Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center

The University of Akron is an internationally-recognized leader in the rapidly growing field of biomimicry. Our Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) is dedicated to connecting scientists, engineers, designers and businesspeople to catalyze biomimicry-based innovation. BRIC’s vision is for biomimicry to become a driver for sustainable economic development in Northeast Ohio and beyond.


Grad Fellowships

The University of Akron Biomimicry Fellowship Program provides interdisciplinary training in biology, design, engineering and business to next-gen innovation leaders pursuing PhDs in Integrated Bioscience or Polymer Science / Polymer Engineering. Biomimicry Fellows are supported through an industrial assistantship with an organizational sponsor, and over the course of a five-year doctoral program, dedicate up to 20 hours per week advancing biomimicry initiatives within their sponsoring organizations.

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Recent Headlines

Lake effect: Four big Erie Hack ideas that can help keep our lake Great

On Thursday, June 20, nine teams from across the Great Lakes region will gather in Cleveland to compete in the finals for Erie Hack 2.0—an innovation challenge spearheaded by Cleveland Water Alliance.

Super speedy spider hurls itself at prey using web as slingshot

Many animals use elastic energy storage to produce extremely rapid motions. Think of chameleons with their super-fast tongue, or fleas with their springy legs allowing them to jump incredible distances. In both cases, the energy is stored within the animal’s body.

Six of the most extreme jobs in science

Science Focus - Professor Hazel Barton, the internationally acclaimed microbiologist, is featured in this report.

No Venom, No Problem: This Spider Uses a Slingshot to Catch Prey

Mental Floss - The research conducted by Professor Todd Blackledge, Assistant Professor Henry Astley, and doctoral students Sarah Han and Daniel Maksuta continued to garner national attention. The results of their research were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Cleveland Water Alliance wins $15,000 Great Lakes Protection award - Researchers from UA plan to create 3D-printed spectrometers that can be used to detect phosphorus and nitrates in the Lake Erie watershed.



The BRIC drives to create an ecosystem of corporate, education, and non-profit partners to spark and realize inspiration.

Through professional education workshops, innovation services, the biomimicry fellowship program, and research and testing services, BRIC provides support and a bridge to our network.

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The University of Akron Biomimicry Fellowship Program was co-launched with Great Lakes Biomimicry (GLB). GLB helps recruit Fellow sponsors and administers the Corporate Innovation Council. The council, which includes the Biomimicry Fellows and sponsoring organizations, meets semiannually to network and share biomimicry best practices. Additionally, GLB and BRIC co-deliver Professional Education and Innovation Services.

Great Lakes Biomimicry


Undergraduate Certificate

The University of Akron's Undergraduate Certificate in Biomimicry is interdisciplinary and open to all majors. It is designed to give students training and experience in the theory, methods, and practice of seeking inspiration from living systems to solve technical challenges. Undergrads seeking a certificate will work with peers and faculty from departments including biology, art, engineering, and business to develop a skillset enabling problem-solving in a variety of contexts where innovation and sustainability are desired outcomes.

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