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

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.
Local UN Youth Climate Summit Rep Wants to Bring Better Version to Northeast Ohio

Cleveland Scene - Elena Stachew, a doctoral candidate at UA's Biomimicry Research & Innovation Center, represented Northeast Ohio at the United Nations Youth Climate Summit in New York City earlier this month. Stachew discussed plans to organize a Cleveland summit in 2020.

BRIC represented at international conference this week

Dr. Petra Gruber, a core faculty member in our Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center (BRIC), and Biomimicry Fellow Ariana Rupp, took part in the International Conference for Bionic Engineering (ICBE2019) hosted at Jilin University in Changchun, China, from Sept. 23-26.

Projects from UA colleagues among Knight Arts Challenge winners
Among the UA winners is the Art Bomb Brigade, which was first made possible from a Knight Arts Challenge Award three years ago.
Remora-inspired suction disk mimics fish's adhesion ability, offers evolutionary insight

Kaelyn Gamel and Austin Garner, Integrated Bioscience doctoral candidates at UA, collaborated on research into the adhesion ability of the Remora fish. 



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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