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ASU Issues World's First Biomimicry Degree


The basic premise of biomimicry is that science should look to nature. Termite mounds, for example, have inspired designs for more efficient climate control in hi-rise buildings.

The first students of the Biomimicry Master's degree at Arizona State University recently graduated in June. This is the first degree of its kind to be issued.

Biomimicry is an emerging field that seeks to provide design solutions that emulate natural phenomena. It started with the publication of the book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, by Janine Benyus, which sparked an interest in the idea. Real world demand led Benyus to team up with Dr. Dayna Baumeister to found the firm Biomimicry 3.8 (B3.8), which has worked with such clients as Nike and Coca-Cola. The two now teach at ASU, with which B3.8 has partnered to create the Biomimicry Center.

Biomimicry students study engineering, science and design, and use their knowledge of biology to create real-world solutions, such as more efficient climate control in buildings learned from studying termite mounds. Biomimicry promises to bring exciting innovations to many industries.

As seen in LASN magazine, October 2016.

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