Banafsheh Khakipoor

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Banafsheh Khakipoor

Integrated Bioscience Biomimicry Fellow

Banafsheh Khakipoor completed her undergraduate studies in computer science in University of Wollongong, Dubai branch. Then, worked for two years as software engineer in Invensense Inc, Dubai branch. Followed by a postgraduate degree in bioinformatics at Aalto University of Finland. She learned about biomimicry at her senior year and as her interest grow in Biomimicry, she made her way to Akron to join 4th cohort of Biomimicry fellowship program at University of Akron. It is the only biomimicry PhD program she found that also allows her to work with industry to promote biomimicry. She works with TIES to create k-12 curriculum that uses biomimicry, her passion is for students to rediscover and get in touch with nature again, while learning about abstract topics in math, physics, programming, and many more.

“my passion is for students to rediscover and get in touch with nature again, while learning about abstract topics in math, physics, programming, and many more.

Her advisor is Dr. Moore and her projects involves a combination of Biomimicry curriculum development in STEM as well as deep learning algorithms to track the ecological changes in lake Erie, with focus on dead-zones and Harmful algal bloom in Avon Lake.

You can check out her blog at https://biomimist.com

More About Me

I Bet You Didn’t Know

  • When she isn’t working, she enjoys going out with friends and family, traveling to new places, and hiking.

What I Love About My Job

  • She loves the work she does for TIES, this bring out her creativity and let her work with amazing people to create fun lessons for students, the way she loves to be thought to!

A Transforming Moment

  • Her favorite TIES transformation definitely was when she went to her first Fab Lab and started working with laser cutter and 3D printer. This lead her to built her own 3D printer using Tevo Tarantual i3 kit !