Derek Miller is originally from Marion, Iowa. Being raised on taking apart computers, drawing in sketchbooks, and all-day adventures wandering the woods next to his childhood home has led him to appreciate both the arts and the sciences. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and Biology from the University of Northern Iowa, where he worked in a turtle research lab and took care of turtles, snakes, and a couple alligators.
Being both an artist and a biologist, Derek became strongly influenced by the paintings and sketches of Leonardo da Vinci. He was fascinated by the details of the artist’s drawings, and the inspiration from nature that is seen in his inventions. It was this interdisciplinary approach that inspired Derek to pursue the field of Biomimicry at the University of Akron, where he hopes to use art and design as a way to reveal the genius and beauty of the natural world.
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MC2 STEM High School
To merge the arts and sciences through biomimicry, and create architectural and interactive designs through interfaces between digital and physical environments.