relates to energy production, energy storage, and sustainable energy systems.

Thomas Moore

Thomas Moore

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/

Dhruv Bhate

Dhruv Bhate

Associate Professor

Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering

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/

Konrad Rykaczewski

Konrad Rykaczewski

Assistant Professor

School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

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.

Chingwen Cheng

Chingwen Cheng

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

The Design School

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.

Hamid Marvi

Hamid Marvi

Assistant Professor

SEMTE

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.

Michael K. McBeath, Ph.D.

Michael K. McBeath, Ph.D.

Professor

Department of Psychology

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.

Andrea W. Richa

Andrea W. Richa

Professor

Computer Science, CIDSE

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

Lee Hartwell, Ph.D.

Lee Hartwell, Ph.D.

Director

Biodesign Pathfinder Center, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University

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.

Shirley-Ann Augustin-Behravesh

Shirley-Ann Augustin-Behravesh

Senior Sustainability Scientist

School of Sustainability

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.

Nicholas Stephanopoulos, PhD

Nicholas Stephanopoulos, PhD

Assistant Professor

School of Molecular Sciences, Biodesign Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics

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.

Jit Muthuswamy

Jit Muthuswamy

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Barrett Honors Faculty

School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering

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

Panagiotis Artemiadis

Panagiotis Artemiadis

Associate Professor

School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

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.

Thomas Sugar, PhD, PE

Thomas Sugar, PhD, PE

Professor

The Polytechnic School, Engineering Program

I design and build wearable robotic systems mimicking the human musculoskeletal system.

Philip Horton

Philip Horton

Assistant Director & Clinical Assistant Professor

The Design School

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.

Yu Cao

Yu Cao

Professor

School of Electrical, Energy and Computer Engineering

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.

Jae-sun Seo

Jae-sun Seo

Assistant Professor

School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

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.

Daniel M. Aukes

Daniel M. Aukes

Assistant Professor

The Polytechnic School, Fulton Schools of Engineering

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.