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Expert in Biomimicry & Design Thinking

Expert ID: 733941 Washington, USA

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Expert has been an strategist and consultant that uses insights from biology to help people, and organizations create more sustainable and resilient solutions for over a decade.

He has worked in multiple industries including; advanced manufacturing, aerospace, architecture, high tech, healthcare, food and beverage, and energy. He has led research teams on projects that span months, and re-organize billion dollar companies.

Expert was one of the first biologists hired by the global design firm IDEO, where he worked to bring biology into the design thinking practice. He co-founded a non-profit, that accelerates looking to nature as a source for education and innovation. He is also the founder of a small consultancy company.

A future focused Design Researcher & Biological Strategist who builds teams capable of impacting business decisions, strategy, product design, manufacturing, and innovation. Possesses practical knowledge of design thinking, project leadership, innovation, materials, and sustainability.

Experienced in high tech, mobile development, aerospace, health, architecture and urban planning industries.
Core competencies include:
Human-Centered Design | Bio-Inspired Design | Writing | Biomolecular Science | Consulting | Public Speaking | Facilitation


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2004 Degree: M.S. Subject: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Institution: University of California Santa Barbara
Year: 2000 Degree: B.A Subject: Biology Institution: Colby College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Founder & Chief Department: Responsibilities: Lead multifaceted strategy, innovation, and research projects that expand the capabilities and impact of organizations. For example, at Fiat Chrysler Automotive (FCA) Expert led a human-centered design team that conducted expert interviews, field immersions, questionnaires, and ethnographic studies in order to create prototypes, and personas to evolve our modular framework of innovation tools. Were able to create biologically inspired content that fit FCA’s innovation culture and engineering environment. FCA uses our results today to inspire hundreds of engineers around the world each year by looking to the natural world.
Years: 2013 to 2014 Employer: IDEO Title: Biologist & Designer Department: Responsibilities: Conducted human-centered design research for projects in technology, health, and business organization. Expert also worked with teams globally to bring biological insights for business strategy and innovation. For example, a healthcare client sought to create a mobile platform to connect their diabetes injection pen to a mobile strategy. Conducted ethnographic research, market immersion, competitive analysis, and biologically inspired analogies to develop prototypes that we shared both internally and externally to help people imagine the future of connected care. Developed design principles, and communicated our findings to the executive team that altered their digital strategy globally, including purchasing a digital healthcare company, and integrating their hardware and software platforms with new roles in the organization to optimize results for patients and doctors.
Years: 2007 to 2012 Employer: Biologist at the Design Table Title: Strategist Department: Responsibilities: Biomimicry3.8 helps clients incorporate nature’s time tested strategies into products, organizations, and services.
Lead design research groups that gathered biological insights, and conducted competitive analysis to deliver innovation strategies. Gave talks at industry meetings, and educational settings, conducted workshops, and collaborated with scientists to create new products and educational services. Work included new materials development, planning strategies, manufacturing technologies, and partnerships that generated millions of dollars of income for clients, saved millions of tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, and increased biodiversity in thousands of acres of forest.

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