ECHO18 Featured Topic: Biomimicry

Presenter at Akron Zoo

June 13, 2018 • Mike Clifford • Zoos + Aquariums

For the last 3.8 billion years, our earth has been engaged in the most rigorous research and development ever tested. We gathered experts Dr. Vikram Shyam from NASA Glenn Research Center, Dr. David Benko from Goodyear Innovation Center, and Dr. Peter Niewiarowski from The University of Akron’s Biomimicry Fellowship Program who shared their biomimicry expertise during our thought leadership conference at ECHO.

During the session, our groups looked at learning and mass data sharing from leading scientists all over the globe. Participants explored the value proposition of nature’s research and development for companies. And they encountered the ideas behind the most well-developed biomimicry organization in the nation.

Dr. Peter Niewiarowski

Dr. Vikram Shyam

Dr. David Benko

ECHO18 groups during Biomimicry session



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