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Brook Byers Professor Weissburg Wins $3M Grant to Bring Biologically Inspired Design to High Schools
The way a ladybug folds its wings can help aerospace engineers design more compact satellites. Studying how ants dig tunnels could help us create our own tunnels more efficiently.
The idea of using nature’s examples to develop products and designs that benefit society is the cornerstone of a new project at Georgia Tech that aims to get more high school students interested in engineering.
Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the $3 million effort will put high school engineering teachers in research labs at Georgia Tech for five weeks.
“In an era of U.S. energy abundance, the persistently high energy bills paid by low-income households is troubling.” So begins the abstract to a new paper authored by Brook Byers Professor Marylin Brown and several co-authors. Prof. Brown is also a Georgia Regents’ Professor, Director of the Georgia Tech Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory, and a Nobel Laureate. The paper was recently published in the open access journal Progress in Energy, the full title of which is “Low-income Energy Affordability in an Era of U.S. Energy Abundance.”