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Don Carr

Don Carr, professor and program coordinator of collaborative design in the School of Design, has been named a 2016 SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellow. The program was created to strengthen faculty scholarship in SyracuseCoE research areas, support SyracuseCoE engagements with industry partners and provide research leadership to SyracuseCoE core technical areas.

As part of the program, SyracuseCoE offers seed funding to support faculty researchers at Syracuse University in SyracuseCoE’s core focus areas: clean and renewable energy, indoor environmental quality and water resources. Carr’s accepted proposal focuses on the emerging science of biomimicry, defined by the Biomimicry Institute as “an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies.” Carr’s goal is to establish a regional biomimicry network that will operate from the SyracuseCoE.

"Working with our neighboring networks--Biomimicry NYC, Biomimicry New England, and Great Lakes Biomimicry--we’re eager to establish our region as a key contributor," says Carr.

SyracuseCoE is New York State’s Center of Excellence for Environmental and Energy Systems. Led by Syracuse University, SyracuseCoE engages faculty, students and collaborators at 200+ firms and institutions to catalyze innovations that improve energy efficiency, environmental quality and resilience in healthy buildings and cleaner, greener communities.