Bio-inspired

NSF workshop sets out to define ‘bio-inspired geotechnics’ and lay groundwork for new collaborations

Alejandro Martinez welcomes engineers, biologists, physicists and others to the First International Workshop on Bio-Inspired Geotechnics in May at the University of California, Davis. The unique gathering aimed to better define the emerging field of bio-inspired geotechnics and connect researchers from a broad range of disciplines to collaborate on groundbreaking ideas in the area. (Photo: Noah Pflueger-Peters/UC Davis)

A melting pot of experts with research interests as diverse as geotechnical engineering, termite burrowing, tree physiology, granular physics and soft robotics trickled in from around the world in late May for the First International Workshop on Bio-Inspired Geotechnics. The NSF-funded workshop brought together 60 experts from engineering and science research, as well as industry, to foster dialogue and collaborations to better establish the field of bio-inspired geotechnics.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Drew 7th-graders design, 3-D print, test bio-inspired foundations

3-D printed models of the deep-pile foundations seventh-graders from Atlanta’s Drew Charter School designed as part of a STEM outreach program through the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the NSF-funded Center for Bio-Mediated and Bio-Inspired Geotechnics. (Photo: Jess Hunt-Ralston)

Two months of engineering lessons culminated in this: a 3-D printed plastic model buried in a bucket of sand.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Using nature’s roadmap: Frost helps lead new NSF center that could change the face of geotechnical engineering

An $18.5 million investment from the National Science Foundation will help researchers at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech — along with colleagues at Arizona State, New Mexico State, and the University of California, Davis — tap into the lessons nature teaches us and, potentially, revolutionize geotechnical engineering in the process.

Monday, August 10, 2015
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