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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Outline

    Introduction to Bio-Inspired Engineering



    Course Outline:

    I. Introduction
    A. A Classic Story of Bio-Inspired Engineering
    B. Bio-Inspired Engineering Defined
    C. BiE Yesterday and Today
    D. Biology vs Engineering

    II. Design
    A. Introduction
    B. Engineering Design
    C. Design in Nature

    III. Structures and Materials in Engineering
    A. Overview of Structures
    B. Application to Engineering Structures
    C. Constitutive Models

    IV. Structures and Materials in Nature
    A. Configuration in Nature
    B. Shape and Structure in Nature
    C. Natural Materials

    V. Compliant Structures
    A. The Compliant Paradigm in Nature
    B. Examples of Compliant Structures in Nature and Engineering
    C. Compliant Structure Response

    VI. Smart Engineering Structures
    A. Introduction
    B. Biological Smartness
    C. The Biological Neuron
    D. Self-Healing in Biology and Engineering

    VII. The Bio-Inspired Engineering Design Process
    A. Forward and Reverse Design Redux
    B. Resources for Bio-Inspired Engineering
    C. Reverse Design for Bio-Inspired Engineering