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Friday, March 23 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Bio-TRIZ: An extension of TRIZ to connect engineering problems to biological solutions

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Genrich Altschuller's theory of inventive problem solving, TRIZ, is built on the vast quantities of manmade solutions available in patent databases. By defining contradictions, TRIZ leads the design engineer to principles that have been applied by inventors faced with similar contradictions. The authors propose a technique, which they are dubbing Bio-TRIZ, that extends the basic philosophy of TRIZ so that an engineer/designer faced with a contradiction who is referred to one or several of Altschuller's principles is simultaneously presented not only with manmade illustrations of the relevant principles but also biological examples of those principles.

The authors believe the proposed approach will more efficiently and routinely allow designers to employ principles of biomimicry to everyday problems.


Terri Lynch-Caris

Terri Lynch-Caris is an Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Kettering University. She earned her doctoral degree in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2000 after working for Ford Motor Company and General Motors. She earned her Master\'s from Purdue University and Bachelor\'s from Kettering University. She holds a license from the State of Michigan as a Professional Engineer in... Read More →

Jonathan Weaver

Jonathan Weaver is Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Detroit Mercy. Weaver teaches a variety of courses, many of them focused on innovation, creativity, and the product development process. He holds a BS degree from Virginia Tech, and MS and PhD degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He serves as the co-curriculum director for the Master\'s in Product Development Program, is a Kern Entrepreneurship... Read More →

Friday March 23, 2012 2:30pm - 4:00pm
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