Great Lakes Biomimicry                                                 Ohio Aerospace Institute


Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM EDT
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Ohio Aerospace Institute
22800 Cedar Point Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44142

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Featured Speaker                         Julian Vincent - Professor Emeritus, University of Bath       

EVENT FLYER                   

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities                             Click below to learn more about Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities.


Non U.S. Participants                Non U.S. participants are required to submit an International Visitors Form no later than September 4, 2017 to




Guest rooms are reserved at the Marriott at discounted rates.

Marriott HotelCleveland Airport Marriott Hotel       4277 West 150th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44135

Rate: $119 per night
Book by: September 12, 2017
CLICK HERE to make reservations at the Marriott.

Transportation arrangements between OAI and the evening event locations will be provided.


Howard Thompson                            Ohio Aerospace Institute 440.962.3237         

Vikram Shyam
NASA Glenn Research Center

Trisha Brown
Great Lakes Biomimicry

Mary Roberts (registration assistance) Ohio Aerospace Institute               

OAI and Great Lakes Biomimicry



in collaboration with NASA

The goal of the Summit is to continue the momentum from last year's Summit, establishing a convergence of practitioners, disciplines, bio-inspired philosophy, tools, and research to benefit NASA, the nation, and the planet.  This convergence is enriched by your participation.

Evening events continue the themes and provide networking opportunities and interactive learning.  A tour of Cleveland's Western Reserve Historical Society's Crawford Collection, and an intriguing look into the laboratory life of the University of Akron's Polymer Research Institute provides a look at nature inspired exploration for our participants and sponsoring organizations.

Space is limited, so please register early.  We hope to see you at the Summit!

                               AGENDA AT GLANCE                                (weekly updates)

                                                             Tuesday, October 3rd                                                           4:00 – 7:00 p.m.        Early Registration                                                                               Volunteer Orientation

 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.        Poster Presentations                                                                                          Pecha Kucha

Wednesday, October 4th - Perspectives on Nature-Inspired Technology     7:30 -  8:30 a.m.      Registration/Continental Breakfast

  8:30 - 11:30 a.m.      Welcome/Various Talks

 11:30 -  1:00 p.m.      Lunch

  1:00 -  2:00 p.m.      Julian Vincent, Professor Emeritus, University of Bath    

  2:00 -  3:50 p.m.      “Systematic Design of Biologically-Inspired Engineering                                   Solutions”

   3:50 -  4:00 p.m.      Wrap Up

  4:30 -   8:00 p.m.     Networking Event/Museum of the Western  Reserve                                      (transportation will be provided)

Thursday, October 5th – Materials, Structures and Processes for Extreme Environments  
  7:30 -  8:45 a.m.      Registration/Continental Breakfast

  8:45 -11:30 a.m.      Day 2 Intro/Various Talks

11:30 -  1:00 p.m.      Lunch/Poster Awards

  1:00 -  4:00 p.m.      Various Talks and Wrap Up

  4:00 -   8:00 p.m.     Networking Event/University of Akron                                                               (transportation will be provided)

                 Friday, October 6th – Ideas into Action                                           7:30 -  8:45 a.m.     Registration/Continental Breakfast

  8:45 - 11:45 a.m.     Day 3 Intro/Various Talks

 11:45 -  1:15 p.m.     Lunch

  1:15 -  2:45 p.m.     NASA VINE Cluster Working Mtgs & EPSCoR  Mtgs

  3:00 -  3:30 p.m.     Cluster Catalyst Meeting

   For a complete tentative agenda, CLICK HERE!

Summit Registration

Registration is required to attend this event. All registration fees include the evening special events.  To register, please click the appropriate button below.  Deadline to register is September 15th!

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(NASA/NASA Onsite Contractors, Other Gov't Agencies and Non Profit only)

(OAI and GL Biomimicry/Corporate Innovation Council members only)

(Students only)

                                                                                                                          (Speakers only) 

                                                                                                                        (Student Volunteers only)

(Use this button if you plan to attend only one day)