This page focuses on the course 2.A35 Biomimetic Principles and Design as it was taught by Prof. Michael Triantafyllou in Fall 2013.
This course is a Freshman Advising Seminar on the topic of biomimesis/biomimetics, or the scientific method of learning new principles and processes based on systematic study, observation, and experimentation with live animals and organisms.
Course Goals for Students
- Gain exposure to methods of biomimetics
- Understand biomimetic principles
- Explore genetic algorithms
- Confidently approach biomimetic problem solving
Possibilities for Further Study/Careers
- Pursuit of an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering
- Application of the processes and methods of biomimetics to another field of study
None. This is a freshman-level course.
MIT's Freshman Advising Seminar requirement
Occasionally, during the fall semester.
Breakdown by Year
Breakdown by Major
When choosing a Freshman Advising Seminar, students are encouraged not to focus too intently on what they think their majors might be.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 6 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
- Met one time per week for 2 hours per session; 11 sessions total.
- Discussed and critiqued topics covered in the textbook
Out of Class
Read the assigned chapters from the textbook