Biomimicry: Proof of Concept within Industry (JMS. Projects (101…
Proof of Concept within
What is the current issue?
: Trying to connect biologist and biological information to industry (engineers/technicians) as potential solution to technical challenges.
How is this an issue?:
It normally occurs by Chance: Biologists identify a biological strategy that they see a potential application for within industry or 2) biologists by chance realize the potential of their own study and how this could be applicable to industry.
Why is this important to me:
Currently the approach is for Industry to have a technical challenge that they need to be solved and then explore potential biological strategies for solutions, constant struggle or trying to explore the vast amount of biological information. Why not have it the other way around have biologist with a deep understanding of their model system identify technical challenges or fields of application and create synergies between industry and research. Connect people not just information.
: By removing the chance that biologists see a potential field of application for their research may increase the number of meaningful biomimicry projects which may have better funding if supported through an industry. This may also increase the number of potential PhD fellowships with industries here at Akron if we can connect biologists from Akron with Industries of interest.
How could you do this?:
Create a framework that biologists can use to help them identify potential fields of application of their research. It could work in both ways with having companies file their list of challenges that they face and their level of interest in a biomimicry project, their type of resources, location and manufacturing processes to enable a more relevant and purposeful connection between biologists and industry.
What will this look like?
: A network of biologists and industry partners committed to biomimicry projects connected through relevance of solution, scale, location, manufacturing etc.
: University of Akron Expertise: Gecko Adhesion: What are the biological strategies: what types of industries would these strategies be applicable too? What companies of this type are in the area? Reach out to the companies what are the main technical challenges they face? Could these biological strategies overcome one or some of these? Consider - fit with company, manufacturing process, funding from company and university. Could this be a potential consultancy project or could this be a possible biomimicry fellowship sponsor?
So many tools and classes for engineers or designs to learn how to interact with biological information. What about the other way around for biologists to interact with engineering design or innovation etc. What skills do I need as a biologist? what classes should I be taking etc?
What is a current issue? and What do I want to do about it?
There is a high innovative potential of biomimicry within industry but to date there are very few papers that have shown its value within an industrial context: Kennedy, Lurie, Mead, Fayemi, Waeniack------?? Thus my overall goal is to demonstrate the value of biomimicry as an innovation process within industry and make suggestions on how to and how not to integrate it.
How is this a current problem?.
The opportunity to carry out research in an industrial setting is very limited possibly due to industrial constraints on resources, time or even the lack of knowledge of the process itself. Thus proof of concept studies and development of best practice tools and methodologies are very important but to date are performed within academic settings which may not be generalizable within industrial context due to the level of life experience of participants or have shown to not provide statistically significant results.
Why is this important to me?
I think that if there was more research to date from an industrial context showing successful and maybe not so successful methods and tools used then we could develop a best practice method for industry based on these findings. This could lead to a more clear method of practice for industry specifically which may entice more companies to adopt the process.
How do you hope to achieve this overall goal?
Through proof of concept studies demonstrating novelty, creativity, effectiveness and relevance. 1) Innovation sessions for product development to show the novelty and creativity of concept generated comparing a bio-inspired process versus another innovation process. 2) Workshops working through technical challenges to show the novelty, creativity and relevance of biomimicry as an innovation process. 3) Training in biomimicry to enable the company to adopt this type of innovation process. 4) throughout all evaluating the effectiveness and usefulness of tools, frameworks, methods and settings used.
What will the final outcome be?: A body of work that recommends best practices for practitioners on how to 1) best teach biomimicry to industry, 2) how to conduct innovation sessions and workshops (frameworks and tools) and 3) how to facilitate such a inter/trans disciplinary innovation sessions (personal skills).
Main Question To Answer
: how do we design studies with business professionals that generate statistically significant results and encourage widespread adoption of biomimicry?
I have so many potential projects within JMS that I think that a proof of concept PhD would be doable.
: CK Map Template to show effective learning of biomimicry process and how this instills excitement and creativity but also enables people to see how this innovation process can be relevant to their own challenges. (I could track projects that arise from the class)
Pet Food New Product Innovation Session:
To show how biomimcry compares to a historical innovation session that took place a year ago compare concepts for novelty, creativity and relevance. Compare sessions for commitment of time, resources, costs (Location etc). This has turned into a much larger project with the project managers developing a team to debrief me on up to date knowledge on Jobs to be Done projects.
: Have been asked to lead a workshop on a packaging project. Have biological models identified and research a little bit but didn't pursue the project further as of yet but it is still possible to do so. This could be a proof of concept workshop series to show a possible framework: Use Fayemi process tree and see what are the hurdles or pitfalls and what hurdles I face using such a process. I also imaging that the company has tried to face this challenge in the past could be another opportunity to compare a historical project.
: Another project that just recently started about how do we look beyond incremental innovations and innovate for the future. Maybe a possibility to show how Bio Inspired design enables us to think beyond incremental innovation to more radical innovations.
: Front end of Innovation for sustainability. Have been added onto the sustainability team who have started a project trying to see how they can incorporate sustainability metrics into their product development process. They have technical and commercial readiness meetings is it time to create eco readiness meetings? What would that type of a framework look like? would it possible to adapt life principles or something along those lines to create such a document.
that have been discussed: Bleaching process in crisco oil: is there a better way to remove color and particles, foil packaing waste on portion control cups: is their a better way to seal these containers, water scarcity is there a way we can save water? waterless cleaning perhaps?
: K cups and fruit Tea for dunkin. There is an intern coming in for the summer months thus hoping to collaborate on a project to gather data.
FORMAL: Peter, Joelle (X), Emily, (X)
INFORMAL: Ven, Richard,
Yr 1: Petra: Bio Inspired Design (3 Cred). 701 & 702
Yr 2. Peter Reading in Biomimicry (1Cred). 703 & 704
701: Perception of Biomimicry within Industry techniques paper forTodds class.
702 & 703: The impact of serrations on water disturbance: inspiration from crocodile tails.
Petra Class: Bio Inspired Exercise equipment for NASA. Folding platform for exercise to enlarging footing space for better form during exercise. Inspiration from folding in nature: dandelion and slingjaw wrass.
Peter Class: Development of ontology to integrate Engineering to Biology Thesaurus with J.Vincent Ontology.?? or something like that.
My Dream Job. Facilitating biomimicry workshops in Industry for the creation of novel (hopefully more circular) products, processes or systems. Teaching biomimicry to different age groups from different fields in a fun and engaging way to not only understand the process but how they might apply it in their own work or studies etc.
What Classes and skills do I need to better achieve this goal??