Bioinspiration is a methodology in which biological systems, processes, and elements are studied to draw analogies to be applied to human design and industrial challenges. We take a multi-discipline approach to problem solving in which diverse disciplines (such as biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and design) assemble bio-inspired viewpoints to advance innovative solutions in transportation, renewable energy, consumer products, medical devices, behavioral processes, and beyond.
San Diego Zoo Global (SDZ Global) has engaged in bioinspiration since 2006, hosting an annual biomimicry conference, K-12 and professional educational programs, educational collaborations, and corporate innovation workshops. In 2012, SDZ Global established the Center for Bioinspiration to advance the development of solutions inspired by nature. Below are examples of bioinspired engineering and design solutions— can you help us think of more?