CLEVELAND, July 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and Great Lakes Biomimicry, in collaboration with NASA, announced they will host the 1st Annual National Biomimicry Summit and Education Forum (BSEF). From August 2-4, biomimicry leaders across the U.S. will make their way to Northeast Ohio, which is quickly becoming the hub for the innovative industry.
Located on the OAI campus in Cleveland, the conference will give attendees the opportunity to learn from experts about the multitude of ways nature's 3.8 billion years of research and development is inspiring aeronautics, space exploration, robotics, materials development, communication technology, architecture and more.
"Experts from NASA and more than 20 universities across the U.S. are converging in Cleveland for BSEF," said Howard Thompson, OAI senior program manager. "We are excited to have 2016 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers recipient, Dr. Vikram Shyam, as a presenter. He and his team of researchers at the NASA Glenn Research Center are bringing biomimicry to the aerospace industry with work such as airfoils inspired by harbor seal whiskers to reduce drag, fuel and noise in jet engines."
Over the course of three days, presenters will highlight first-hand experience of cutting edge biomimicry research and applications. Off-site evening receptions at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Cleveland Museum of Natural History provide attendees the opportunity to visit renowned Cleveland landmarks, while enjoying the rich culture and excitement of the city.
"We are proud to collaborate with NASA and OAI in hosting this significant gathering of biomimicry technology experts," said Tom Tyrrell, CEO and founder, Great Lakes Biomimicry. "No one interested in the field of biomimicry should miss this rare opportunity to access so much knowledge in one venue."
The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the aerospace competitiveness of its corporate partners and university members through research and technology development, workforce preparedness and engagement with global networks for innovation and advocacy. OAI's industry membership program is the largest of its kind in the Great Lakes region. For more information, visit www.oai.org.
SOURCE The Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI)