Knowledge Transfer

The EBICS Knowledge Transfer goal is to develop effective mechanisms and pathways to facilitate intellectual exchanges between institutions and partners of various types that will support the sharing of knowledge, information, and the application of new technology. Drs. Rashid Bashir (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Lizanne DeStefano (Georgia Institute of Technology) serve as the EBICS Knowledge Transfer co-Directors.

To meet this goal, we are building a research community that brings together such diverse groups as developmental biologists and controls engineers, developing a common language, and promoting new interactions.  Because the Center’s discoveries are expected to have a direct impact on critical national needs in energy, environment, security, and healthcare, EBICS is taking a leading role in developing applications based on Center research by fostering industrial partnerships. 

Through outreach programs, EBICS hopes to attract more young students into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and particularly into the interdisciplinary field between biology and engineering, with the goal of strengthening the future U.S. workforce’s competitiveness in a global economy. In addition, EBICS has developed programs for the general public that promote an understanding and appreciation of the innovative work of the Center.

Specifically EBICS seeks to:

  • Disseminate new ideas and approaches into the broader R&D community through conferences, symposia, and workshops at professional conferences
  • Revolutionize industrial practices at the biology-engineering interface
  • Stimulate government agencies to incorporate forward engineering of multi-cellular biological systems into their program areas
  • Increase public awareness of EBICS activities through multimedia communications