Nix Award and Lecture Symposium IV

Learning from Nature – From Insight to Sustainable Innovation

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
8:30 a.m. to Noon
Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, Sapphire Level, Ballroom D
Sponsored by:
TMS Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division, TMS Nanomechanical Materials Behavior Committee
Wendelin Wright, Bucknell University; Gang Feng, Villanova University

Bioinspiration and biomimetics are concerned with unraveling the fascinating workings of biological evolution: the resulting robust materials and “device” solutions, arrived at by blind trial and error, usually carry an impressive simplicity and elegance. What’s more, their built-in resource efficiency and sustainability are additional benefits vital for the continued existence of our environment. This symposium will highlight some outstanding examples of lessons learned from nature, e.g., for contact, robotics, and medicine. It will focus on the science behind them and on how their applications are beginning to make a difference in everyday life.

This award symposium was established to honor Professor William D. Nix and the tremendous legacy that he has developed and shared with the minerals, metals, and materials community and to highlight and promote continued progress and innovation relevant to research into the underlying mechanisms and mechanical behavior of macro-, micro-, and nanoscale materials. This symposium recognizes Nix’s hallmark of combining model-driven insight with predictive capabilities for achieving elegant materials solutions.

William D. Nix Award Lecturer

Speaker: Eduard Arzt, INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials and Saarland University
Lecture Title: "From Bioinspiration to Machine Learning—a New Concept for Object Manipulation"
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Featured Speakers

Subra Suresh, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
"Deep Learning from Nature and Machines for Engineered and Biological Materials"
Ulrike Wegst, Department of Physics, Northeastern University
"From Ice-Crystal Growth to Freeze-Cast Scaffolds for Biomedical Applications"
Xuan Zhang, INM–Leibniz Institute for New Materials
"Bioinspired Designs for Micro-Object Releasing"
Christoph Keplinger, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
"Artificial Muscles for the Lifelike Robots of the Future"