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

A Close Look at a Sticky Situation

New Research Finds Missing Link between Soft Surface Adhesion and Surface Roughness

Harvesting fog can provide fresh water in desert regions - Assistant Professor Hunter King and Aida Shahrokhian, a graduate student in King's research group, are collaborating in research to develop freshwater supplies in arid climates.

UA professor says snakes are key to better-moving robots

The physics of underwater locomotion is at the center of Assistant Professor Henry Astley's research. Astley was awarded the two-year EAGER (Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) grant from the National Science Foundation to study this phenomenon

Spiders, Quantum Supremacy, Missouri Runoff. Oct 25, 2019, Part 1

WNYC StudiosSarah Han, a doctoral candidate and biomimicry fellow at UA's Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC), spoke about her research on the triangle weaver spider on the nationally syndicated National Public Radio (NPR) radio program, "Science Friday." Han's interview is available at minute 25:00 of the program.

Bird feathers inspire research on structural colors
Research inspired by such bird feathers could lead to the production of more vivid colors in such things as cosmetics and wide-angle displays on tablets and televisions.



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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