Focus for Sponsor:
Help to develop a database, PeTaL (Periodic Table of Life), that will link biology and engineering by translating technical concepts between the disciplines, and producing models for biomimetic inspiration. Digitize data from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s entomology archives, enabling NASA researchers to access entomology data for nature-inspired applications to aerospace.
Studies the wing folding mechanisms and flight mechanics of Coleoptera, focusing on the transition beetle wings make between stable states and the application of biological material properties to the creation of synthetic materials for engineering
Colleen has worked all over the country in various fields. As a Biomimicry Fellow at The University of Akron, she is expanding her research from botany and ecosystem ecology to entomology and biomechanics. She collaborates with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on insect-inspired biomimicry projects and desires to make the biomimetic process simpler and more accessible to researchers in all disciplines.