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Integrative Education and Research Training: CBID at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech’s Center for Biologically Inspired Design brings together a group of interdisciplinary biologists, engineers and physical scientists who seek to facilitate research, education, and training to promote and encourage biologically inspired design at all levels.

Desired Outcomes

21st Century

An inventor who is equipped with core strengths in engineering, but is also able to speak the language of and biology utilize its structures, processes, and principles.

21st Century

A naturalist who is able to team with engineers and physical scientists examine biological structures, processes, and systems in terms of evolved solutions to problems, and as sources of engineered designs.

21st Century

A designer who turns to the natural world for inspiration as to function, form, material and ecological footprint.

The participants of CBID believe that science and technology are increasingly hitting the limits of approaches based on traditional disciplines, and Biology may serve as an untapped resource for design methodology, with concept-testing having occurred over millions of years of evolution.

Experiencing the benefits of Nature as a source of innovative and inspiring principles encourages us to preserve and protect the natural world rather than simply to harvest its products.

  • Spirited community of scholars, engineers, designers in place such that Biologically Inspired Design (BID) is widely embedded in activities at Georgia Tech.
  • Magnet, recruiting tool for the best interdisciplinary biology students and faculty, and for GT students and faculty in general who are interested in bio-x for some x.
  • Active industrial traineeship program for students for placement of graduates in both industry and academia.