Biomimicry, by its very nature, is a philosophy and a methodology for creating sustainable solutions to real-world problems.
Inquiry in biomimicry can begin with a specific challenge and ask: “How would nature solve this?” Other times it can begin with a promising biological strategy and explore: “How could humans adopt this?”
The Biomimicry Center will leverage the potential of biomimicry to support the development of sustainable solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. By bridging labs and disciplines both within ASU and across academia, we hope to increase the rate of innovation and idea generation in academia. Solutions emerging from research labs and educational endeavors will result in new intellectual property for faculty, students and ASU that can be developed collaboratively with industry or government partners.
The research goals of the the Biomimicry Center are aligned with the aspirations of the New American University to conduct “use-inspired research” for positive societal impact.
A Networked Approach
The Biomimicry Center will facilitate collaborative, biomimetic research opportunities for ASU faculty, especially in engineering, biology, design, and business.
A new Biomimicry Researchers Network being established by the Center will be the hub for researchers at ASU and other academic institutions to share best practices, explore collaboration opportunities, launch research projects and partner on large-scale initiatives.
Strong feedback loops amongst researchers will help foster enhanced biomimetic efforts and sustainability solutions.