Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A09. Bioinspiration

After a hunting trip in the Swiss Alps, an engineer saw his pant legs were covered in burrs. Rather than simply being annoyed, he developed Velcro. Similar stories can be told for countless other bioinspired inventions from prosthetic limbs to body armour and light-harvesting materials. In this course, we will explore the world of bioinspiration. We will investigate animals, plants, and single-celled organisms to understand how they have inspired not only humans, but also, other organisms, to imitate their form and function. Students will participate in a one-day field trip.

Laura Macesic EkstromLaura Macesic Ekstrom
Assistant Professor of Biology