June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Design in Engineering Education
On August 2-4, 2016, the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and Great Lakes Biomimicry (GLBio), in collaboration with NASA, presented the first annual National Biomimicry Summit and Education Forum for Aerospace. The overall Summit Objective was to establish a convergence of practitioners, disciplines, bio-inspired philosophy, tools and research for the benefit of all. The Summit introduced VIBE, an online community where biomimetics can meet and collaborate in a virtual environment. VIBE was established by a multidisciplinary team at the NASA Glenn Research Center with the goal of creating a sustainable, cross-geographical, 24x7 online workspace. With biomimicry as its driving philosophy, VIBE seeks to advance biomimicry research in cooperation with partners from academia, industry and other government agencies. A design project was created at the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering based on the themes explored during the summit and asked 850 students in a first year engineering design and communication course to explore design inspired by nature and how it might benefit the following areas: 1. Materials and structures for extreme environments 2. Persistence of life in extreme environments 3. Guidance, navigation and communication 4. Next generation aeronautics and in-space propulsion 5. Sustainable energy conversion and power This paper will describe the design methodology and approaches used for this project, report on the outcomes, and discuss lessons learned.
Eggermont, M., & Hepp, A. F., & Shyam, V. (2017, June), Pigs in Space: A Bio-Inspired Design and Space Challenges Cornerstone Project Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28743
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