SPIE and the SS/NDE symposium have partnered with the San Diego Zoo to promote the value of bioinspired engineering design. We began this collaboration in 2011, when the SPIE conference, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication moved to the SS/NDE symposium. The San Diego Zoo joined the event with a special animal presentation as a way to illustrate the value of bioinspiration.
Panel Discussion: Wednesday 12 March 2014 from 2:15 PM - 3:30 PM. The 2014 program contains a panel discussion titled, “Biomimicry, Bioinspiration, and the San Diego Zoo”. This panel is open for all attendees. A representative from the San Diego Zoo will introduce the audience to an 'animal ambassador' and explain some of the remarkable features that can provide inspiration for the work of engineers and scientists. Panelists will discuss the current state of bioinspiration in the research lab, design challenges, and future solutions and will focus on all aspects of engineered biomimicry, including education, awareness, applications, research, and funding sources. For more info, go to the Special Events page, and click on the Technical Events link, scroll down.
The San Diego Zoo aims to become a key center in the biomimicry movement; collaborating with regional, national, and global organizations to build San Diego into a global hub for biomimicry education, awareness, research, and applications. They hope that one day all designers, engineers, researchers, and more will turn to their facilities as a living design center to inspire students, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and companies to learn about and apply nature's existing design to mitigate design problems faced by humankind.
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SS/NDE, the San Diego Zoo and the Animal Ambassador Program
Animal Ambassador 2011 - 'Laveau'
A representative from the San Diego Zoo will introduce the audience to an 'animal ambassador' and explain some of the unique features that can provide inspiration for the work of engineers. Because of the unique nature of animal presentations, the specific animal will remain a mystery until the day of the event...
More information about the SD Zoo Biomimicry project
Animal Ambassador 2012 - 'Shaman'
2012 featured 'Shaman' a Great Horned Owl whose serrated feathers allow silent flight for nighttime predation. Engineers have developed the The Shinkansen Bullet Train with a nose based on a Kingfisher beak, and serrated fins based on owl feathers. These designs help to reduce noise in urban settings. Sunni Robertson from the San Diego Zoo demonstrates some of the unique qualities of Shaman's physical structures at the 2012 SS/NDE event. View video
Animal Ambassador 2013 - 'Monty'
A 35-year old python helped the staff from the Zoo's Centre for Bioinspiration demonstrate the application of thermal sensors and mechanical propulsion systems.