Engineers, entrepreneurs, architects, and medical researchers across the world recognize the growing imperative of our coexistence with nature. The most inventive among them are inspired by the brilliant designs that exist in nature.
The idea is not new. Think Leonardo da Vinci whose sketchbooks were filled with inventions inspired by nature or the Wright brothers who studied birds when imagining a craft that could fly. Today, researchers are looking to nature and imaging everything from buildings that grow and adapt to their environments, to healthy eco-friendly sunscreen inspired by the chemical properties of hippo sweat.
The Natural History Museum of Utah invites you to hear from extraordinary minds who have embraced nature’s elegant and innovative designs to solve some of man’s most pressing problems.
James McLurkin's and Steven E. Naleway's lectures are free. Keynote tickets will go on sale February 22 for NHMU members and February 28 for the general public. Visit the NHMU website for more information and to reserve your seats.
JAMES MCLURKIN AT NHMU
Mar 13, 7pm
The Future of Robotics is Swarms: Why a Thousand Robots are Better Than One
STEVEN E. NALEWAY AT SALT LAKE CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Mar 29, 7pm
Blueprints from Biology
Engineers like Steven Naleway of the University of Utah are harnessing the hundreds of millions of years of design experience found in nature to understand how organisms thrive in their natural environments. Naleway uses the tools and techniques of engineering, chemistry, and physics as well as lessons learned from nature to develop designs and materials that benefit society.
Join Naleway as he outlines how the interconnected fields of biological materials science and bioinspired design offer the potential to provide ingenious solutions to modern engineering problems.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: NERI OXMAN AT KINGSBURY HALL
Apr 9, 7pm
Innovation in Design
Location: Natural History Museum of Utah
Contact Information: 801-581-6927