April 27, 2017
ASM Trustee Night
Dr. Ryan M. Deacon
Physical Sciences Department
United Technologies Research Center
Biomimetics for Non-Biomaterials Engineers - An Introduction
Biomimetics refers to human-made processes, substances, devices or systems that imitate biology. Natural systems have been redesigned and improved gradually over thousands of years, resulting in elegant solutions that are tailor-made for specific problems.
In the past few decades, significant advances have been made in our understanding of natural design and its benefits, and in our ability to mimic nature. This has led to the development of innovative solutions for man-made challenges that take their inspiration from biology. We have also learned that it is not as easy as simply copying something found in nature. Successful biomimicry requires a thorough understanding not only of nature’s solution, but also of the problem it is intended to solve.
The field of biomimetics has moved far beyond the oft-cited example of Velcro® having its origin in the observation that burrs would readily stick in the fur of a dog walking through the woods. This talk will highlight some interesting examples of biomimetic design, and the benefits of looking to nature for inspiration in a variety of engineering applications. It will serve as an introduction to an important and expanding field of study that is not often a part of traditional materials science & engineering curricula.
Please register by Tuesday, April 25
Upcoming meeting: Fellows’ Night, May 25 featuring David Spenciner, FASM; currently Research Fellow, DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine. David is a former Chair of the Boston Chapter.
LOCATION & SCHEDULE
Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Dr
Cambridge, MA 02139
5:30 PM Social
6:30 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Presentation
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