Biomimicry Cards Demonstrate How to Connect Engineering Problems to Biological Solutions
Nature provides a rich source of engineering solutions, but undergraduate engineering students often have difficulty making the conceptual leap required to apply natural solutions to open-ended design problems. It is imperative that students uncover evidence that will enable the useful application of the laws of nature. The authors developed biomimicry cards to help students apply nature's laws to design problems. The prototype biomimicry cards are designed to expose students to the fundamental mapping problem between function and form. One stack of cards presents biological principles that might be applied to design problems. Another stack of cards presents design problems to be solved. The authors developed a card-based activity in which the students explore links between biological principles and engineering problems. This activity is designed to provide a quick, fun, interactive introduction to biomimicry.
Darrell Kleinke has over twenty-five years of industry experience in the design and development of electro-mechanical systems. As a tenure-track facultymember of the UDM Mechanical Engineering Department, he has adopted a program of instruction that UDM has branded \"Faces on Design.\"The guiding principle is that student project work is more meaningful and fulfilling when students have the opportunity to see and experience thefaces of real, live... Read More →
Terri Lynch-Caris is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Kettering University. She earned her doctoral degree in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2000 after working for Ford Motor Company and General Motors. She earned her Master\'s from Purdue University and Bachelor\'s from Kettering University. She holds a license from the State of Michigan as a Professional Engineer in... Read More →
Jonathan Weaver is Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy. Weaver teaches a variety of courses, many of them focused on innovation, creativity, and the product development process. He holds a BS degree from Virginia Tech, and MS and PhD degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He serves as the co-curriculum director for the Master\'s in Product Development Program, is a Kern Entrepreneurship... Read More →
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