Biomimicry is an emergent field of study that derives human design applications from natural systems. Historically, designers and scientists have studied biomimicry separately. But what would happen if the two groups combined their research processes to explore functional biodiversity? What if innovative design thinking guided the process of scientific inquiry, and design solutions were generated alongside scientific discovery? A group of biologists and designers from the Museum and NC State have been asking these questions as they research ants. Come find out how design and biology are working together to advance their knowledge of, and to derive human applications from, these six-legged insects!
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Dr. Adrian Smith (NC Museum of Natural Sciences) and Dr. Clint Penick (NC State) are biologists interested in the behavior, evolution, and ecology of social insects with a particular interest in ants. Sara Glee Queen (NC State) is an Assistant Professor of Architecture interested in urban systems and the processes which shape physical place, cultural space, and social territory. Together, they have been working with a group of NC State students in the field of biomimicry. They are collectively interested in an interdisciplinary approach to working with biological models that yields insights useful to both biology and the human-designed world.