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The Chair’s Distinguished Seminar Series brings scholars of national and international reputation who have made an impact in the field of aerospace engineering and beyond. This seminar series will cover a diversity of topics of current interest to those in academia, industry and the general public. It is our hope that these monthly seminars will encourage an exchange of ideas and bring aerospace engineering and science to the forefront. Please join us for our upcoming seminars.

William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Distinguished Seminar Series:

4:00pm to 5:00pm, Mondays
Johnson Hall 075
UW Campus, Seattle WA

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Download the speaker bio & abstract: Morteza Gharib (Not available)

Download the Autumn 2016 Distinguished Seminar Series Poster

Dr. Morteza Gharib (Caltech) | Monday, Dec. 5, 2016:
Vice Provost for Research
Professor, Aeronautics
Professor, Bio-Inspired Engineering

Talk Title:

Lessons for Bio-Inspired Design


What can we learn from the fluid dynamics of the embryonic heart, flapping fish and fluttering leaves?


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Gharib’s creative impulse is most certainly inspired by the history of engineering, science, design and nature as evidenced by his body of work and his keen interest in the work of Leonardo da Vinci. Indeed, on the Gharib Research Group’s website is the quote from Bronowski’s The Ascent of Man: “Man is unique not because he does science, and he is unique not because he does art, but because science and art equally are expressions of his marvelous plasticity of mind.” Mory Gharib’s work has been molded by Leonardo da Vinci’s heart valve fluid dynamics. His work on this topic has been published in research journals, referenced in four books about Da Vinci, and is featured in the PBS Series “Leonardo’s Dream Machines”(2003). A replica of the heart valve designed by Leonardo da Vinci was created by Professor Gharib and his team, and became part of the exhibit, Leonardo Da Vinci: Experience, Experiment, and Design, at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (14 September 2006 - 7 January 2007).​


To be announced....



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